Perera prevails in play-off

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 January, 2009, 12:00am

Sri Lankan champion Mithun Perera upstaged several leading players to win the Asia Pacific Amateur Open at Mission Hills Golf Club yesterday.

It took the Colombo native 74 holes over the demanding Nicklaus course at the Shenzhen club to snatch the title after three players tied at one-over-par 290.

Perera, 22, beat world number six Alexandre Kaleka from France and Scotland's Gordon Yates at the second play-off hole. He said afterwards that he drew inspiration from his father, Nandasena, who is Sri Lanka's most accomplished amateur golfer.

Perera senior won the individual silver medal at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing and also once held five Asian national amateur titles at the same time.

'I thought to myself that my father had been in this position many times before and had won the trophy, so I picked the line and stroked the putt [to win],' said Perera.