Boote gets Bonallack call
March 7, 2016.
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Wales golfer David Boote has been selected in the European team to take part in the Bonallack Trophy, the first time in four years a Welsh player has been picked for the event.
Following on from three Wales players being picked for the first time in the Great Britain and Ireland team for the Jacques Leglise Trophy last year, it shows a new generation of Welsh amateur players coming to the fore.
Stanford University student Boote has had an excellent start to the season, finishing fourth in the South American Amateur Championship in Peru, following on from winning the Welsh Amateur and Order of Merit titles last year.
The Bonallack Trophy, which is based round a Ryder Cup style format, will be held in Portugal in the middle of March, Europe are defending champions after winning in India two years ago against the Asia/Pacific team.
Since Jamie Donaldson was selected in the first Europe team in 1998, only Craig Williams, Nigel Edwards, Zac Gould and Rhys Enoch have represented Wales in the bi-annual event. Many of the European Tour's top stars have been selected, such as Rory McIlroy, the Molinari brothers, Justin Rose and Danny Willett.
“I was very pleased to hear of my selection to the European Team for the Bonallack Trophy,” said Boote.
“It’s nice recognition following my Welsh Amateur Championship and Order of Merit wins last year. I have also had some strong results since returning to Stanford for my senior year, including 5th at the Gifford Collegiate in Carlsbad, 13th at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii and 4th in the South American Amateur in Peru.”
“It's a long way to travel from San Francisco to Porto for the event but I am very much looking forward to playing at Vidago Palace for Europe v Asia/Pacific.
“Fortunately I am slightly ahead of my academic unit count for my degree and I have now almost completed my medical internship. This, and a slight gap in my College playing schedule, gives me the opportunity to play in Portugal without missing a Collegiate event. I am looking forward to it!”
Golf Union of Wales director of performance Ben Waterhouse added his congratulations. “David has had a strong start to the season in America, to add to his successes last season where he narrowly missed out on selection for the Walker Cup,” he said.
“He is one of a group of Wales players who are beginning to get regular selection in teams for international events, something which can only be good for Welsh golf and the system that helps to produce these players.
“We know that everyone involved with Welsh golf will be wishing him all the best in Portugal.”
For more information contact Hamish Stuart,
Golf Union of Wales Media Manager.
Phone - 07914 873451
E-mail Hamish@score-media.co.uk .
Note to Editors.
• The Golf Union of Wales was established on 1st January 2007 following the merger of the Welsh Ladies Golf Union (founded in 1904) and the Welsh Golfing Union (founded in 1895) to administer all amateur golf in Wales
•The GUW organises and selects all Welsh amateur golf teams.
•There are 152 member clubs of the Golf Union of Wales, representing a membership of more than 50,000. It is estimated more than 100,000 people play golf in Wales.
•The GUW maintains, administers and enforces the handicapping system in Wales together with appropriate course ratings systems for ladies and men.
•Further details are available on the Golf Union of Wales website www.golfunionwales.org
•The GUW is based in offices at the Celtic Manor Resort. Golf Union of Wales, Catsash, Newport NP18 1JQ.
•Golf Development Wales is a successful funding partnership between the Golf Union of Wales, the Sports Council for Wales and the Golf Foundation, and was established as a consequence of the successful 2010 Ryder Cup Wales bid. It also has working partnerships with the Professional Golfers Association and Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd.
• Securing the Future is a development strategy which emphasizes how introducing beginners to golf also helps to build other personal life-skills because of the principles and values inherent in the sport.
• Further details are available at the Golf Development Wales website www.golfdevelopmentwales.org.
Posted on 7 March 2016 at 12:00