PIN FERNANDO – SRI LANKA’S AMATEUR GOLFING TIGER
In March Eighteen Seventy
Nine, on the lush now that we call Galle Face green,
The Colombo Golf Club under British rule, a few white men formed to be seen.
Sommervile, Fairlie and Aitken as they were known, some members of English
To have later our first Ceylonese, great Beauchchamp and F. C. of De Saram
Forty nine years since that first day, the Colombo Golf Club was again
To be conferred for the first time in its history, a name of Royal being
Many a golfing board event did start, inaugurating since nineteen hundred
With our own great golfing prodigy, Pin Fernando storming the game for all
Beginning in the year Nineteen Forty Seven, winning the Captains Cup three
The prestigious Amateur Championship of Ceylon, ten times smoothly like
Beating the likes of Thornton, Carter and moss, Sethi and Choudhry to sob in
He conquered Srilanka’s golfing scene, a Pin Fernando era to be remembered
His prowess with the club in hand was such, no one dared to cast any little
Whether his drive will scream down the fairway, or hit the rough with a
His silky touch around the lush smooth greens, amazed the whites as it did
Cos no matter what colour or name he played, never did he be fazed by any
Seventeen times did he show his skill, in winning the Gold Medal since
Nineteen Forty Nine,
To the dismay of some great golfers, as the De Sarams and Robins with Muller
not feeling fine.
Twenty times the Aggregate Gold Medal did he win, beating greats as Solie
since Nineteen Fifty ,
Six years on the trot twice did he do it, a great record in many minds
that’s to date very sticky.
Nineteen Colombo Golf Club Championship did he win, since Nineteen Fifty
beating his peers,
From Fifty Five to Sixty Six he has stamped, his record for twelve
consecutive golfing years.
The greats as Carter, Thornton and Brown, perhaps not knowing at the time
what to do,
Watched in awe as he conquered the course, not daring to say anything other
In Nineteen Eleven did dawn the Shakespear Shield, from Fifty Four for seven
years to take home,
Twice with his talented loving son Priath, whose golfing talents were just
about to be shown.
Arunachalam and Rosal Combining since Fifty Four, twice to win the McBrides
Four times the Presidents Cup to win since Fifty Seven, sending other
golfers into some ashrams.
Known for his powers of great concentration, and to take every shot as first
on the course,
He never even let his son win against him, at times to his beloved family’s
A golfer thus far the Royal Colombo Golf Club has never seen, is a true
tragedy by itself,
As this scribe and many an aspiring golfer, would have yearned to watch and
The Clifford Cup being his least amount of wins, only once being won in
Nineteen Seventy Two,
Ceylon Golf Unions Open Championship being had, twice since Nineteen Seventy
Nineteen Seventy Eight was the year, Pin won the Squadron Cup for the first
and last time,
Going on to win the Ceylon Golf Unions Seniors Cup, twice from Seventy Nine
in his last prime.
Of the eighteen board events played in his prime, twelve has he won with a
nice big smile,
A fete to this day perhaps that no member has achieved, but surely would
want in their file,
Life Members and Maclachlan Cup, together with the Sir Ernest Fernando
Trophy being some,
With the Calcutta Medal, Havelock and Centenary Trophy, the six where he has
not been awesome.
Among many feathers that have donned Pin Fernando’s cap, two remain as very
first’s time immortal,
The first Ceylonese Captain and President of the Club, will always be
assigned to his everlasting portal.
A fitting tribute to this golfing prodigy, conferred by the good fine
gentlemen of this Royal Golf club,
In Sixty Four and Sixty Eight did he this achieve, perhaps some others
surely at the time to snub.
Another honour bestowed upon Pin, perhaps of being president in Nineteen
The Centenary Year of the Royal Colombo Golf Club, surely a prestige
befitting and fine.
The last but not least achievement of great Pin, in the year Nineteen
Hundred and Eighty,
To be made an Honorary Lifetime Member, a fitting tribute to this humble
Pin Fernando the greatest amateur golfer thus far, I wish among many I was
to watch there,
Not destined to have that divine blessing, I resolve in your name by prose
to try and share.
May you rest at eternal peace always, swinging and putting in the land that
we call heaven,
Hoping someday we will be able to meet, and together play a great game of
- Affs (01st October 2013)