Bens-Wesley clash for Shelton Wirasinha - Bro Alban Patrick Challenge Trophy

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By: M. Shamil Amit

Feb. 27 (Daily Mirror) - The historic collaboration between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College are set to reach new heights as they tee off in the firstever Bens-Wesley Golf Encounter, vying for the prestigious Shelton Wirasinha and Bro Alban Patrick Championship Trophy.

This match marks the continuation of a cherished tradition of sports encounters between the two esteemed institutions, following the resounding success of the recently commenced 'Match made in Heaven' cricket series.

The Bens – Wesley Golf encounter is scheduled for March 5, 2024 at the prestigious Royal Colombo Golf Club and also will coincide with Wesley’s Sesquicentennial celebrations this year.

Wesley Golfers from all parts of world gathering in Sri Lanka for their sesquicentennial celebrations together with their local team mates will provide a formidable challenge to the Benedictines and the encounter will witness players showcasing their golfing prowess in a bid for glory.

The Championship trophy, named in honor of two revered figures from the respective schools, Mr. Shelton Wirasinha and Bro. Alban Patrick Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the team with the best stable ford points, along with recognizing the best overall player and runner-up.

Mr. Shelton Wirasinha, an exemplary figure in the annals of Wesley was the second longest serving Principal of Wesley. Brother Alban Patrick, was a long serving Director of St. Benedict's during one of its best periods in sports and education.

Players will compete for individual glory as well, with Wesley presenting the Prof. Maharoff Ismail Challenge Trophy in memory of an outstanding alumnus, who was closely associated with the development and support for academia of his alma mater. St. Benedict's will present the Mclarens Trophy to the best performer in honour of an old boy who has contributed immensely towards the welfare of the college.

The inaugural awards ceremony will be graced by Deshabandu Jezima Ismail wife of late Prof. Maharoof Ismail, Bro. Pubudu Rajapakse- Director of St. Benedict’s College and Mr. Avanka Fernando, Principal of Wesley College

"This match holds significant importance, not only as a testament to the rich sporting legacy of both institutions but also as a celebration of the enduring brotherhood between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College," remarked Ivor Maharoof and Michael Sathasivam, Captains of the respective teams.

As Wesley College celebrates its sesquicentennial year in 2024, initiatives like the inaugural Bens-Wesley Golf Encounter underscore our commitment to fostering camaraderie and mutual respect between the two institutions."

In addition to the competitive aspect of the event, participants can look forward to an exhilarating golfing experience with five hidden holes offering fun prizes, along with recognition for the longest drive and closest to the pin.This inaugural golf encounter is just one of the many collaborative events planned between St. Benedict's College and Wesley College this year, serving as a testament to their shared commitment to fostering friendship and cooperation.


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