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Mithun Perera wins 2018 RCGC Open

A large gathering of spectators was treated to a rare ‘sudden death’ play-off this week at the 2018 Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) Open, held at the club course in Colombo, when two top contenders, Mithun Perera and Anura Rohana, were tied at 277 at the end of the 72nd hole in the four-round tournament, sponsored for the second successive year by Altair.

K. Prabagaran, N. Thangaraja and Sachin De Silva made the rest of the top five with scores of 285, 286 and 287 respectively in the strokeplay tournament, played over four days.

Mithun, 31, is the son of legendary golfer Nandasena Perera. Mithun is the winner of the 2009 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship held in Mission Hills, China. In 2010, he became the first-ever Sri Lankan golfer to qualify for the prestigious Australian Open. In 2011, he turned professional and currently plays on the Indian PGA Tour circuit and the Asian Tour.

He is the first Sri Lankan to have full card in Asian Tour and the first Sri Lankan to have multiple wins on the Indian Tour. His best finish on the Asian Tour is second at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic in 2012.

* In the above picture is Mithun Perera being flanked by RCGC Captain Avancka Herat (on left) and Altair Director Pradeep Moraes.