Golf Union Wales blog The latest news affecting golf in Wales from GUW http://www.golfunionwales.org/ en (C) 2017, GUW, www.golfunionwales.org Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:51:32 GMT Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:51:32 GMT GUW, www.golfunionwales.org Golf Union Wales Blog DEVELOPMENT OF WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/development-of-world-handicap-system http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/development-of-world-handicap-system Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales THE R&A AND USGA WORK WITH HANDICAP AUTHORITIES TO DEVELOP A SINGLE WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM

19 April 2017, St Andrews, Scotland and Far Hills, N.J., USA: The R&A and the USGA are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the game.

More than 15 million golfers in over 80 countries presently have a handicap, a numerical index long used as a measure of a golfer’s potential skill level. Handicaps are currently delivered through six different systems around the world.

The aim of the proposed handicap system is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that will apply all over the world.

An extensive review of existing handicap systems administered by Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) has been undertaken.

Golf organisations from different parts of the world have also been engaged with the current handicap authorities for the past two years to help shape the proposed system, which takes into account the many different golf cultures and most common formats of play. Research conducted to date has also reviewed systems and best practices inherent to handicapping, such as course rating and administration.

A joint committee led by The R&A and the USGA has been formed, including representatives from each handicap authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada. The joint committee plans to announce its proposals later this year.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We have been concerned for some time that many golfers find the handicapping landscape to be complicated and can be frustrated when it is not always applied in the same way in different parts of the world.

“We are working closely with the existing handicapping bodies to benefit from their insights as we try to formulate a system that will be easy to understand and can be applied consistently on a global basis. We very much appreciate their support for this initiative.”

Mike Davis, Executive Director and CEO of the USGA, said, “One wonderful aspect of golf that separates it from other sports is the opportunity for players of differing abilities to play on an equitable basis through handicapping. With one global system, golf courses will be rated and handicaps calculated in a consistent manner everywhere in the world. Removing borders to provide an easy way for all to play together is great for the game and golfers everywhere.”

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FANTASTIC SCORING AT THE PING WELSH JUNIOR TOUR http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/fantastic-scoring-at-the-ping-welsh-junior-tour http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/fantastic-scoring-at-the-ping-welsh-junior-tour Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales FANTASTIC SCORING AT THE PING WELSH JUNIOR TOUR

 

April 18, 2017.
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Almost 100 players aged between 6 and 14 took part in the opening Ping Welsh Junior Tour event of the season held at Parc Golf Club.

On a day of tremendous scoring Josh Chamberlain from Bryn Meadows, joint winner of the U14s Order of Merit in 2016, continued from where he left off last year by winning the U14s category with a score of 48 stableford points.

This was enough to pip Pontardawe’s Ioan Rowe by a single point with Llanwern’s Jessica Atwell in 3rd place with 41.

In the U12s age group Harry Coombs from The Glamorganshire, playing in his first ever Junior Tour event, triumphed with 62 points after a count back from Junior Tour regular Bargoed’s Ryan Williams in second place. Just a point behind in third was Fred O’Carroll from St Athan Golf Club.

William Pontin, winner of the U10s Junior Tour Final last year, kicked off his season in fine form with 62 points and first place in the U10s category.

Cardiff’s Callum John was runner up with a score of 58 whilst George Coombs completed a great day for the Coombs family with 57 points and third place.

Reuben Baker from Llandrindod Wells, Order of Merit winner in 2016, is still the player to beat in the U8s category, opening up his season with 62 points, seven ahead of Swansea Bay’s Fallon Sawyers-Grandon in second with Harry Edwards from Builth Wells just a point behind in third.

Chairman of the Golf Union of Wales’ Championship Committee Ashton Bradbury said, “We are delighted to see so many young players and their families come along to the first Ping Welsh Junior Tour event of the season.

“At each Junior Tour event we hope that the combination of golf courses specially set up for each age group and fun based skills challenges make for a really enjoyable day.

“Parc Golf Club have been superb hosts with the players really enjoying the golf course and facilities at the club.”

This was the first of five Ping Welsh Junior Tour regional events to take place across Wales this year.

At each event players have the opportunity to win Junior Tour Order of Merit Points to qualify for the end of Season Tour Final due to take place at the St Pierre Marriott Hotel and Country Club in the Autumn.

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FROM MINI GOLF TO NORMAL GOLF IN NEW PARTNERSHIP http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/from-mini-golf-to-normal-golf-in-new-partnership http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/from-mini-golf-to-normal-golf-in-new-partnership Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales FROM MINI GOLF TO NORMAL GOLF IN NEW PARTNERSHIP

For new golfers to be drawn to the sport through indoor mini golf may sound a 'crazy' idea, but thanks to a new initiative it is now happening in Wales.

A brand new partnership with Treetop Adventure golf those taking part in the New2Golf scheme, run by Golf Development Wales’, to swing by for a complimentary round of indoor mini golf on one of the jungle themed courses.

New2Golf packs are available for people taking part in the beginner schemes set to run at golf clubs around Wales.

Around 2,000 people participate each year and through April and May clubs will be running New2Golf/Back2Golf beginner schemes so anyone who would like to try the sport or take up the sport again will be able to attend a free taster session and low cost beginner sessions.

All participants receive a New2Golf pack with benefits which include a complimentary round of mini golf at Treetop Adventure Golf, 50% off an individual or playing lesson, six golf lessons for the price of five, free friend of family lesson voucher, exclusive discounts, rules and etiquette books and a place in a prize draw.

Golf Union of Wales development director Hannah McAllister said, “We are pleased to announce a brand new partnership with our friends at Treetop Adventure Golf.

“Most people’s first experience of the sport is at a shorter version of the game with their family and friends, and many existing golfers also visit to experience something different. This is a way of building on a fun golf experience.

“A study by Sports Marketing Surveys for the European Tour showed 5% of adults, about 2 million people, and 9% of under 18s, about 700,000 young people, had played adventure golf at least twice during the previous year.

“Adults had played on average 2-3 times and under 18s four times during the year. Adventure golf was the most likely form of golf for those under 18 to have engaged in.

“The shorter game has many positive characteristics, spending time with friends and family and improving skills while having fun.

“This exciting new partnership will ensure people who visit the facility wanting to take up the sport will know how to and those who are part of New2Golf will have the added benefit of being able to visit the facility and have great fun with their family and friends.”

Elizabeth Stanway, co-founder Treetop Adventure Golf, added, “Mini golf is great fun for everyone and we hope this partnership will encourage our visitors to explore golf in a wider sense.

“Treetop Adventure Golf is somewhere for people of all ages to have mini golf adventures together.

“We encourage friendly competition and promote skill development and we really look forward to welcoming New2Golf members and their families to our rainforest!”


For information about the New2Golf scheme please contact Golf Development Wales. http://www.golfdevelopmentwales.org/

For information about Treetop Adventure Golf please visit www.adventuregolf.com or email info@adventuregolf.com

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WALES CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/wales-champions-of-europe http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/wales-champions-of-europe Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales Wales golfers had one of their best ever results in winning the European Nations Cup, with Llanwern's Jack Davidson winning the individual title and earning a place in the Walker Cup squad.

Wales had only ever once won the European Nations Cup before, in 2002 and also won the European Team Championship in 1993, but this win was up there as one of the best in Welsh amateur golf history.

Davidson followed up his win at the Spanish Amateur three weeks ago by winning the individual title by four shots from Ireland's Robin Dawson at Sotogrande in Spain, while teammates Llanwern's Owen Edwards and Walton Heath's David Boote both finished tied 10th.

Celtic Manor's Josh Davies completed the quartet and all four contributed at least two scores with the best three rounds each day counting towards the team total. Wales finished a remarkable 11 shots clear of second placed Ireland with Spain third and Scotland fourth.

Davidson finished five under par, Dawson the only other player to finish under par four shots back in tricky conditions in the South of Spain.

“This proved Wales can compete at the highest level, there is certainly a bit of a buzz among the boys,” said 20-year-old Davidson.

“We turned up believing we could do well and this has given us all big confidence for the season. It is a team game, but we all concentrated on our own business and then added the scores up at the end.

“We knew we were good enough to win and every other country here knows we are good enough to win.

“We were leading from the off, Ireland caught us up at one point, so to win in the fashion we did in the end was a great effort from the boys.”

Davidson was told by the Walker Cup selectors he had been added to the squad shortly after the end of the final round, joining Boote and Edwards to make it three Welsh players in the squad to prepare for the match against the USA. A team of 10 will be selected later in the year.

“I was approached after we had finished to be told they had now added me to the Walker Cup squad, so that was good,” said Davidson, who is concentrating full-time on golf but has no immediate plans to turn professional despite recent good finishes in Portugal and South America before the two wins in Spain.

“To have two weeks in a row like this is a pretty good feeling, it has been quite surreal.

“I was surprised there were only two of us under par but it is a very tricky golf course, the conditions were tough and windy.

“Towards the end there was such a big gap between second and third it felt more like match play between Robin and myself for the individual title.

“I was keeping him at arm's length and then I knew I just needed to par the last couple of holes. I was never comfortable on that course, but once I hit the green on the par three 17th I relaxed my shoulders and walked it in a little bit

“The last three weeks have been amazing, they could not have gone any better, I have worked hard on my putting because that was what was holding me back before and it clicked pre-season.

“I put together a plan with Neil Matthews (the Wales National Coach) at the start of the winter and really nailed it for three months.”

Golf Union of Wales director of performance Gillian O'Leary added her congratulations to the team and coaching staff that achieved such a big victory for Welsh golf.

“Jack was in a different league this week and the attitude of the other guys was phenomenal, they all struggled at different times but worked it out,” she said.

“A lot of it has to go down to the hard work Neil Matthews has done with this crop of players, he has been in post the last eight to ten years when these players have been coming through the system and they have been nurtured in a brilliant way.

“I just hope they build on this now and achieve the individual success which is within their reach. To have three Welsh players in the Walker Cup squad is brilliant and they very much deserve it – they were all outstanding from start to finish.”

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GILLIAN TAKES CHARGE OF WELSH GOLF ELITE PERFORMANCE http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/gillian-takes-charge-of-welsh-golf-elite-performance http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/gillian-takes-charge-of-welsh-golf-elite-performance Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales GILLIAN TAKES CHARGE OF WELSH GOLF ELITE PERFORMANCE

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Former Ireland international Gillian O'Leary is shaping the future elite performance of Welsh golf – hoping to emulate the Emerald Isle's recent successes.

With four Major golf champions in the last decade, two of the top five in the ladies amateur world rankings, along with plenty of amateur successes in the men's and ladies teams, Ireland has been one of the forces of world golf.

Former Portugese Amateur champion O'Leary has joined the Golf Union of Wales as performance director aiming to focus resources at the sharp end to bring more consistent success to the Welsh players.

“Irish golf is a bit bigger but culturally it is very similar, all the ingredients are here for Wales to be a major international player,” said O'Leary, who is finishing a masters degree in sports development and coaching, focussing on elite sport systems.

Jack Davidson's win at the Spanish Amateur represented a good start, with a strong Wales men's team set to take part in the European Nations at the end of the month.

However no Wales Ladies or Girls team has been entered to the European Team Championships later in the summer, with those resources diverted to give the players greater exposure at international level to be more competitive in future.

“One of my performance philosophies would be to try to make opportunities available to compete at international level more often, being more focussed on competing with the rest of the world,” said O'Leary.

“In preparation for this, we will be trying to create a supportive environment for players but one in which they are challenged heavily around their behaviour and their commitment to the processes involved in becoming world class players. I believe if we can do this successfully, the results will follow.

“It is great having Jack winning in Spain and we need to build on that momentum. When our players are at that level then others see it and start thinking they can do the same thing.

“Hopefully we will have a strong men's team at the European Team Championships in Austria trying to compete.

“When we send Wales teams, we should be going there to compete and not just to make up the numbers. We have a comparatively small budget and resources so we must use that to build towards something rather than just going along.

“We are challenging the players that to represent their country is not about being the best in Wales, but being one of the best in Europe and the world. We do have hugely talented players who can go further with a bit more belief and hard work.”

O'Leary is delighted to be able to build on the work done by predecessors Nigel Edwards and Ben Waterhouse, while the national coaching staff in place in Wales is also a strength.

“The coaching staff we have in place is top class and they work really hard for Welsh golf,” she said.

“They are very passionate about what they do, I am lucky to be coming into an environment where there are some challenges but a lot of opportunities and a lot of work that has already been done to get Welsh golf to this stage.”

O'Leary is from Cork in the South of Ireland, but did a Masters in Dublin and enjoyed a successful amateur international career while working for the Irish Ladies Golf Union.

“I played in various international teams over 10 years with the likes of Danielle McVeigh, Maria Dunne and as the Maguire twins were starting out, maybe my background gives me more empathy towards the players,” she said.

“I always wanted to be more involved on the elite performance side and once I finished playing internationally in 2012 I was very fortunate to be given a lot of opportunities to work more closely with performance manager David Kearney.

"I felt I had progressed as far as I could with the Irish Ladies Golf Union at a time when we had two players in the top five of the World Rankings, Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey, and had just won the Girls Home Internationals so the time was right to make a move and I feel Welsh golf is the perfect fit for me.”

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For more information contact Hamish Stuart,

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Phone - 07914 873451

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JOE GETS WELSH GOLF PRO AWARD http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/joe-gets-welsh-golf-pro-award http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/joe-gets-welsh-golf-pro-award Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales JOE GETS WELSH GOLF PRO AWARD

Newport's Joe Vickery has been recognised with the Golf Union of Wales PGA Professional of the Year Award after delivering golf to more than 6,500 people last year.

The club professional at Parc between Cardiff and Newport, Vickery is a former Wales international and British amateur Championship semi-finalist with a passion to provide fun, inclusive opportunities for everyone.

More that 2,000 people with a disability were among those he took golf to last year, as one of only eight PGA Inclusive Level 2 coaches delivering weekly sessions to adults and children with varying disabilities.

Vickery led the British Minority Ethnic project with Newport Live which had nearly 500 participants, he trained nearly 20 coaches from the local community.

He assisted Parc in achieving the Golf Development Wales junior club accreditation scheme Junior GolfCert as well as Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots Centre and worked alongside junior golf leaders at Mountain Ash to increase junior participation from 1 to 64 and trained a further 28 people though Tri-Golf Activator courses.

“This is awesome, I love working with the team but it is a pleasure to get recognition,” said Vickery, who is qualified to deliver Street Golf, Tri-Golf and is also a Junior Leader Tutor.

“When I was in school I always wanted to play golf so I enjoy giving the kids an opportunity to do it, then went down the inclusive route as well and it is the most rewarding coaching I do. The retention rates in the class are better than any other and we have a great time every week.

“It is a lot of hard work but really enjoyable along the way, I just love giving people the chance to try golf and then when they hit the ball and you see the smile on their faces it makes your day.

“I try to do as much inclusive coaching as I can and in Newport we do quite a lot, Newport Live has big events with hundreds of children and adults, then just try to get them back to the club for regular coaching.

“The key is engaging with them, having fun and then they just want to come back every week.”

Lydia Hall claimed the Golf Union of Wales Tour Professional of the Year Award after making history as the first woman to beat the men in a British professional golf tournament.

Walker Cup hopeful David Boote won the Amateur of the Year Award, Pyle and Kenfig were the Club of the Year, in an award ceremony at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor sponsored by Future Financials.

Mold were the Junior Club of the Year, Cardigan's Julia Den Hartog the Volunteer of the Year.

“The Welsh golf awards are about so much more than just the professionals who represent Wales around the world, there is so much good work going on at golf clubs all around Wales,” said Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon.

“Joe is someone who came up through our elite ranks and represented Wales many times in a successful amateur career, but he has gone into his professional role with a real passion to bring golf to as many people of all abilities as possible.

“There is so much in Welsh golf to celebrate at the moment, a small nation punching above our weight, so it was great to have the opportunity to showcase that at former Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor.”

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JULIA GETS WELSH GOLF VOLUNTEER AWARD http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/julia-gets-welsh-golf-volunteer-award http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/julia-gets-welsh-golf-volunteer-award Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales JULIA GETS WELSH GOLF VOLUNTEER AWARD

Cardigan golf club's Julia Den Hartog has been recognised with the Golf Union of Wales Volunteer of the Year Award after growing the junior section to nearly 50 members.

Den Hartog has used the New2Golf pathway for adults and children, as well as the Golf Foundation Junior Golf Passport, to organise regular coaching and competition nights.

She was presented with her award at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor at the Golf Union of Wales awards lunch sponsored by Future Financials.

“I wasn't expecting it at all because really we work as a team, I have got some people here today and others back at home all of whom volunteer and help – I'm just the person who organises everybody.” she said.

“It is not just me, you can have an idea about what needs implementing but you need people with the skills to do it.

“What had happened at Cardigan was that we had a junior organiser who was really enthusiastic and a pro but they had not got together, but with Golf Development Wales and the Golf Foundation Junior Golf Passport we have been able to look at that and follow their system which actually works.

“We have gone step by step with their help to get from something like five juniors turning up and then they were going off to university and stuff like that and we did not have anybody coming up behind them.

“It was a case of getting taster days set up, getting lots of children coming in through, but then we did not know what to do with them in the first year.

“Then in the second year we have actually got the tools to keep them because we have had the training through Golf Development Wales to do that which we did not have before and it has taken off.

“We became a bit of a victim of our own success because we did not have enough volunteers to cope with the numbers we were getting in, so it is about being able to nurture the ones you have got and it has taken us three years to get the youngsters to a state where they can go out on the course on their own.

“Unless you have the volunteers to support them on the course then you are chasing your tail, but three of us have done the Level 1 coaching course and that has been a game changer because we can go out and take a session.

“We may not be as good as a proper pro, but we can give them small skills and different types of coaching ready for him to deliver a proper swing lesson to them.

“We are out there in all weathers, making it fun, doing things through the Golf Foundation Golf Passport which does work if you follow it.”

Lydia Hall claimed the Golf Union of Wales Tour Professional of the Year Award after making history as the first woman to beat the men in a British professional golf tournament.

Walker Cup hopeful David Boote won the Amateur of the Year Award, Pyle and Kenfig were the Club of the Year, in an award ceremony at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor sponsored by Future Financials.

Joe Vickery of Parc golf club between Cardiff and Newport was the PGA Professional of the Year, Mold the Junior Golf Club of the Year.

“The Welsh golf awards are about so much more than just the professionals who represent Wales around the world, there is so much good work going on at golf clubs all around Wales,” said Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon.

“Julia has shown amazing passion, commitment and drive in developing junior golf in Cardigan.

“She has developed a New2Golf pathway for adults and kids, recruited many volunteers, organised regular coaching, growing the junior section to nearly 50 members.

“There is so much in Welsh golf to celebrate at the moment, a small nation punching above our weight, so it was great to have the opportunity to showcase that at former Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor.”

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MOLD GETS WELSH GOLF JUNIORS AWARD http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/mold-gets-welsh-golf-juniors-award http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/mold-gets-welsh-golf-juniors-award Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales MOLD GETS WELSH GOLF JUNIORS AWARD

Mold golf club has been recognised with the Golf Union of Wales Junior Club of the Year Award after growing the junior section to more than 60 members.

Mold Junior Organiser John Roberts was presented with the award at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor at the Golf Union of Wales awards lunch sponsored by Future Financials.

Mold were one of the first clubs in Wales to attain Junior GolfCert and have retained the highest level of the award ever since, it is a Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots Centre, Golf Development Wales Girls Hub and Golf Union of Wales coaching centre.

The thriving junior section offers coaching to nearly 100 juniors, with weekly sessions, regular competitions for all levels and a network of volunteers.

The results are exceptional, Mold are the 2017 County Junior champions and have produced three individual county champions, six boys and six girls represent their county teams, while three boys and four girls represent North Wales. Two junior members have gone on to represent Wales.

Mold were also the first Welsh Junior Golf Tour venue and 16 juniors from the club took part.

“I have been junior organiser for a long time, this is my 21st year, so this means an awful lot, not that we are in it for awards, we are doing it for the benefit of the junior golfers,” said Roberts.

“It is nice to be recognised for the work we have done over the years and the achievements the youngsters have had – and we have had a few. It is all about giving them a future because the game can offer so much in terms of friendship, discipline and the social side.

“They get on well together and hopefully it provides good habits for life.

“It is recognised in the area that we do a lot for juniors and juniors in the area recognise that we will do our utmost to give them an opportunity to develop their game.

“It is a nice reward for the club and credit to them for backing us and supporting us to bring juniors along and I do it because I enjoy doing it anyway. I have been involved in sport organising and coaching all my life and it is a good way of spending retirement time.”

Lydia Hall claimed the Golf Union of Wales Tour Professional of the Year Award after making history as the first woman to beat the men in a British professional golf tournament.

Walker Cup hopeful David Boote won the Amateur of the Year Award, Pyle and Kenfig were the Club of the Year, in an award ceremony at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor sponsored by Future Financials.

Joe Vickery of Parc golf club between Cardiff and Newport was the PGA Professional of the Year, Cardigan's Julia Den Hartog the Volunteer of the Year.

“The Welsh golf awards are about so much more than just the professionals who represent Wales around the world, there is so much good work going on at golf clubs all around Wales,” said Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon.

“Mold golf club has shown amazing passion, commitment and drive in developing junior golf in North Wales.

“They have been a key club in developing the game in North Wales at all levels, from those who just want to have fun and make friends through to those who have gone on to represent Wales.

“There is so much in Welsh golf to celebrate at the moment, a small nation punching above our weight, so it was great to have the opportunity to showcase that at former Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor.”

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PYLE AND KENFIG ARE WELSH GOLF CLUB OF THE YEAR http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/pyle-and-kenfig-are-welsh-golf-club-of-the-year http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/pyle-and-kenfig-are-welsh-golf-club-of-the-year Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales PYLE AND KENFIG ARE WELSH GOLF CLUB OF THE YEAR

Pyle and Kenfig has been recognised with the Golf Union of Wales Golf Club of the Year Award as they prepare to welcome some of the world's best senior players again this summer.

The Mid Glamorgan course will be a pre-qualifier for the Seniors British Open at Royal Porthcawl this summer, having earned plaudits from competitors in 2014, however there is much more to the club which helped them claim the prestigious title.

They were part of a very strong shortlist, which also included Bryn Meadows, Clyne, Lakeside, Garthmyl, former winners Langland Bay, Milford Haven and Pennard.

Pyle and Kenfig were shortlisted last year, with a lot of their ongoing initiatives helping them to earn the award as they came to fruition in 2016.

The last five years have seen one of the top courses in Wales become much more customer focussed, which has resulted in an increase of 65 new adult members across all categories, 47 new junior members almost half of whom were girls.

They also increased visitor fees by £10,000, invested £150,000 in the course, improved practice facilities, secured funding to develop a nine hole course, achieved the Golf Development Wales Junior GolfCert and delivered community outreach programmes.

The club's junior team won the Junior Inter Club Team Championship, while they co-hosted the Amateur Championship in 2016 and will host the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship this summer as well as the Senior Open qualifiers.

“It has been an incredible five years, almost a roller coaster ride because we were desperate,” admitted club captain Roger Parsons.

“We were really up against it, we offered a £399 membership just to get heads in the golf club, but what we found was that those golfing nomads came and a year later they went so we addressed the situation.

“We needed to do a lot of work first so we developed the driving range, the putting green and the practice area. We are building a nine hole golf course, we put a golf simulator in, improved the gents and ladies lockers rooms and generally have done the facade of the golf club.

“We improved everything so when people came there local clubs they felt it was something special, somewhere they would want to be a member.

“The golf course is playable 24/7, 365 days of the year, so we have attracted new members and we have tried to endear them to us with functions, loads of things going on there.

“The junior set up is amazing. A year ago we had around 10-12 and they were the basis of the Welsh junior club team being looked after and nurtured - but we had nobody behind them.

“We had to reduce the fees, but these kids are being brought up with the Pyle and Kenfig badge which means we have 80 kids now we are nurturing and coaching.

“This is an historic award for us, the first time we have ever had the recognition, it is an accolade we are proud and privileged to achieve as a golf club. I am just lucky as I happen to be the captain this year, but the committee and everyone has worked tirelessly.

“We will get our golf flags branded with Welsh Golf Club of the Year, everything we produce will include that, our website and so on, because we are so pleased.

“We came close the last two years, but this year we put in an extra special effort to achieve it and, yes, we are very proud.”

Bridgend's Lydia Hall claimed the Golf Union of Wales Tour Professional of the Year Award after making history as the first woman to beat the men in a British professional golf tournament.

Walker Cup hopeful David Boote won the Amateur of the Year Award, Parc's Joe Vickery was the PGA Professional of the Year, in an award ceremony at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor sponsored by Future Financials.

Mold were the Junior Club of the Year and Cardigan's Julia Den Hartog the Volunteer of the Year.

“The Welsh golf awards are about so much more than just the professionals who represent Wales around the world, there is so much good work going on at golf clubs all around Wales,” said Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon.

“Pyle and Kenfig are one of our traditional clubs with a big reputation, but they have gone through a considerable transformation both on and off the course.

“They have improved so much from the thriving junior section, the improved practice facilities, the nine hole course, the clubhouse and the course.

“They have turned round their membership numbers and shown what can be done.

“There is so much in Welsh golf to celebrate at the moment, a small nation punching above our weight, so it was great to have the opportunity to showcase that at former Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor.”

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GUW National Squads prepare for tournaments http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/guw-national-squads-prepare-for-tournaments http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/guw-national-squads-prepare-for-tournaments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales This week sees the GUW National Squads travel to Portugal for Warm Weather Training. Players from the National Female and U21 squads will be the Amendoeira Resort from 5-9 March with the National Male squad joining the group from 8-12 March. 

Players will be supported by National Coaches Neil Matthews and Paul Williams along with Performance Psychologist Hamish Cox. 

The emphasis of the trip is on tournament preparation and therefore players are competing amongst themselves over 54 holes with the National Female squad playing the Faldo course while the U21 squad play the O’Connor course.

 

Results

National Female (Par 73)

228 Lucy Jones 79 , 75, 74

230 Kath O'Connor  78 , 74 , 78

238 Georgia Lewis  79 , 83 , 76

240 Jordan Ryan  85 , 77 , 78

240 Ffion Evans  83 , 80 , 77

243  Alice Barnes  84 , 79 , 80

 

U21s (Par 72)

222 Luke Harries 74, 73 , 75

223  Jacob Davies 76, 72 , 75

225 Matt Harris 73, 75, 77

231  Aled Greville  80  , 76, 75

231 Oly Brown 75, 76 , 80

234 Tom Roberts 84, 75 , 75

235  Ben Hicks 72 , 84 , 79

246 Billy Truman 86, 76 , 84

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History Maker Lydia Gets Welsh Pro Golfer Award http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/history-maker-lydia-gets-welsh-pro-golfer-award http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/history-maker-lydia-gets-welsh-pro-golfer-award Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales Lydia Hall claimed the Golf Union of Wales Tour Professional of the Year Award after making history as the first woman to beat the men in a British professional golf tournament.

 

Walker Cup hopeful David Boote won the Amateur of the Year Award, Pyle and Kenfig were the Club of the Year, in an award ceremony at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor sponsored by Future Financials.

Joe Vickery of Parc golf club between Cardiff and Newport was the PGA Professional of the Year, Mold the Junior Golf Club of the Year and Cardigan's Julia Den Hartog the Volunteer of the Year, Bridgend's Hall had an excellent year on the Ladies European Tour, finishing in the Top 20 on the money list with the highlight being a second place in Qatar, but it was on the links of Tenby that she made history by winning the Welsh PGA Championship against a field which included European Tour winners Phil Price and Stephen Dodd.

 

She followed Price, Dodd and Ian Woosnam in having her name on the trophy in the 100th year of the Welsh PGA.  The former British Masters champion became the first female to win a PGA National Event in the process, she also won the Women's PGA Order of Merit and had three top ten finishes on the Ladies European Tour.

 

“It is just great to get the recognition, following Amy Boulden and Becky Brewerton's name is on there as well,” said Hall, after receiving the GUW Award. “Coming second in the Qatar Ladies Open and winning the Welsh PGA were equal highlights of the year, being on Tour is my job and my career while the PGA side of things is new to me. “When I entered I was a little naive in terms of the history of what I was entering, I just went with the open mind that I might learn something playing with the guys and then I was just really proud when I lifted the trophy that I was the first ever female and it was the 100th year of the tournament.”  “Lydia is a well deserved winner of the Touring Professional award despite some very tough competition from the likes of Bradley Dredge who had such a good year on the European Tour, while Phil Price and Stephen Dodd both made their mark on the Seniors Tour,” said Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon.

 

“But the Welsh golf awards are about so much more than just the touring professionals who represent Wales around the world, there is so much good work going on at golf clubs all around Wales.  “David Boote has had an excellent year on the amateur circuit as he has finished his degree at Stanford University in the US.“He represented the European team in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy and the Palmer Cup, the Great Britain and Ireland team in the St Andrews Trophy, reached the quarter-finals of the US Amateur and top 10 in the World Team Championship.

 

“Joe Vickery is a former Wales amateur player who is making a huge impact at community level, delivering golf to more than 6,500 people in 2016 including more than 2,000 with a disability.

“Pyle and Kenfig were one of a number of very strong clubs in the Club of the Year section, with eight clubs shortlisted.  “They have increased membership, will host pre-qualifying the the British Senior Open this summer, invested in the course and practice facilities, achieved Golf Development Wales Junior Golf Cert status and won the GUW Junior Inter Club Team Championship.

 

“Mold were the Junior Club of the Year, one of the first in Wales to achieve the top level Junior Golf Cert, a thriving junior section with a double figure number of county players.  “Julia has shown amazing passion, commitment and drive in developing junior golf in Cardigan.  “She has developed a New2Golf pathway for adults and kids, recruited many volunteers, organised regular coaching, growing the junior section to nearly 50 members.

 

“There is so much in Welsh golf to celebrate at the moment, a small nation punching above our weight, so it was great to have the opportunity to showcase that at former Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor.”

 

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JACK'S ALL RIGHT IN SPAIN http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/jacks-all-right-in-spain http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/jacks-all-right-in-spain Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales JACK'S ALL RIGHT IN SPAIN

March 06, 2017.

Jack Davidson became the first Welsh golfer to win the Spanish Amateur Open, following in the footsteps of players such as Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia and Danny Willetts.

The are all former winners of the Copa de El Rey, Llanwern teenager Davidson joining that illustrious list after a strong second round helped him beat England's Marco Penge in the 36 hole final at El Saler golf club near Valencia.

It capped a stunning week for the Wales international, who qualified for the match play stages in 32nd place out of 32 but then set up his charge to the title by beating number one seed Christopher MacLean of Scotland.

It followed a run of good form which saw him come third in the South American Amateur in January and seventh in the Portuguese Amateur on February.

He was one down after the morning round against England's Walker Cup squad player Penge, but turned his fortunes round in the afternoon with the help of two eagles on the front nine before a level par run on the back nine brought a 4 and 3 win in windy conditions on the Spanish coast.

“Jack has been knocking on the door for a big international win for a while so this is not a surprise,” said Golf Union of Wales director of performance Gillian O'Leary.

“This is one of the best individual wins on the international stage for some years for a Welsh male golfer, probably since Rhys Pugh lifted the European Amateur.

“It has followed a really strong start to the year for Jack, both in South America and in Europe and can only bode well for the rest of the season.

“It is testament to the hard work he has put in and the support from Wales national coach Neil Matthews. He also had a lot of support from the other Welsh players at the event, including Josh Davies caddying for him. There was a good Team Wales attitude.”

The preliminary Walker Cup squad for the September match against the USA included two Wales players in Llanwern colleague Owen Edwards and David Boote, but there is still time for Davidson to force his way into contention.

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WELSH GOLFERS URGED TO LOOK AT PROPOSED RULE CHANGES http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/the-ra-and-the-usga-announce-proposed-changes-to-modernise-rules-of-golf http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/the-ra-and-the-usga-announce-proposed-changes-to-modernise-rules-of-golf Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales

WELSH GOLFERS URGED TO LOOK AT PROPOSED RULE CHANGES

The R&A and the USGA announce proposed changes to modernise Rules of Golf

All golfers in Wales are urged to look at the new rules set to come into play in 2019, which have been welcomed by the Golf Union of Wales.

Golfers can also provide feedback on the proposed changes through the R and A and USGA websites, views which will be taken into account before the rules modernisation is finalised.

“I welcome the proposals to modernise and make the Rules simpler to understand,” said Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson.

“Looking at these proposed changes, I am confident that the Rules of Golf will become more appealing to all golfers yet allow competition within the sport to continue to thrive.

“I feel that the mix of the relaxing of certain penalties perceived by many to be excessive and the simplifying of relief procedures and new focuses on pace of play will only increase our enjoyment of the sport, without affecting the outcome of competitions and Championships.”

The full proposed changes are as follows:

1 March 2017, St Andrews, Scotland and Far Hills, N.J., USA: The R&A and the USGA have unveiled a preview of the proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernise the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply.

The online release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalised in 2018 and take effect on 1 January 2019.

The announcement follows a comprehensive review process that began in 2012 with a working group of key R&A and USGA Rules administrators, professional tour officials and other Rules experts. While the Rules are revised every four years, this is the first fundamental review since 1984, and was established to ensure the Rules fit the needs of today’s game and the way it is played around the world.

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “Our aim is to make the Rules easier to understand and to apply for all golfers. We have looked at every Rule to try to find ways to make them more intuitive and straightforward, and we believe we have identified many significant improvements. It is important that the Rules continue to evolve and remain in tune with the way the modern game is played, but we have been careful not to change the game’s longstanding principles and character.”

“We are excited and encouraged by the potential this work brings, both through the proposed new Rules and the opportunities to use technology to deliver them,” said Thomas Pagel, Senior Director of Rules & Amateur Status for the USGA. “We look forward to an ongoing conversation with golfers during the feedback period in the months ahead.”

The proposed 24 new Rules, reduced from the current 34, have been written in a user-friendly style with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, bulleted lists and explanatory headings. The initiative also focuses on assessing the overall consistency, simplicity and fairness of the Rules for play.

The Rules are currently delivered in more than 30 languages, and the proposed wording will support easier translation worldwide. When adopted, the Rules will be supported by technology that allows the use of images, videos and graphics.

Highlights of the proposed Rule changes include:

 

  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so. 

  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt. 

  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area. 

  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty. 

  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged. 

  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play. 

  • Simplified way of taking relief: A new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground. 


 

A series of materials have also been prepared to explain the proposed Rule changes and provide background on the initiative. Found on randa.org and usga.org/rules, they include: 


  • Overview of the Rules Modernisation Initiative: goals, proposed changes and process for implementation in 2019 

  • Draft New Rules of Golf for 2019: the full text of proposed Rules 1-24 and Definitions 

  • Draft Player’s Edition of the New Rules of Golf for 2019: Written from the perspective of “you” the golfer, this shorter version covers the most commonly used Rules and is meant to be the rule book golfers will use when finalised and adopted in 2019 

  • Explanation for Each Major Proposed Change in the New Rules of Golf for 2019: Short summaries of each major proposed change 

  • Summary chart of major changes 

  • Videos and Infographics: Visual explanations of the proposed Rules. 
Golfers are encouraged to review the proposed changes and submit feedback online via worldwide survey technology that can be accessed at randa.org or usga.org/rules from now until 31 August 2017. 
The feedback will be reviewed by The R&A and the USGA in establishing the approved final version of golf’s new Rules. These are due to be released in mid-2018 ahead of a 1 January 2019 implementation.
  • Social media users can also follow the discussion using #GolfRules2019. 


Players are reminded that the current 2016 Edition of the Rules of Golf remain in force when playing, posting scores or competing, until the new Rules are officially adopted by The R&A and the USGA in 2019. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.

 

 

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PING Welsh Junior Tour Back Bigger & Better http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/ping-welsh-junior-tour-back-bigger-better http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/ping-welsh-junior-tour-back-bigger-better Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales PING WELSH JUNIOR TOUR BACK BIGGER AND BETTER

February 2, 2017.
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Junior golfers around Wales can now enter the Ping Welsh Junior Tour, bigger and better as the events build on the successes of last year's debut.

New sponsors Ping have come on board as entries open from the start of February for this years Golf Union of Wales competition, with an extra event being held to make it five this season, building up to a Tour Final to be held at St Pierre near Chepstow.

Apart from the individual winners at U8, U10, U12 and U14 age levels, there will also be a new prize for the club represented by the largest number of players at the end of season Tour Final.

Events will be held in Parc, Mold, Carmarthen, Abergele and Lakeside Garthmyl, under the same format as last year with U8, U10 and U12 age groups playing a modified stableford competition over nine holes on shortened courses. Players in these age groups do not need an official handicap to take part.

Those in the U14 category will play a stableford competition over 18 holes with the usual golf rules applying.

Players with a disability in any of the age categories may, if they wish, use the Modified Rules of Golf.

There will also be skills challenges at every event, which proved highly popular with players and family members last year.

“Last year was our first year for the Welsh Junior Tour and a great success, but there are always improvements to be made and we have made some changes which we hope will achieve that,” said Golf Union of Wales chairman of championships and rules Ashton Bradbury.

“In particular there is a fifth regional event so more players can take part, last year we had around 200 across the four regional events, with players coming from 50 clubs and 75 players taking part in the Tour Final.

“We welcome Ping coming on board as a main sponsor for the first time, to have the involvement of someone with their profile in world golf shows the strength of the competition.

“We are looking to combine fun for the players and their families along with the competitive element.

“The modified stableford format for the younger age groups means players get at least a point on every hole and the fewer shots they take the more points they get.

“We shorten the courses to make sure they are appropriate for these young players and allow them to drop out of bunkers if they do not get out in three shots.

“At Under 14 level the players are more experienced and so the stableford competition is held over 18 holes with the normal rules of golf applying.”

Entries are open from February 1, 2017, with the first event held at Parc near Cardiff on April 13. Mold will host the second event on April 20, Carmarthen on July 9, Abergele on July 16 and Lakeside Garthmyl on August 9. The final at St Pierre will be on October 1.

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For more information contact Hamish Stuart,

Golf Union of Wales Media Manager.

Phone - 07914 873451

E-mail Hamish@score-media.co.uk .

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GOLF'S INCLUSIVITY http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/golfs-inclusivity http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/golfs-inclusivity Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales AMBASSADOR STEWART'S STORY SHOWS GOLF'S INCLUSIVITY

January 18, 2017.


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A former soldier who was blown up in Afghanistan has become a Golf Development Wales ambassador, spreading the message that golf is a sport for life for all abilities.

Stewart Harris from Rhyl has become a GDW Inclusive Ambassador, after using the sport to help his own recovery both physically and mentally following the trauma of injuries suffered in the explosion.

Harris has agreed to assist GDW in promoting inclusiveness in the sport and to attend events and meetings to promote the schemes and initiatives such as the Disability Sport Wales Club Accreditation Scheme ‘in sport’ and the New2Golf Disability Coaching hub scheme available to Golf Clubs.

He is sharing his own experiences at a time when new research from Edinburgh University has shown the positive impact of golf on physical and mental health, including reducing the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon and breast cancer.

Harris has quite a story to tell, which is best left to his own words. “I was brought up over the road from the golf course, I caddied for my father and brother sometimes, but never picked it up myself,” explained the 32-year-old.

“I joined the Welsh Guards and served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan our vehicle was attacked and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off under the vehicle.

“A few days later I woke up in a Birmingham hospital. The doctor told me I had damaged the frontal lobe of the brain, it felt like I had no eyes, I was deaf from the blast and my legs were crushed. I will be honest, I have had better days.

“Luckily for me modern medicine meant I could get some sight back after a time to the extent I could retake my driving test and passed.

“However as my physical health got better, my mental health took a turn for the worse, as the brain repaired itself I started to have nightmares.

“We lost three men because an Afghan policemen who was Taliban turned on us and shot us, so that went over in my mind a lot and I had bad times with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“It was absolutely horrible. I live near the sea and one day I just walked down to the water and out. I can still feel the water round my feet, but luckily for me my wife got help and it was OK.

“I went to Hedley Court (the military hospital) and one day a guy came back in really buzzing. I asked him why and he said he had just been to play golf for the first time and I wondered how he had done that with no legs.

“However all the help you need and equipment to help with our injuries was there and he said I should come next time.

“I wondered how I could do that when I could not see, but I went down, hit about 50 balls and had one which went straight and far and that was it – since then I have never looked back.

“I went to some events, had some professional help and joined Rhyl golf club over the road, now my handicap has come down from 28 to 21, though I was losing a few balls playing on my own for practice so I try to play with other people all the time now.

“I love the game, it is amazing it is a sport you can play whether you are six or 96, with dementia, or with injuries, that ticks all the boxes in terms of fresh air and sociability.

“I cannot put my rugby shirt back on, I can't go back into the boxing ring, I don't have to play with other disabled guys, I can play against people who are fully able-bodied and be a bit of a bandit!

“Then I was introduced to Golf Development Wales and Dilwyn Griffiths. I love hanging around with people like him helping to grow the game.

“When I was asked to be an ambassador there was only going to be one answer and it begins with a Y and ends with an S.

“I look forward to going round the golf clubs with my chest stuck out in my Golf Development Wales shirt and assisting a great team in the delivery of development programmes, we have the Curtis Cup (Ladies amateur version of the Ryder Cup) coming to North Wales in 2020 and it would be great to have girls working towards that, for instance.

“In a way golf has saved me, I was at the lowest of the low places, did not want to be here and PTSD is incurable. But when I feel like that I just go and hit a few balls and as soon as I hit that little white ball then all my problems become that little white ball.

“At the moment I am going along the A55 and telling my story and playing some of the courses, helping to grow the game has given me another reason to push myself.

“I feel golf is changing, even courses like Lytham St Anne's ( an Open Championship venue) allow buggies, the fashion is changing being led from the top by the likes of Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler, people are playing nine holes or 18.

“There is a stigma of golf as a sport for men who tuck their shirts in, but it is changing.”

It is an inspiring story and shows the tremendous benefits of playing golf – for everyone.

Ends.

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.
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DISABILITY BOOST FOR WELSH GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/disability-boost-for-welsh-golf-championships http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/disability-boost-for-welsh-golf-championships Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales DISABILITY BOOST FOR WELSH GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Golfers with a disability will be able to compete in most Golf Union of Wales championships this summer, making it one of the first sports to be inclusive at the highest levels.

GUW Championships from 2017 will be incorporating modified rules of golf into its general conditions for the vast majority of events run under its banner.

Players can make use of the modified rules should they require them, enabling those players with disabilities to compete in any Championship which he or she is otherwise eligible.

The GUW Championship Team and referees will be equipped to implement the modified rules should they be required.

“We are delighted to announce that the modified rules will be available to players who require them,” said GUW Championship Manager David Wilson.

“Our Championships are based around the premise of trying to provide an equitable playing field for all potential competitors and this without doubt enhances that ambition.”

The modification of the Rules of Golf is intended to provide a means by which golfers with disabilities may play equitably alongside golfers without, or having other types of disabilities.

The move has been backed by Golf Development Wales, who have been leading the way in making golf more inclusive at all levels.

“The Golf Union of Wales have become one of the first sports governing bodies in Wales to earn an insport Silver Award for their work in making the sport more inclusive for individuals with a disability,” said GUW Director of Golf Development, Hannah McAllister.

“Over the past few years we have been focusing on providing quality inclusive, pan disability and impairment specific golf opportunities for more people to try the sport and supporting clubs in the processes in retaining individuals within coaching and club membership for life.

“Many clubs are embracing this, over 50 PGA professionals have been trained in Inclusive Coaching and we have 22 Disability/ Inclusive coaching hubs.

“Naturally the aim is to become the first sports governing body in Wales to earn the Gold Award and to show golf can be fully inclusive, so this next step is to ensure we provide more opportunities for all throughout the competition pathway but introducing the modification of the rules for golfers with a disability in our GUW championships is a big step forward

“We would also encourage all clubs to implement the modified rules in their club competitions and for clubs wanting more information please get in touch.”

The modified rules of golf include such changes as allowing a blind golfer to get help in alignment from a coach, equipment modifications for amputees, or other forms of extra on course assistance where appropriate.

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For more information contact Hamish Stuart,

Golf Union of Wales Media Manager.

Phone - 07914 873451

E-mail Hamish@score-media.co.uk .

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Vacancy for GUW Championships Committee Safeguard Officer http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/vacancy-for-guw-championships-committee-safeguard-officer http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/vacancy-for-guw-championships-committee-safeguard-officer Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales Vacancy for GUW Championships Committee Safeguarding Officer

JOB DESCRIPTION   APPLICATION FORM safeguarding-application-form-6993.doc


Remuneration:   Voluntary Post (Reasonable Expenses Paid)

The Golf Union of Wales is looking to recruit a Safeguarding Officer to join its Championships & Rules Committee.

Context

The GUW is the recognised National Governing Body for Golf in Wales is a company limited by guarantee which employs 7 full time members of staff, its development arm Golf Development Wales (a wholly owned subsidiary of GUW) employs 5 full time and 2 part time members of staff.

The GUW’s Vision is a commitment to golf becoming a sport for all, and for life. To making golf a headline sport in Wales and an integral part of community life.

The Championships & Rules Committee is responsible for the organisation of all championships run by the Golf Union of Wales.

Applicants should have: -

  • Experience of working in a safeguarding role in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • Knowledge of current best safeguarding practice in sport.
  • Attended SPC1 and SPC2 courses (or equivalent) in the last 3 years.
  • A basic understanding of the sport of golf.
  • Good communication skills; both written and verbal.
  • An ability to work with paid staff members and other volunteers.
  • Sufficient time to make appropriate commitment.

The role of Championships Committee Safeguarding Officer is entirely voluntary and no remuneration is offered.  Reasonable expenses will be paid.  This appointment will be made through a formal application and interview process.

For an application form, a Job Description please click on the links above or for further information please contact the Golf Union of Wales by emailing office@golfunionwales.org

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS

Completed Application Forms and Covering Letters should be emailed to: David Wilson, Championships Manager at the Golf Union of Wales – email david.wilson@golfunionwales.org

Should you wish to post your Application Form and Covering Letter, please mark the envelope ‘Private & Confidential ’and send to: - David Wilson, Golf Union of Wales, Catsash, Newport, Gwent, NP18 1JQ.

Applications will close at midday on 13th February 2017.

The Golf Union of Wales is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

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CLOGAU'S GOLDEN BACKING FOR WELSH LADY GOLFERS http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/clogaus-golden-backing-for-welsh-lady-golfers http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/clogaus-golden-backing-for-welsh-lady-golfers Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales

CLOGAU'S GOLDEN BACKING FOR WELSH LADY GOLFERS

January 05, 2017.

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Welsh lady golfers have some golden backing, with Clogau Gold becoming the first ever sponsors of the Welsh Ladies Team Championships.

It is the largest competition in Welsh golf with regional qualifying leading to national finals, with leading Welsh company Clogau getting involved for the first time though they have helped golf development in Wales and also sponsor Ladies European Tour pro Amy Boulden.

Newport won this year's Welsh Ladies Team Championships with 14-year-old Ffion Vineall sinking the winning putt at Wenvoe Castle golf club, as they defended the title in an all Monmouthshire final against St Pierre.

Ben Roberts, Managing Director, Clogau Gold of Wales, said, “We are delighted to be the inaugural sponsor for the Welsh Ladies team Championship and strengthen our relationship with Golf Union of Wales.

“It’s a somewhat unique opportunity that delivers on many levels.  We’re proud to support Welsh Golf.  Through our sponsorship we’ll promote mutual values of  teamwork and excellence, building awareness with a team whose  goals  are so closely aligned with our own.

“We’re looking forward to the championship and also to awarding the lucky winners with our beautiful jewellery.”

Golf Union of Wales championships manager, David Wilson, added, “We are delighted that Clogau Gold have become the title sponsors of the Welsh Ladies Team Championships.

“It is a new relationship with the Golf Union and great to have some sponsorship for what is our biggest event in terms of the numbers of players in qualifying.

“Clogau will be involved in the sponsorship of the event and the prizes on offer, so I am sure the players will enjoy that and match our excitement that they are getting involved.

“The Welsh Ladies Team Championships is for clubs all round Wales, it is a great competition to run and it is wonderful to have a company with the stature of Clogau Gold who will add an extra dimension.

“They will provide some of the prizes and I am sure the competitors will be delighted about that, to have the chance to compete for some really special prizes in such a prestige championship.

“We added a Plate competition last year which went down really well, it added an extra day to the championship, so it is an event which is going from strength to strength – hopefully the players and the teams all feel the same way.”

Teams enter three regional finals of the Welsh Ladies Team Championships, with the top 32 qualifying for the national finals, first round losers going into a Plate competition.

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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.
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WELSH GOLF MEMBERSHIP ON THE UP http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/welsh-golf-membership-on-the-up http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/welsh-golf-membership-on-the-up Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales WELSH GOLF MEMBERSHIP ON THE UP

December 29,2016.

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Almost half the golf clubs in Wales have seen an increase in membership this year, including some great examples in Mid Wales, showing worldwide trends can be reversed with a modern approach to the lifelong sport.

And there were 21 clubs affiliated to the Golf Union of Wales, just more than one in eight, which have increased membership in both 2015 and 2016, including clubs from 14 different local authority areas across Wales.

Most of the successful clubs have been working closely with Golf Development Wales, learning the lessons from best practice across Wales.

The key causes have been a 5 per cent increase in girls joining clubs, plus a marked increase in the number of membership categories being offered so potential new members could choose a package to suit their lifestyle.

Almost two thirds of clubs saw an increase in visitor numbers in 2015, compared to 2014 (the most recent figures available), while the average number of full-time staff employed at each club has risen to eight – twice as many as 2013. The number of registered volunteers has also gone up 20 per cent, to 600.

Most of the successful clubs have been working closely with Golf Development Wales, learning the lessons from best practice across Wales.

Golf club membership across the world had been falling in recent years, with many clubs not keeping up with the changes in social habits, changed economic times and increased competition for people's time.

“Everyone at Golf Development Wales has been working incredibly hard, alongside some really inspirational clubs, to reverse the worldwide trends in golf club membership,” explained Hannah McAllister, Golf Union of Wales development director.

“While numbers of people playing golf have been going up, it is also important to convert that into club membership as the clubs are the key fabric of the sport. Even nomadic golf would not be possible without thriving clubs.

“We have seen some changes, more emphasis on women and girls joining clubs, families joining clubs, without forgetting the traditional demographics.

“Many golf clubs in Wales have embraced change and have seen a turnaround in their fortunes, in some cases a dramatic turnaround.

“Obviously the aim is to see golf club membership increasing at every club in Wales, but these figures show a good start and good progress. They also show there are certain approaches which can work in all areas of Wales.”

There are plenty of success stories from all round Wales. Lakeside in Mid Wales have seen numbers increase by more than 50 as well, while Builth Wells have seen 28 new members.

“When many clubs are struggling to retain membership let alone increase membership, Builth Wells Golf Club seems to have bucked the trend,” said the Builth professional Simon Edwards.

“Membership levels have increased across many categories including Full Male, Colt and Junior/Primary, thanks to promoting golf in schools and festivals, New2Golf starter packs, open days and being involved in the community.

“It isn’t rocket science how we as a club has increased membership, we aim to be fair to each and every person that is or wishes to be a member.”

For example Mold in North Wales has seen an affiliation increase of 41 men, nine women and six juniors.

Abersoch have also seen figures improve dramatically, with 46 men, eight women and five juniors.

Pennard near Swansea has seen one of the biggest increases in women members with 19 out of 45 people joining the club.

The exact figures show 42 per cent of clubs across Wales have increased their membership numbers in 2016, with girls' affiliations increasing by 5 per cent.

It follows a report in England which shows 30 per cent of clubs have increased membership this year, learning many of the same lessons as those being applied in Wales.

The news was welcomed by Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon, who added, “These figures show that the emphasis we have put on helping clubs to learn the lessons which help to attract new members has paid off.

“These increases go against the trends of recent years across the world, but particularly in the UK. It shows what a warm welcome, regular communication and being part of the community can achieve, alongside plenty of other measures.

“It also highlights the importance of welcoming all areas of the community, men, women, boys, girls, disability, ethnic minorities

“We are certainly not complacent, but it shows the start of what can be achieved. The Golf Union of Wales have some very ambitious targets in place for 2020 and these figure show we are on course.”

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