Golf Union Wales blog The latest news affecting golf in Wales from GUW http://www.golfunionwales.org/ en (C) 2017, GUW, www.golfunionwales.org Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:12:11 GMT Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:12:11 GMT GUW, www.golfunionwales.org Golf Union Wales Blog 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.

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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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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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#SustainableSolutions Day 1 http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/sustainablesolutions-day-1 http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/sustainablesolutions-day-1 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales Welsh Golf Clubs Share Sustainable Solutions

http://www.golfenvironment.org/whats_new/news/1456_welsh_golf_clubs_share_sustainable_solutions

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GUW Earns Silver Success http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/guw-earns-silver-success http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/guw-earns-silver-success Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales Golf Union of Wales Earns Silver Success

November 7, 2016.

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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 disabled people.

The benefits show with a doubling of the number of club members with a disability this year, compared to previous figures, with 22 hubs round Wales working with around a third more people with disabilities.

The award is thanks to work from Golf Development Wales bringing disabled people into golf and making the game more inclusive, building on being the first sports governing body in Wales to earn the bronze award.

Executive Director of Disability Sport Wales, Jon Morgan, said, “I am delighted to present Golf Union of Wales with our insport NGB Silver Standard, as one of the first governing bodies in Wales to come through the programme.

“There is some really innovative work being done with disabled golfers and to support disabled people into coaching and other roles and it's clear Golf are putting inclusion at the heart of the sport.

“Discovering the full potential of inclusive golf is an exciting prospect and one I look forward to sharing.”

Golf Union of Wales National Youth Panel member Jordan Rosser also won the Golf Foundation Burroughs Disability Award this year. 16-year-old Jordan is an ASQ Level 1 qualified coach, plays off a handicap of 15 and was also part of the GUW insport Silver presentation.

“We are delighted to receive the Silver Award, building on our success with the bronze award last year,” said Golf Union of Wales development director Hannah McAllister. “Inclusion is not just something that should happen, it needs to happen for the survival of our sport.

“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 as a sport.

“There are so many advantages to golf as a sport for life, showing it can truly be a sport for all as well and is now a key part of our targets going forward.

“Golf is well suited to benefit from the changes brought in to make the sport more inclusive, the average age of avid golfers is around 60 and about two in five of people over 60 have a general disability.”

The insport Silver Award is earned by such things as working towards developing inclusive strands in all coach education, to promote disability training in current coach education, provide courses for staff and clubs and identifying and supporting clubs within the sport working towards inclusive accreditation.

The first equality Golf audit in Wales showed only 8 per cent of club members with a disability, while this year's audit showed 16 per cent. The numbers in disability hubs around Wales have gone up from 306 in 2014 to 411 in 2015. These are facilities with specific inclusive equipment, an inclusive trained PGA professional who provides inclusive, pan disability, or impairment specific coaching.

One example is the New2Golf beginner scheme for blind or visually impaired people run by PGA club professional Nicola Stroud at Pennard.

The club ran taster sessions, adapted the rules to introduce people to the sport, including guide dogs, equipment and guides. The success of the scheme was shown by around half the participants in the taster sessions joining Pennard, while the other half joined other clubs.

There are around 50 club professionals around Wales who have achieved Disability Inclusive Training Level 1. There are 11 clubs in Wales who have achieved the insport Ribbon Award, with 21 more applications in progress.

The R and A adapted rules will be implemented in some of the GUW Championships for 2017 and are already in place for the GUW Junior Golf Tour, so there are more competitive opportunities for beginners to participate. Sessions at GUW coaching centres can also be adapted for individuals with a disability.

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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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NINE IS FINE FOR GOLF http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/play-nine-in-the-winter-time http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/play-nine-in-the-winter-time Mon, 07 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales Play Nine in the Winter Time

The glorious shot on the clear, crisp morning that warms the senses; the camaraderie in the clubhouse after a fun-filled nine holes; ensuring your membership is an all-year experience.

There are a host of benefits to winter golf and the game’s bodies in Great Britain & Ireland are encouraging players to stay active during the shorter days and darker nights.

This popular nine-hole video https://youtu.be/iHcSvo5nrXg - supported by a host of leading names including Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Matteo Manassero, Catriona Matthew, Charley Hull and Mel Reid –  outlines the benefits of shorter formats of the game, perfect for this time of year.

While nine-hole golf proves especially popular in the summer months, perhaps a quick round with friends after work or in a competition to help maintain a handicap, nine holes in the winter is equally enjoyable either socially or competitively.

Many clubs run nine-hole events throughout the winter, while even a few holes allows the chance to unwind and stay fit and healthy during the colder days .

The nine-hole digital campaign, first launched in July, will again be promoted on websites and through social media in the coming days by England Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Irish Ladies Golf Union, the Golf Union of Wales, Scottish Golf, the European Tour, the Ladies’ European Tour, the PGA, Sky Sports, the Golf Foundation and The R&A.

All the bodies support nine-hole events and The R&A successfully piloted a new nine-hole championship at Royal Troon ahead of The 145th Open this year, one set to be continued and supported by the home associations in 2017.

Don’t hibernate and hide the clubs away until the spring – find time for nine.

 

 

Follow #playnine and #getintogolf on Twitter.

 

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Sean's 59 Helps Pyle & Kenfig to Title http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/seans-59-helps-pyle-kenfig-to-title http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/seans-59-helps-pyle-kenfig-to-title Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales SEAN'S 59 HELPS PYLE AND KENFIG TO TITLE

October 28, 2016.

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A sensational net 59 by 13-year-old Sean David helped Pyle and Kenfig claim the Welsh Junior Club Championship at Builth Wells.

A net 70, after starting with ten straight pars, was the highlight of the team effort, with brother and sister Brodi and Emilie Lewis also finishing in the top ten.

Spencer Harvard-Pratt was second for host club Builth Wells, while Jack Wiggins was in third to help The Vale Resort into second place overall.

“The average age of the team was thirteen and a half so we were going there for experience really, but they had put a lot of work in before the event and played really well,” said Pyle and Kenfig secretary/manager Simon Hopkin.

“Everyone played their part, but Sean getting a gross 70, net 59 at the age of 13 was fantastic. We nickname him Bomber because he hits it so far and he hit a 306 yard drive at the last which was just colossal.

“We won the West Glamorgan title, which was great, but then we lost Welsh squad player Tom Peet after a rugby accident, but 13-year-old Kieran Tantum came in and did well.

“There were plenty of people from the club to support the team, but we exceeded our expectations.

“It shows the development in the junior section at Pyle and Kenfig. We have first team squad and academy, we will have a nine hole course for the juniors opening next year, we were also the first golf club in Wales to get the Junior Golf Cert award and we are one of the Golf Union of Wales girls hubs.”

The Pyle and Kenfig team was David, 14-year-old Emilie Lewis with a handicap of seven, 10-year-old Brodi Lewis off 18, 12-year-old Sam Peet off 11, and Tantum off 20.

Pyle and Kenfig club captain Roger Parsons said, “It was very exciting and quite emotional, the first time we have won the Welsh Junior Championships, to see the juniors participating – never mind winning – meant we were elated.

“The junior section is going forward massively, we have addressed the situation in the last 12 months because we could see we were struggling, so we formulated a plan which is coming together.”

Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson said, “Congratulations to Pyle and Kenfig for their tremendous win, it is not very often we see a 59 on the scoreboard in any of our championships.

“Also thanks to Builth Wells who did a tremendous job staging the event and the course was in fantastic condition, encouraging some good play from all the competitors.”

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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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COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2017 http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/council-elections-2017 http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/council-elections-2017 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales  

Information on the upcoming Council Elections can be found at the following link:-

http://www.golfunionwales.org/council-elections

 

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New Service Provider for DBS Checks http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/new-service-provider-for-dbs-checks http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/new-service-provider-for-dbs-checks Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales New Service Provider for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks
 
The Welsh Sports Association (WSA) has formed a partnership with Complete Background Screening Services (CBS), a highly experienced provider of background checks, such as DBS. CBS is a Pontypridd based company and is the 3rd largest provider of checks in the UK. The new service is now fully operational and all DBS checks will be carried out online through this new service at the GUW Offices.
 
Initially DBS checks will be FREE for volunteers as the WSA has secured a grant from Sport Wales to cover the admin fee of £4.50 for checks for all national governing bodies of sport until March 31st 2017 ONLY. After this date, volunteer checks will incur a £4.50 charge.
 
The GUW is also offering, as an added benefit to its member clubs, FREE sign up for individuals to the Update Service (£3.60 per year). This means that individuals will not need to re-apply every 3 years where the same level and type of check is required. The Update Service will be paid by the GUW on an annual basis. However clubs/ individuals will need to notify GUW if an individual’s check is no longer needed. For example if a Junior Organiser retires from their role etc.
 
Please remember that checks for paid members of staff and NOT volunteers cost £44.00.
 

DBS Process

 
1. If an individual requires a DBS check the club Secretary/Manager can verifier the individuals 3 forms of identification by completing a Documentary Evidence Verification form and sending into GUW offices with copies of documents.
2. Alternatively, face to face checks can be obtained at the Golf Development Wales Offices in Newport.
3. The club MUST request sight of the disclosure from the individual concerned PRIOR to the individual being recruited.
4. If there is a positive disclosure the Golf Safeguarding Action Group* (GSAG) Case Management Group** (CMG) will risk assess the disclosure and inform the club and individual of the recommended recruitment decision.
 

Alternative option

1. The individual could send the disclosure directly to the Golf Union of Wales to be risk assessed by the GSAG Case Management Group (CMG) and the recommendation regarding recruitment from the RISK ASSESSMENT will be sent to the individual and to the club.
 

The process:

Helps organisation provide a sound recruitment process, thus improving safeguards.
 
 Ensures that information goes to the person(s) who need to ensure effective risk management.
 Arguably, could deter suitable volunteers who would not wish their peers to be aware of potentially sensitive information that may be disclosed but does not impact on child protection.
 

Alternative option:

 
 Ensures an objective review of disclosure to assist with risk management.
 Ensures there is no compromise regarding irrelevant personal information.
 
Any queries please contact Sian Simmons, Safeguarding Co-ordinator sian.simmons@golfunionwales.org
 
*Golf Union of Wales is a member of the Golf Safeguarding Action Group (GSAG), which consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain and has been set up to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf. This will be achieved through the unique partnership which has the ability to influence and act as an advocate for safeguarding across the golfing landscape. Members of the GSAG include; Golf Union of Wales, The Professional Golfers’ Association, England Golf, Ladies European Tour and The Golf Foundation.
 
**Golf Union of Wales is also a member of GSAG Case Management Group. The CMG is made up of independent members who are volunteers with relevant safeguarding management experience and expertise, as well as the relevant lead officer from each member organisation. The primary role of the CMG is to offer advice and guidance in relation to safeguarding concerns and cases and to support the relevant member Golf organisations’ Safeguarding Leads in carrying out their role and responsibilities. When clubs refer any concerns or cases into Golf Union of Wales a uniformed decision can be made at the CMG and the club will be supported through the process.
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Golf & Health Project Launched http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/golf-health-project-launched http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/golf-health-project-launched Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales GOLF UNION OF WALES PRESS RELEASE

GOLF & HEALTH PROJECT LAUNCHES TO HIGHLIGHT HOW GOLF CAN BENEFIT ALL    

www.golfandhealth.org

  • New and unique project aiming to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of golf has launched around the world
  • An academically rigorous methodology examines pre-existing research 
  • Innovative new research will fill knowledge gaps and show golf’s role in health and wellbeing

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., USA) - World Golf Foundation (WGF) – the non-profit organization developing and supporting initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values – announces the launch of the Golf & Health Project, academically researching and highlighting how the game can benefit peoples’ lives.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, led by Dr. Andrew Murray and under the supervision of leading international academics, Professor Nanette Mutrie and Professor Liz Grant, have conducted the largest, most comprehensive study of golf and health, with the results shown in a Scoping Review published in the world’s leading sports medicine and science journal, The British Journal of Sports Medicine.  In total, 5,000 papers were reviewed to provide a comprehensive view on the impact of the game on health, illness prevention (and management) and associated injuries (infographic).

Key benefits include improvements in life expectancy and quality of life, as well as physical and mental health benefits.  Golf is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon and breast cancer.  Current research shows that golf has positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity.

The Project launches with support from all of golf’s major organisations, along with an initial eight ambassadors from around the world with more than 30 majors and 350 wins between them - Aaron Baddeley (Australia), Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Gary Player (South Africa), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Ryann O'Toole (USA), So Yeon Ryu (South Korea), and Zach Johnson (USA).

“I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the Golf & Health Project and wholeheartedly support the work they are doing to prove the health and wellbeing benefits of golf,” explained Gary Player, nine-time Major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member.  “The systematic and academic confirmation of the physical and mental benefits golf gives people will be of great use to us all to spread the word to institutions, governments and the entire world!”

Current information from the Scoping Review and future research findings will continue to be available through the Golf & Health website – www.golfandhealth.org. This information is designed to be practical and usable by golf’s stakeholders to help develop the sport around the world.

The project also aims to show existing and future benefits that are identified are applicable to individuals of all ages throughout society, not just a specific sub-section of the population.
 
The WGF and the major golf organizations represented on its Board of Directors, along with partners such as the PGAs of Europe and the University of Edinburgh, academic collaborators  and supporters from the University of California at San Francisco, and various other organizations, are working together on the Project with a view to sharing its work around the globe.

“The importance of the Golf & Health Project in the development of the sport is vital, not just for the WGF’s partners, but everyone involved with golf around the world,” said Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation.  “This Project is something we can all get behind, as it is universally agreed that golf is good for you. It is going to provide real, tangible resources that can be used by governments and politicians, professional tours, governing bodies, golf businesses, PGA Professionals and more - all to the sport’s benefit.”
 
The Project is planning various research-led activities to further prove areas of interest and also expand into currently under-researched areas such as the mental health benefits of golf, physical benefits in older players and the positive effects of spectating.
 
“For a number of years we’ve felt we’ve underplayed the likely benefits of golf on peoples’ health,” added Golf & Health Project Executive Director and European Tour Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roger Hawkes.  “Over the last two or three years, there seems to be an interest from various bodies and we’ve been able to bring together that interest to actually study this area.”
 
Further information, news and features on the Golf & Health Project: www.golfandhealth.org, @GolfAndHealth on Twitter and ‘Golf and Health’ on Facebook.

For queries relating to the Project, contact info@golfandhealth.org and for media queries contact media@golfandhealth.org.

 

 www.golfandhealth.org

 

 

 

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COTTRELL PARK PROVIDES A FITTING FINALE TO THE 2016 WELSH JUNIOR TOUR http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/cottrell-park-provides-a-fitting-finale-to-the-2016-welsh-junior-tour http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/cottrell-park-provides-a-fitting-finale-to-the-2016-welsh-junior-tour Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales October 3, 2016.

(For free to use pictures of the winners with Golf Union of Wales president Neil Niblett, please download from the following link https://we.tl/skyRV5aG4t )

Seventy five young golfers between the ages of 6-14 took part in the finals of the 2016 Welsh Junior Tour, a suitable climax in a successful first year for the new event in the Welsh sporting calendar.

They qualified for the finals at Cottrell Park, the Welsh Golf Club of the Year for 2015, as a result of their performances at Junior Tour events over the course of the season.

The Junior Tour has been so successful this season that the Golf Union of Wales are already planning to extend the event next year.

Golf Union of Wales President Neil Niblett said, “The Junior Tour has been a tremendous new initiative this year with young players from right across Wales taking part.

It is our hope that this event helps to build on the excellent work already being done in clubs and counties to help encourage and develop junior golf in Wales. Cottrell Park has been a great venue for the Finals and we are very grateful to the club for allowing us the use of the Mackintosh Course today.”

George Ledsham from Mold Golf Club made the long trip to South Wales worthwhile by winning the U8s age category by three points from Builth Wells’ Harry Edwards with Joseph Hancock, also from Mold, coming third.

In the U10s section William Pontin for Rhondda carried the day with a great score of 61 points, just edging out Junior Tour regular Brodi Lewis from Pyle & Kenfig who was second with 60 points. Michael Collis continued a great day for the Mold juniors with a third place finish.

Zak Baker from Llandrindod Wells, Abergele’s Jack McKinney and Bargoed’s Ryan Williams have been battling it out all season in the U12s age group. On this occasion Williams came in fourth having been pipped for third by Ralph O’Carroll from nearby St Athan Golf Club.

A fine score of 60 points was good enough for the runners up position for Jack McKinney, but the winner was Zak Baker with 61 points so adding the Tour Final title to his top place in the Order of Merit.

In the U14 Girls Megan Vineall from Newport continued her run of good form winning by 2 points from The Vale Resort’s Darcey Harry with Kasumi Tran from Tenby in third place.

The Boys U14 section was closely contested with Sean Hazelby from Carmarthen winning by a single point from Caerphilly’s Iwan Fullick who in turn edged ahead of third placed William Sandoz from Wrexham on a card countback over the last nine holes.

The GUW Championship Manager David Wilson said, “‘The Finals day has provided a fitting finale to this year’s Welsh Junior Tour.

Our plans are well advanced for 2017 and following the success of the series of competitions this year we intend to run 5 qualifying events around Wales and a Tour Final next year.

We look forward to welcoming back many of those who have played this year along with new players to the Tour in 2017.”

 

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 Union of Wales & NSPCC http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/golf-union-of-wales-nspcc http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/golf-union-of-wales-nspcc Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales GOLF UNION OF WALES joins the NSPCC to promote parents’ role In golf

Parents and carers are key to a child’s lifelong involvement in golf

The NSPCC and Golf Union of Wales have joined forces with more than 100 sports organisations in the UK and Ireland to promote Parents in Sport Week next month. From 3 to 9 October, we want clubs to rally behind our efforts to underscore the positive, supporting role that parents play.

The NSPCC and Golf Union of Wales want to raise awareness among coaches and officials of the crucial role parents have in helping children enjoy sport.

Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University, who studies parental involvement in sport, said: “Without the support of their parents and carers, the opportunities for children to engage in sport and reach their full potential will be limited.”

However many sport know of ‘over-involved’ or ‘pushy’ parents. “Unfortunately, this is leading to some coaches and organisations limiting their involvement with and support of parents,” Dr Knight adds, “which subsequently affects children’s experiences.”

Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and Golf Union of Wales are helping to change the conversation and remind everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to youth sport.

The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at thecpsu.org.uk/parents.

“From Olympic athletes to grassroots players there is consistent agreement that parents are most important in initiating involvement in sport and supporting long-term positive engagement,” said Anne Tiivas, Director of the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

However, certain types of involvement and behaviours from parents and carers can be challenging, and take away from a child’s experience and enjoyment. As they commit a lot of time, money and emotional support to their children’s participation in sport, sometimes in an emotionally charged environment they may get carried away, for example on the golf course. Negative parental behaviour such as arguing with officials and referees or putting too much pressure on the child takes away from their experience of sport. This can also stunt a child’s desire to continue in sport and damage their perception of sport as fun.

We at the Golf Union of Wales are fully behind this initiative to raise awareness of the positive role a parent has in helping a child reach their full potential.

Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC, GUW and other sports organisations hope to highlight the essential role parents have in encouraging a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport.

Notes:

Parents in Sport Week aims to:

  • encourage sports organisations to promote the positive role parents play in helping children reach their full potential
  • empower parents by helping them to support their child’s participation in sport
  • assist coaches and officials to understand the crucial role parents have in a child’s involvement in sport

Further information:

 

 

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Wales's Boote Top 10 in World Champs http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/waless-boote-top-10-in-world-champs http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/waless-boote-top-10-in-world-champs Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales WALES'S BOOTE TOP 10 IN WORLD CHAMPS

September 26, 2016.

(For free to use pictures of the Wales team at the Eisnehower Trophy, L-R, Owen Edwards, David Boote, Zac Gould (Team Manager), Josh Davies, and David Boote in action, please download from following link https://we.tl/wzXGPoxBCx )

Welsh golfer David Boote earned a top 10 finish at the World Amateur Team Championships, lifting his Wales team into 16th place in the event won by Australia.

US Amateur quarter-finalist Boote finished strongly with rounds of 68 and 67 over the weekend to lift himself to 9th among the world's top amateur golfers, with an overall score of nine under at the Eisenhower Trophy held in Mexico.

His score was crucial every day to the Wales team, with the two best scores out of three counting, while Owen Edwards of Llanwern and Celtic Manor's Josh Davies each counted on two days out of the four with a team total of eight under.

Boote becomes only the third Wales golfer to finish in the top 10 in the world championships, following Nigel Edwards in 2004 and 2006 when he helped steer Wales to seventh and fourth alongside European Tour player Rhys Davies and James Frazer in 2012.

The event this year was won by runaway leaders Australia, who also contributed the top two individual players, with England in second place.

“Congratulations to David, it was a strong individual performance as his score counted each day and he led the team to a respectable finish amongst the world's best amateurs.” said Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon.

“He has had an outstanding season reaching the quarter-finals of the US Amateur, the first time a Welsh player has done that, and also playing leading roles in the Palmer Cup and St Andrew's Trophy teams for Europe and Great Britain and Ireland.”

Boote has just finished his degree at Stanford University, where Tiger Woods also studied, and is planning to enter European Tour qualifying as an amateur but has also not ruled out next year's Walker Cup as a target.

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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.

Further details are available at the Golf Development Wales website www.golfdevelopmentwales.org.

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ENGLAND PIP WALES FOR SENIORS GOLF TITLE http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/england-pip-wales-for-seniors-golf-title http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/england-pip-wales-for-seniors-golf-title Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales ENGLAND PIP WALES FOR SENIORS GOLF TITLE

September 23, 2016.

(For free to use pictures, please download from following link https://we.tl/9piwl0afnP . England captain Roy Smethurst with the trophy in the middle. Please credit Andrew Windsor.)

England kept their record of winning the Seniors Home Internationals every time it has been held in Wales, though the home team enjoyed one of their best ever finishes in second.

It came down to a winner-takes-all clash between England and Wales on the final day at Machynys golf club in Llanelli, most of the contests were close for a long time before the English team finished strongly to take the title.

Both had beaten last year's champions Ireland and also Scotland over the first two days. When Wales beat the Irish on the opening day it was a first victory in the competition for four years after a series of last place finishes.

“Being runners-up is huge for us,” admitted Wales captain Richard Hendicott. “We have been fourth for a number of years, so second is a huge step forward and shows the team what can be done.

“Beating Ireland was fantastic. We got a good start in the foursomes and then carried that through into the singles.

“Then we lost the morning foursomes 3-0 to Scotland, the current European champions, but we won the afternoon singles 5-1 to come back to win.

“Then we came up against a very good England team and maybe we had left our best golf out on the course over the first two days.

“Machynys was in excellent condition, while all the volunteers and staff looked after us extremely well. It was the ideal location for a match play competition.”

Wales were bolstered by debutantes Colin Jones (West Sussex, Nick Grimmitt (Wenvoe Castle) and Michael Gwyther (Morlais Castle) completing the team with Andrew Williams (Newport), Nigel Evans (St Mellons), Glyn Rees (Fleetwood) and Paul Bloomfield (Kingsdown).

The comeback against Scotland was sealed when Gwyther and Williams, playing the final two matches, both had a one hole lead going up the 18th and were able to hold on to win in a thrilling finish.

England captain Roy Smethurst was delighted with the overall victory. “I don't know if there's something in the water in Wales or the air, but this is the fourth time the event has been played here and we have won every time so we always seem to play well in Wales,” he said.

“It was a great team effort throughout, tough victories over Scotland and then Ireland meant we came up against Wales in a winner-takes-all situation.

“A few years ago we faced Wales in the final match needing to win to take the title and we failed to do that then, so with memories of that we were really geared up to avoid history repeating itself.

“We did well in the morning foursomes so we just needed two wins from the singles, at the halfway stage it was not clear if we were in front as most matches were close but then we came good on the back nine and we could really enjoy it.

“Quite a few of the team had played here at Machynys in the British Seniors in 2012 but it was noticeable in four years how much the course has improved and matured.

“I would also congratulate the Golf Union of Wales for the way they set up the course which was very sporting and fair.”

Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson added, “It was a good performance by the Wales team on home ground, but also the Machynys club, staff and volunteers were all a major part of a successful week.

“We are also hugely indebted to Castell Howell, whose sponsorship was very important in terms of making the week go well.”




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New Golfers Tee Off In Style http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/new-golfers-tee-off-in-style http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/new-golfers-tee-off-in-style Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales

NEW GOLFERS TEE OFF IN STYLE

September 21, 2016.

(For free to use pictures of the prize winners and Amy Boulden hitting on the first tee, please download from following link https://we.tl/pFmRYwNzVP )

Sixty new golfers from all round North Wales enjoyed a special event with thousands of pounds worth of prizes and help from Ladies European Tour star Amy Boulden.

The New2Golf Summer Swing event at Maesdu Golf Club attracted 24 men and 36 ladies from different golf clubs in North Wales including, Wrexham, Nefyn, Maesdu, Denbigh, Holywell, Conwy, St Melyd, North Wales, Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr to play in the seven hole competition.

Former Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year Boulden was on hand to hit everyone’s first shot on the short Par 3 opening hole to prevent any first tee nerves for these New2golfers, while the main prizes of pendants for the ladies and cuff links for the men were donated by Clogau Gold.

Sandra Helme from North Wales won the Ladies prize, with Denbigh's Linda Thompson in second and Toni Jones of Wrexham third, while Wayne Harris from Rhyl won the Men's award with Holywell's Paul Harrison and Gerald Bromilow second and third respectively.

Peter Forsyth, also from Holywell, had his ball hit closest to the pin by Amy so he won a brand new Mercedez Benz car to drive around in for a long weekend courtesy of Mercedez Benz garage in Llandudno Junction.

There was also a nearest the line competition for the straightest tee shot, won by Sarah Moss of Maesdu, while the pork pies at the finish were provided by The Ham Bones in Llandudno and there were also some goodies for all competitors from the Ladies European Tour and Golf Development Wales.

Maesdu golf club provided courtesy of the course for the event, while Principality Building Society also helped sponsor the Golf Development Wales event. GDW Ambassador Boulden was on hand at the course where she learned to play golf.

“The day went really well and I hope the event encouraged everyone to play more golf, to just enjoy the game and have fun,” said North Wales community golf development officer Kim Boulden.

Maesdu member Chris Drew commented, “Your New2 Golf Summer Swing gives people chance to meet up again under what is more extended and relaxed circumstances than the original 4-week sessions. Thanks for creating this opportunity.”

Sandra Pierce added, “Today was a special day for me. After two and a half weeks of being extremely poorly and seven days in Glan Clwyd this time last week wa sa distant dream to be stood on the tee. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Golf was a shocker but I feel truly blessed.”

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Squad Announcement 2016 - 2017 http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/squad-announcement-2016-2017 http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/squad-announcement-2016-2017 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales GUW SQUADS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016/17


The Golf Union of Wales is pleased to announce the following players have been selected to be part of our squad coaching programme in 2016/17:

 

National Male

David Boote (Walton Heath)

Owen Edwards (Llanwern)

Joshua Davies (Celtic Manor)

Jack Davidson (Llanwern)

Evan Griffith (Conwy)

Ben Chamberlain (Padeswood and Buckley)

Thomas Williams (Wrexham)

 

National Female

Katherine O’Connor (West Byfleet)

Georgia Lewis (Llanishen)

Jordan Ryan (Newport)

Alice Barnes (West Sussex)

Lucy Jones (Wrexham)

Ffion Evans (Newport Links)

 

National  U21

Billy Truman (Trefloyne)

Luke Harries (Tenby)

Ben Hicks (Parc)

Aled Greville (Ashburnham)

Oliver Brown (The Vale Resort)

Matthew Harris (St Mellons)

Jacob Davies (Mold)

Tom Roberts (Denbigh)

 

Regional A

Tom Peet (Pyle and Kenfig)

Abe Forsyth (Haverfordwest)

Edward Price (Newport)

Cai James (Colchester)

Archie Davies (Carlisle)

Conor Jones (Aberdovey)

James Ashfield (Eaton)

Laurence Chesworth (Aberdovey)

 

Regional A

Caitlin Evans –Brand (Yelverton)

Ffion Tynan (Minchinhampton)

Carys Worby (Newport Links)

Ffion Vineall (Newport)

Lea Anne Bramwell (Abergele)

 

Regional B

Reuben Bather (Llandudno)

Connor Owen (Oswestry)

Tomos Bowen (Welshpool)

Matthew Sandoz (Wrexham)

Daniel Rumsey (Clays)

Dylan Thomas (Pontardawe)

Jamie Dean (Carmarthen)

Bryn Thomas (Cilgwyn)

 

Regional B

Lauren Howorth (Abergele)

Elise Davies (Wrexham)

Alice Thomas (Pontypridd)

Emilie Lewis (Pyle and Kenfig)

Harriett Lockley (Isle of Wedmore)

Kasumi Tran (Tenby)

Eleanor Willis (St Pierre)

Darcey Harry (The Vale Resort)

 

Academy South  A

Finnigan Davies (Woodlake Park)

Oliver Reeves (Pennard)

Morgan Craven (Truro)

Thomas Savill (Glamorganshire)

Sam Peet (Pyle and Kenfig)

Daniel Nuttall (Raglan Parc)

Sean David (Pyle and Kenfig)

 

Academy North

Charlie Ward (Willesley)

Charlie McKinney (Abergele)

William Sandoz (Wrexham)

Matthew Rumsey (Clays)

Charlie Simpson (Rhos- on –Sea)

Caolen Burford (Rhuddlan)

 

Academy South B

Brodi Lewis (Pyle and Kenfig)

Zak Baker (Llandridnod Wells)

Joss Lerwill (Newport Links)

Will Fido (Newport)

Ryan Williams (Bargoed)

Harry Paterson (St Pierre)

Harrison Guy (Newport)

Joe Jones (Langland Bay)

 

Nursery

Osian Jones (Caernarfon)

Jack Roscoe (Caernarfon)

Morgan Yorke (Aberdovey)

Tomos Roberts (St Deiniol)

Jack McKinney (Abergele)

Rhys English (Whitchurch)

Callum Hook (Bryn Meadows)

Ethan Langley (Rhondda)

Joe Forkings (Llandridnod Wells)

Ralph O’Carroll (St Athans)

Fred O’Carroll (St Athans)

 

Nursery

Jessica Atwell (Llanwern)

Gracie Mayo (Bryn Meadows)

Adelaide Francis (Newport)

Megan Vineall (Newport)

Ellie Povall (Caerleon)

Elin Tynan (Cottrell Park)

Hollie Jenkins (Milford Haven)

Robyn Elward (Rhondda)

 

If you would like further information on how these squads are selected and the GUW talent identification process then please click here http://www.golfunionwales.org/talent-selection-process

 

The selected players will receive further information from the GUW office in the next few days.

 

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SENIOR MEN’S HOME INTERNATIONALS AT MACHYNYS PENINSULA http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/senior-men’s-home-internationals-at-machynys-peninsula http://www.golfunionwales.org/blog/senior-men’s-home-internationals-at-machynys-peninsula Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales  ENGLAND AND WALES MARCH ON AT MACHYNYS

 

Wales produced one of the most remarkable comebacks seen in recent years to beat European Champions Scotland in day two at Machynys.

Scotland, keen to bounce back from their opening day defeat to England opened up strongly with a   3-0 win in the morning foursomes. In the opening match Scotland’s Ronnie Clark and Graham Bell  finished strongly to secure a 4&2 winning margin. John Fraser and Ian Brotherston looked comfortable throughout in their 5&4 win in the second game before Malcolm Reid and David Gardner held their nerve to secure a 1up win over Wales’ Andrew Williams and Paul Bloomfield.

3-0 at lunch and surely match over, but not as far as Wales were concerned. Nigel Evans, Nick Grimmitt and Paul Bloomfield all put early wins on the board for Wales countered only by Graham Bell’s 3&2 victory over Glyn Rees in a game featuring 13 birdies. Still advantage Scotland until Wales’ Michael Gwyther recovered from 2 down with 5 to play to secure a 1 hole win in game 5. 4 points each and everything rested on the final game with Scotland’s Malcolm Reid battling back from 3 down to take the game down the 18th. A great birdie from Reid left Andrew Williams with a tricky 4 footer across the break to secure the win. His nerve held, 5-4 to Wales and the ‘Miracle at Machynys’ was complete!

England continued their good form from day 1, winning the foursomes series against Ireland by two games to one. John Mitchell and Michael Quirke secured an early point  for Ireland with a 5&4 win but England soon replied through Stephen East and Richard Latham before a 3&2 win in the final game for Ian Crowther and David Nelson gave  England a narrow advantage  going into the singles.

Away from the excitement of the Scotland v Wales match England quietly went about their business in the afternoon with ruthless efficiency. Comfortable wins for Stephen East, Alan Mew, Mark Stones and Ian Crowther secured the victory for the English team whilst John Mitchell and Maurice Kelly recorded consolation wins for Ireland.  Overall 6-3 to England leaving them top of the table, ahead of Wales on the basis of having won more individual game points.

Day three will be a straight shoot-out between England and Wales with the winners guaranteed to claim the Presidents’ Trophy. Ireland and Scotland will play off for third place. Matches start at 8am with visitors welcome to come to Machynys to support their team.

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