Golf Union Wales blog The latest news affecting golf in Wales from GUW en (C) 2017, GUW, Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:24:45 GMT Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:24:45 GMT GUW, Golf Union Wales Blog JESS LEADS FANTASTIC SCORING AT LAKESIDE Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales JESS LEADS FANTASTIC SCORING AT LAKESIDE

August 12, 2017.

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Jessica Atwell from Llanwern scored an extraordinary 50 stableford points to win the Ping Welsh Junior Tour under 14s event at Lakeside Golf Course.

Playing off a handicap of 13, Jessica recorded a gross score of 1 under par returning a card including 5 birdies.

Golg Union of Wales championship manager David Wilson said, “This was an exceptional score from Jessica and easily justified the early morning start and long trip from Llanwern to get to the Lakeside venue.”

Osian Jones from Caernarfon and Abergele’s Owen Warwick were second and third with scores of 46 and 45 points respectively, which on another day could easily have been good enough to win.

Josh Chamberlain from Bryn Meadows, ever present this season, produced another consistent performance to claim the U14s Order of Merit title for 2017.

In a nail-biting finish to the U12s category, Bargoed’s Ryan Williams edged out Ethan Langley from Rhondda by a single point to win and also top the U12’s Order of Merit table with Ethan in 2nd place.

Celtic Manor’s Kian Orford, a winner at Carmarthen earlier in the season, maintained his good form to secure 3rd place at Lakeside.

Charlie Boys enjoyed success in the U10s age group with a fine score of 64 points, enough to win by 4 from Builth Wells’ Thomas Edwards.

Thomas’ second place was sufficient to secure him the runners up spot in the Order of Merit behind William Pontin from Rhondda, who has enjoyed three Ping Welsh Junior Tour wins this season. Home club player Logan Scherpe was third with a score of 54.

Mold ‘s George Ledsham made it two out of two in the U8s, backing up his win at Mold with another success at Lakeside.

Reuben Baker continued his excellent form in second place and so securing the Order of Merit title in the U8s age group.

Tour regular Tomas Carlson tied on points with Reuben, with a card countback just giving Reuben the edge so placing Tomas in third.

Wilson added, “We have had a great day at Lakeside. This 9 hole course really is a delight with first class facilities on and off the course.

“The players have produced some tremendous scoring and it has been a pleasure to see so many players and their families enjoy the competitions and skills challenges.

“We now very much look forward to the Tour Final in a few weeks.”

The top 20 players in the Order of Merit in each age group will be invited to play in the Ping Welsh Junior Tour Final to be held at the St Pierre Marriott Hotel and Country Club on Sunday 1 October.


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August 8, 2017.

Llanwern golfer Jack Davidson hopes his Welsh Amateur Championship win is perfectly timed just before the Home Internationals and Walker Cup team selection.

Next up for the new Welsh champion is the Home Internationals, with the team hoping to build on their European Nations success this season to bring the title back to Wales after some near misses in recent years.

Then comes the Walker Cup team announcement, with Davidson joined by fellow Wales internationals David Boote and Owen Edwards in the wider squad which will be whittled down to the group of 10 to face the Americans at the Los Angeles Country Club.

“Obviously your home event is always a nice one to win, plus at the start of the year I would never have imagined winning three titles,” said Davidson, who also claimed the Spanish Amateur and European Nations Cup individual honours.

“With the Walker Cup announcement coming up, it seems this came at a good time for me – especially after having had a couple of missed cuts.

“I feel I am in the position I wanted to be in, having two match play wins might help me, but there are 15 to 20 guys who have all won or had good seasons. Whoever gets selected, it will be a very strong team.”

Davidson went into the Welsh Amateur as one of the favourites after hitting top form for much of this season.

“I would not say I changed much in my game,” he said. “I had a better short game plan over the winter with my coach Neil Matthews, it has all clicked a bit better and I feel I have matured so I can move on quickly from bad shots.

“I am looking forward to the Home Internationals next week. I am excited because it may be my last time playing for Wales, I will go to the qualifying school in October and try to earn my European Tour card there.

“As a team we were obviously pleased to win the European Nations Cup, but disappointed with the way we played at the European Team Championships.

“However we will go in with confidence, standing on the first tee knowing we can do well. I feel I have got a monkey off my back with the wins this year and that has helped my confidence.”

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August 8, 2017.

Jack Davidson clinched the Welsh Amateur title to take another step closer to Walker Cup selection, in an excellent season that has already seen him claim the European Nations Cup title.

The Llanwern golfer beat The Vale Resort's Tim Harry in the final at Aberdovey, to earn his third title of the season after winning the Spanish Amateur as well as his European Nations success.

Davidson was certainly one of the form players going into the event, but it was fellow Welsh international Evan Griffith of Conwy who topped the stroke play event to qualify for the match play stages.

Davidson qualified comfortably in tied fourth and the two met in the semi-finals with Davidson edging a tight contest by two holes. Things were a little easier in the 36 hole final and Davidson stretched out to win by eight and seven against Harry.

He had beaten Celtic Manor's Theo Baker in the last 32, then Zach Galliford of Borth and Ynyslas, and Shaun Harpin on Rhos-on-Sea on his way to the semis.

Harry had beaten Southerndown's Llewellyn Matthews in the semis, following victories over Wrexham's Tom Williams, Nefyn's Tom Froom and Conwy's Lee Jones.

“This was a strong performance from Jack, who added the Welsh Amateur to his list of titles won this season,” said Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson.

“Congratulations to him on what has already been an excellent season, but with the Walker Cup later in the year as well it could get even better.

“He played strongly throughout the competition, beating some tough opponents along the way, and ultimately had too much Tim in the final – although Tim can also be pleased with his week.

“Congratulations also to Aberdovey, always one of our top championship courses, which was in excellent condition and set a challenging test for the players.”

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July 29, 2017

The new Welsh Boys and Welsh Girls champions both bounced back from adversity to claim their first national titles in tough conditions at Bull Bay in Anglesey.

Yelverton's Caitlin Evans-Brand finished her first stroke play round with a nine and eight, but learned the lessons in the match play stages, while for Tenby's Luke Harries it was third time lucky after losing twice in the Welsh Boys final in previous years.

Both are looking to use the victories as a springboard to pursue their golf in the United States, Harries heading for Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee in two weeks while Evans-Brand is planning to take a year out before applying for a place at American universities.

It was also an early birthday present for Harries, who turns 18 next week. “This is my last year in juniors so this win feels really, really good,” he admitted, after beating Harry Frazer of Pennard at the first extra hole.

“It was my third final and I finally got the job done this year. I lost in the quarters last year, but the two years before that I was in the final but I had a bit of a rough ride both times.

“This year I felt ready, obviously I was younger before and playing against boys three years older, this time I felt that if I stuck at it then that would be good enough.

“It was windy and then the rain came in as we were going up the 16th, so it was certainly challenging.

“I turn 18 next week, we have the Home Internationals, then the British Boys and then two days later I head off to Tennessee so it is a busy time.”

Evans-Brand beat Darcey Harry of the Vale Resort three and two in the final, after surviving a scare in the stroke play stages and then beating stroke play winner Erin Toft of Northop on her way to the final.

“It feels amazing to win and slightly surreal,” admitted 18-year-old Evans-Brand, who plays at Yelverton near Plymouth, qualifies for Wales through her mother from Bridgend, and who won the British Schools and Colleges title last year.

“I got off to a bit of a ropey start when I finished my first round with a nine and an eight, so my mind was not really in the best place, but I got through in the end.

“I proved to myself that if I could come back from a nine and an eight then I could come back from anything, that helped me in the final when I lost three holes in a row. It was a massive learning curve, but I proved to myself I could do it.

“I hope to carry this form into the Home Internationals in two weeks. I will take a year out to concentrate on golf and but then I am planning to go to America on a golf scholarship.”

Ashton Bradbury, Golf Union of Wales chairman of championships and rules, added, “Congratulations to Luke and Caitlin for coming through some tight and impressive competition to claim the titles.

“Holding the Girls and the Boys Championships together again worked really well and Bull Bay was a top venue to challenge the players.

“The weather made it interesting so thanks to everyone at the Bull Bay club for helping to put on such a successful event.”

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2017 WALES SENIOR OPEN Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales Evans aiming to make up for lost time in qualifying battle for Senior Open

The qualifying event for this year’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex has attracted a huge number of entries, with over 420 players from almost 40 countries attempting to join legends such as Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Tom Watson and Ian Woosnam in the field at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.

Four courses - Ashburnham Golf Club, Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club, Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club and Southerndown Golf Club – will host the Monday qualifying event on July 24, with the total field across all the venues creating a diverse and high-quality competition.

With only 5% of the entrants hailing from Wales, it means that the other 95% represents a ‘league of nations’ travelling from all corners of the globe – including Algeria, Korea, Poland and Nepal – in search of approximately 40 spots earning access to the Championship from July 27-30.

Each venue will welcome in excess of 100 qualifiers, including more than 50 in total from the United States. The influx of more than 400 golfers, and the families and entourages accompanying them, will provide a significant economic boost to the Counties of Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Carmarthenshire. This benefit will only increase during the week of the tournament, with tens of thousands of spectators expected for the 31st edition of the Championship.

For one man, the qualifying event at Pyle & Kenfig is especially significant. Peter Evans, the long-time and highly respected Head Professional at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, is hoping that the knowledge of that course acquired as a youngster can help him make up for lost time.

Evans, who had been at the club for 34 years, explained: “When the Senior Open was here in 2014, I missed out because my 50th birthday fell on the 29th of July – eight days after the event finished. It was incredibly frustrating, but I felt a bit better when I opened a lovely birthday card from no less than Tom Watson saying it was a shame my mother hadn’t been able to wait for another eight days! It was very amusing and a nice touch.”

Now approaching his 53rd birthday on the Saturday of this year’s Championship, Evans is attempting to qualify this Monday over the course which runs adjacent to Royal Porthcawl. He said: “I was a junior member of Pyle & Kenfig for seven years and won the Junior Championship there. I know my way around and hopefully that local knowledge will help.

“I would love to qualify because the course at Royal Porthcawl is spectacular at the moment – very similar to the look and feel we had in 2014. Of course, I am biased, but I can’t remember the course looking so well before a big event. I spoke to an American visitor here a few days ago who said it had been his best experience on a golf course. That means a lot to all of us here.”

Among those joining Evans at Pyle & Kenfig will be former PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions winner, Willie Wood, as well as Jesper Parnevik’s long-time caddie and professional golfer, Lance Tenbroeck.

Southerndown’s Director of Golf, John Peters, will take on the same challenge as Evans over his home course, which also brings some top names to the area.  Mike Donald, runner-up to Hale Irwin in the 1990 US Open, is in the field along with Gary Hallberg, the American who finished runner-up to Fred Couples in the Senior Open at Turnberry in 2012.

Also at Southerndown is Ireland’s Philip Walton, who claimed the winning point for Europe in the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill.

All of those entering the 18-hole pre-cursor to the main event will hope to follow in the footsteps of American Pete Oakley, who came through the qualification process en route to a maiden Senior Major title in 2004 at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

A variety of ticket options are still available along with hospitality packages. In addition to full price season and day tickets, the Senior Open Championship is offering Twilight Tickets (entry after 3pm) for Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28, priced £13.50 in advance or £15 on the gate. Young adults aged between 17-24 can purchase a Youth Ticket at a discounted price of £16.

Entry is free of charge for the Under-16s, accompanied by an adult, while parking close to the Royal Porthcawl course is also free.

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About the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex

The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex will be played over the world-renowned links of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Wales for the second time in 2017.

The Championship has been officially recognised as a ‘Senior Major’ since 2003, when the event owners, the European Tour and The R&A, incorporated the Championship into the schedules of both the European Senior Tour and the PGA TOUR Champions. These organisations are also long time partners with Rolex, as part of the brand’s enduring support of golf, which marks its 50thanniversary in 2017.

Since its inauguration in 1987 at Turnberry in Scotland, the Championship has been hosted by the UK’s most prestigious and challenging courses, and celebrated its 30th edition in 2016 at Carnoustie, Scotland. The event returns to Royal Porthcawl three years after the club became the first Welsh venue to host Europe’s Senior Major, when Rolex Testimonee Bernhard Langer won the Championship for the second time.

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About the Senior Tour

Many of the pioneering champions, whose ambitions in the last three decades of the 20th century led to the creation of the European Tour, are now developing the European Senior Tour with equal success. Included in that number are past Ryder Cup Captains and players, Major Champions and countless winners on the European Tour. 

From a starting point of only one significant over 50s event - the PGA Seniors Championship - the European Senior Tour comprises a schedule of 14 tournaments throughout Europe and beyond in 2017, as the boundaries of the game continue to be reshaped.

The introduction, in 1987, of the Senior Open Championship and a Neil Coles victory over five former

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Open champions, led two years later to more than 60 professionals calling for a European Senior Tour to be formally structured. 

In 2003, the Senior Open Championship was officially recognised as a Senior Major, incorporated into the European Senior Tour and PGA TOUR Champions schedules. Swift progress through the nineties produced one of the most impressive success stories in the 20th century’s final decade of sport. Tournaments were staged in ten countries and on three different continents during 2016, while a Qualifying School is employed to identify each season’s new intake.

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July 19, 2017

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Abergele's Owen Warwick made the most of home advantage to win the U14 age group at the fourth Ping Welsh Junior Tour event of the season.

He won with a fine score of 41 stableford points, so guaranteeing himself a place in the end of season Tour Final.

Charlie McKinney, also from Abergele, was the runner up with 40 points, edging Caernarfon’s Osian Jones into third place on a countback.

Nia Cameron-Smith from Padeswood & Buckley was the leading girl player, whilst junior tour regular Josh Chamberlain continued his good form with a sixth place finish to strengthen his position at the top of the Order of Merit table.

Ethan Langley from Rhondda scored 62 points to win the under 12s age group. Josh Westcott made the long trip from Ashburnham worthwhile by finishing 2nd with a score of 59, with Bargoed’s Ryan Williams in third, also with 59 points.

The U12s Order of Merit is wide open with Westcott and Williams tying at the top and Ethan Langley just a couple of points behind. All three players are due to play in the final event of the season at Lakeside Garthmyl so an exciting finish is in prospect.

The best scoring of the day was to be found in the U10s with Aaron Mohun from Wrexham and William Pontin from Rhondda both scoring an exceptional 64 points.

By virtue of a better score over the last 6 holes, Aaron took the honours on this occasion with Clays’ Charlie Boys in third with 60 points. William’s outstanding form this season has guaranteed him top place in the U10s Order of Merit Table.

Reuben Baker from Llandrindod Wells continues to lead the way in the U8s category, recording his second win of the season.

Hawarden’s Isaiah Flewitt enjoyed a successful Tour debut with 50 points and second place ahead of Caernarfon’s Jac Green. Reuben takes a strong Order of Merit points lead into the final event of the season.

Ashton Bradbury, chairman of the Golf Union of Wales Championships Committee, said, “We have had a tremendous day at Abergele and our thanks go to the club for hosting the event.

“The Ping Welsh Junior Tour is designed to give young players a taste of competitive but fun golf and we are delighted that so many players and their families have chosen to support the events.

“We very much look forward to the next event at Lakeside Garthmyl Golf Club and then, in the autumn, the Tour Final at the St Pierre Marriot Hotel and Country Club.”


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July 19, 2017

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Three members of Wales' European Nations Cup winning team will be at Aberdovey at the end of July to contest this year’s Welsh Amateur Championship.

Jack Davidson, Owen Edwards and Joshua Davies all head a strong field which includes defending champion Zach Galliford, 2014 winner Evan Griffith and fellow Welsh Internationals Lee Jones, Ben Chamberlain, Tim Harry and Tom Williams.

Richard Dixon, chief executive of the Golf Union of Wales, said, “The top of the men’s game in Wales is stronger than it has been for many years as highlighted by some great results this season.

“I am delighted to see so many of our best players competing in this year’s Welsh Amateur Championship at one of the best courses in Wales. It is all set up for an exciting week of golf.”

This is the tenth time the Welsh Amateur will have been played at Aberdovey, which was the original host of the championship in its first recorded playing in 1895.

David Wilson, championship manager for the GUW, added, “This is a tremendous event.

“With only 32 players going through from the stroke play qualifying to the match play stage, the players are under real pressure to perform well from the start.

“Once in to the match play anything can happen and the course lends itself ideally to some exciting games.”

Aberdovey is no stranger to hosting top level amateur events. In addition to hosting the Welsh Amateur on a number of occasions, it is the home of the Welsh Seniors Championship and will be hosting the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship in 2018.

Aberdovey Golf Club manager Gareth Pritchard said, “We very much look forward to welcoming all the competitors to Aberdovey. The course is in superb condition and will provide an ideal challenge for these top level players.”

The stroke play qualifying starts on Monday 31st July with the match play section beginning on Wednesday 2nd August culminating in the 36 hole final on the Friday.

Visitors are welcome to watch some of the best amateur golfers in Wales compete to become the Welsh Amateur Champion for 2017.


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WILLIAM MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW AT PING WELSH JUNIOR TOUR Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales William makes if three in a row at PING Welsh Junior Tour

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William Pontin continued his exceptional start to the season following up Ping Welsh Junior Tour wins at Parc and Mold in the Under 10s age group with a third straight win at Carmarthen.

Golf Union of Wales Championship Manager David Wilson said, “I have to congratulate William on his performance, 61 points at Carmarthen is an exceptional score and to win three events in a row is a testament to just how well he is playing.”

Dion Regan and George Coombs from Cilgwyn and The Glamorganshire respectively enjoyed second and third place finishes, whilst fourth place for Builth Wells’ Thomas Edwards was good enough to hold on to second place in the U10s Order of Merit table.

The U14s enjoyed a day of tremendous scoring with Lottie Raymond from Llanwern scoring 42 stableford points to edge out Zak Baker by a single point.

Junior Tour newcomer Theo Bailey from Glynhir enjoyed a great day with 39 points and third place. Another consistent performance from Josh Chamberlain was enough to ensure that he retains top spot in the Order of Merit table with two events to go.

However, the highlight of the day went to Archie James from Pennard with a hole in one at the 122 yard 9th hole.

The U12s Order of Merit is wide open with seven players within 3 points of each other after the first three events of the season.

Ryan Williams from Bargoed leads the way following a seventh place finish at Carmarthen to add to his runner up position at Parc earlier in the season.

Hot on his heels are Josh Westcott from Ashburnham and Pyle & Kenfig’s Brodi Lewis who took second place at Carmarthen. Kian Orford, playing in his first Junior Tour event of the season, put himself in the mix with a fine 57 points to claim the honours at the Carmarthen event.

Archie Weeks from Blackwood claimed the U8s category with 57 points followed by Harry Edwards from Builth Wells with 53 in second, just a point ahead of Tomas Carlson from Milford Haven.

Harry’s consistent start to the season, with two runners up positions and a third place, takes him to the top of the Order of Merit Table, a point ahead of Reuben Baker from neighbouring Llandrindod Wells.

Wilson added, “Carmarthen Golf Club has again been a great host to this event and we are genuinely grateful to the club’s members for allowing us the use of the course and facilities.

“It has been tremendous to see so many young players and their families enjoy their day at the Junior Tour.

“We very much look forward to the next two events at Abergele and Lakeside Garthmyl before moving on to the Tour Final at the St Pierre Marriot Hotel and Country Club in the Autumn.”


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2017 Ladies and Girls Home International Teams selected Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales  

The team below has been selected to represent Wales in the Ladies Home Internationals to be held at Little Aston Golf Club, England on the 9 – 11 August 2017

Alice Barnes

Olivia Kelly

Georgia Lewis

Megan Lockett

Bethan Morris

Kath O’Connor

Jordan Ryan

Support staff: Chloe Rogers, Paul Williams, Gillian O’Leary, Zach Gould, Charlotte Williams


The team below has been selected to represent Wales in the Girls Home Internationals to be held at Little Aston Golf Club, England on the 9 – 11 August 2017

Lea Anne Bramwell

Caitlin Evans Brand

Ffion Evans

Lucy Jones

Ffion Tynan

Ffion Vineall

Carys Worby 

Support staff: Chris Rossiter, Paul Williams, Gillian O’Leary, Zach Gould, Charlotte Williams

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July 2, 2017.

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A retired investment manager, who has done his golf career back-to-front, got a birthday present a day late by winning the Welsh Open Seniors Championship title at Maesdu in North Wales.

England international Ian Crowther, who is a member at Open Championship venue Royal Lytham and St Annes, had birdies at 16 and 17 in the final round to thank for coming through the field on the final day to claim his biggest win.

Morlais Castle's Michael Gwyther was the top placed Welsh competitor, tied fifth, while Nigel Evans from St Mellons was 10th.

“This is my first national title so I am very happy, I am over the moon to have won the Welsh Open,” said Crowther, who celebrated his 59th birthday after a tough second round of 78 in windy conditions.

“I was joint leader after the first round, but then the second round blew everyone away and I dropped back, but two under on a blustery day at Maesdu proved enough in the third round. It was my birthday on the second day and that was my worst round.

“It was a tough week in the wind and the rain, but the camaraderie of the seniors and the quality of the golf course made it fantastic.

“The green staff did a great job and I would like to thank everybody at the club and the Golf Union of Wales for an event which was run extremely well.

“It is my first senior open championship after finishing second at the Spanish and third in the Portugese.

“I have done my golf the opposite way round to most people. I came back to golf after starting a business and having a family and got to scratch for the first time when I was 40, then +1 at 41 and have been around there ever since.

“It means maybe I have a different way of looking at the game. I joined the seniors three years ago and they are a great bunch of guys and the standard is really high.”

England's MH Stone and Ian Attoe were second and third, part of a strong English showing at the event on the North Wales coast.

“Congratulations to Ian on a fine last round which was enough to win the title,” said Golf Union of Wales championships manager.

“Congratulations also to everyone at the Maesdu club who helped put on such a good event. The course was challenging but fair and in good condition, the seniors really enjoyed playing there and there were a lot of positive comments.”


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Newport made it a hat-trick of wins in the Clogau Gold Ladies Team Championship, appropriately equalling the record of Southerndown after beating them in a close fought final.

Welsh Ladies Amateur champion Lauren Hillier sank the winning putt for her team, after taking her match against Wales international Georgia Lewis to extra holes, with a series of tight matches going the way of the Gwent club.

Newport have now contested six of the last seven finals, losing twice to Southerndown as the Vale of Glamorgan club compiled their hat-trick from 2012-2014, with a strong core of players central to that success at the Vale of Llangollen.

The team this year saw the return of Hillier, Jordan Ryan, Emma Miller, Cerys Jenkins and Ffion Vineall, with Jessica Gabriel joining them in reserve. Southerndown's team was led by Lewis, with Amy Rees, Alaitz Zubikarai, Helen Calvert and Bethan Parker.

It was also the first year of sponsorship from Welsh gold firm Clogau, with a pop up shop of jewellery proving popular, while Ladies European Tour star Amy Boulden was on hand to present the prizes as the company's ambassador.

“The final was nail-biting,” admitted Newport captain Judith Wenman in her last year in the role.

“Emma won 2 and 1, then Jordan by one hole. Lauren was one down with two to play in the top match, but took it to the extra hole and sank the winning putt for the team at the 19th after getting up and down from a bunker.

“The final was a joy to watch, the standard of golf was outstanding. We had the youngest team by far, they work hard and get on well as a team which also helps to attract good players to the club.

“We have won this three times in a row as Southerndown did before us, but this is the first time we have beaten them in the final after losing to them twice in their run.”

Newport had a comfortable journey to the final with wins over Wenvoe Castle, Pyle and Kenfig, Royal St David's and Mold, with some dominant performances.

Southerndown beat Wrexham 3-2 in the semi-final, following more comfortable wins over Rhuddlan, Aberdovey and Radyr. Rhuddlan went on to win the Clogau Golf Ladies Team Plate for clubs knocked out in the first round, beating Llanwern in the final.

“It was a fantastic event, very well organised, it was great to be involved and it was fantastic to have Amy there as an ambassador for us,” admitted Andrew Mortimer of Clogau Gold.

“The teams appreciated having her presenting the prizes and they were particularly delighted to be getting jewellery.

“It was a little different with the pop up shop which was well supported by the players and families. We had a couple of nice comments, for instance Langland Bay will be hosting next year and they hope we will be there.

“It was a good experience for us, it was the two best teams in the final and it was nip and tuck all the way.”

Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson added, “Congratulations to Newport on another really strong performance and claiming the title three years in a row takes some doing.

“Thanks must also go to the Vale of Llangollen who put on a superb event, the course was in great condition but also tested the players while allowing for some great play.

“Thanks to Clogau Gold who proved to be an extremely popular sponsor, not just through the shop opened on site for the championships but also the prizes and having Amy there on the Sunday. It all helped to lift this year's event.

“Finally thanks to all the clubs who took part. With the Plate being brought in last year it means that every club gets at least two matches, while Rhuddlan were able to claim that title after facing Southerndown in their opener.”

Next year's Welsh Ladies Team Championships will be held at Langland Bay near Swansea.


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June 15, 2017.

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Newport’s Andrew Williams will be aiming to become only the second player to defend his Welsh Open Seniors’ title when the championship tees off at Maesdu golf club at the end of June.

The Wales Seniors international won the event at his home club last year, but will be up against  another strong entry of 140 players aged 55 and over, of whom more than 20 play off scratch or better.

Previous winners playing  include Wales’ Glyn Rees and John Jermine, whilst 2015 winner Michael Mercier has again made the trip from the USA.

David Wilson the Golf Union of Wales championships manager said, “This is an event we look forward to every year.

The strength of the field seems to grow year on year and we are delighted to see so many international players here this week.

Maesdu golf club has regularly attracted top level events over the years and it is easy to see why. The course will provide a good and fair test for these elite level senior players.”

Heading up a strong English entry is Stephen East, winner of the 2016 English Seniors’ Order of Merit and runner-up in this event last year.

He is joined by Ian Attoe, currently lying first in this year’s Order of Merit, and a host of English Senior internationals including Alan Mew, David Nelson, Ian Crowther and Mark Stones.

All of Wales’ 2016 Home Internationals team are playing in the championship, including Wenvoe Castle’s Nick Grimmitt who enters the event in fine form having just won the Irish Open Seniors’ Championship at County Tipperary Golf Club.

Maesdu club captain Stephen Williams said, “We are very much looking forward to hosting the Welsh Open Seniors Championship.

Our championship course ideally lends itself to top level amateur events such as this and we look forward to welcoming all the players and their supporters to Maesdu.”

The entire field will play 36 holes over the first two days (28th/29th June) before being cut to the top 45 and ties for the last round to take place on Friday 30th June. The leaders are expected to start their final round at around mid-day.

Visitors are welcome to watch some of the best senior players in Britain compete for the Welsh Open Seniors title.


For more information contact Hamish Stuart,

Golf Union of Wales Media Manager.

Phone - 07914 873451

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Former teacher Paul Bloomfield came top the class at the Welsh Seniors at Aberdovey, coming through a play-off to win the title.

Bloomfield, from Cardiff and a former PE teacher at Bishop of Llandaff school, won the play-off against Glamorganshire's Brian Rigby after thinking he had missed out and putting his clubs back in the car to prepare for the presentation.

“I knew I was behind the leading players at the start of the last round, so when I had a 77 I thought that was it,” said the 64-year-old, now retired and based at the Kingdown club near Bath having been a member of Whitchurch in Cardiff.

“I crossed the railway track at Aberdovey and put my clubs back in the car when someone shouted to say I was in a play-off, so I put my stuff back on and came back to play.

“I had a good first round when Aberdovey was the most benign I have ever known it in seven visits there, the greens were rolling beautifully and I love the course – I think it is one of the best to play anywhere.

“In perfect conditions it inspires you to play well and I did play good golf in the first round. It was still benign conditions in the second round, but I did not play so well, then in the third round the wind blew – it felt stronger that the 24mph predicted by the weather forecasters.

“In the play-off then, I hit a perfect drive and Brian was unlucky to go into the bunker, he went for the green and caught the lip and I ended up having three putts for it.

“This win is right up there for me, I have never won a Welsh title before. I came close when I was younger, reaching the semi-final and quarter-finals in the Welsh Amateur years ago.

“I also won the Glamorganshire county championship a couple of times when the likes of Stephen Dodd and Phil Price were still amateurs, so those were the highlights of my career before this.”

Next up for the new Welsh Seniors champion is the Welsh Seniors Open at Maesdu at the end of the month, while as a Wales Seniors international he is also looking forward to the British Seniors at Sunningdale later in the summer.

Rigby was second after a third round 80, while Kingsley Evans of Vale of Llangollen and Jeffrey Thomas of Royal Porthcawl finished in joint third place one shot further back.

“There were contrasting conditions at Aberdovey so the top players had to make the most of the sunshine and then hold things together when it got tougher and the wind blew,” said Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson.

“Congratulations to Paul for managing to do just that as the event went into a play-off.

“Aberdovey was in fantastic condition for the event, it was both a pleasure for the competitors to play and a challenge. Our thanks go to all involved for helping us to put on such a successful championship.”

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England's Max Martin led from start to finish to claim the Welsh Open Youths title at Prestatyn, pipping North Wales challenger Tom Williams by a single shot.

Martin won the US Kids golf at the age of 10 and the European Under 13's championship, but this was his biggest win coping with the pressure of leading in all four rounds with Wrexham's Williams hot on his heels.

Ladbrook Park's Martin opened with a 64, matched by 2015 winner Williams in his second round, while a third round 69 meant a fourth round score of 77 was just enough to keep the Englishman ahead on -8, while the Wales international had a closing 72 to finish one shot back.

Welshman Matt Roberts, of The Vale Resort, was tied third along with Worksop's Reece Samson. Aberdovey's Tomos Jones was tied eight and Ashburnham's Aled Gravelle tied 11th in a strong showing for home players in the strong field.

“The first round came as a bit of a surprise to me, but it is a brilliant course with superb greens in exceptional condition,” said 19-year-old Martin, praising the Prestatyn host venue.

“Then a 69 in the third round meant I did not want to make any high numbers in the afternoon, but bogeys at 14, 15 and 16 were not part of the plan.

“Tom is not really the person you want chasing you and I knew from the weather forecast the last round would be a bit of a battle with the wind, but any time you can shoot -8 you are always giving yourself a chance of winning the tournament.

“I won the US Kids at ten and the European Championships under 13's, but this is my biggest win – I have been a bit quiet since then and doing it at 19 is a lot different.

“I will try to get into the Walker Cup in the next couple of years, this win helps push me up the world rankings which will help.”

Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson also congratulated traditional links course at Prestatyn for hosting the event.

“It was great to see such a strong Welsh challenge with Tom Williams in particular pushing hard to try to regain the title he won two years ago, but it was also great to see the condition of the course and the level of the challenge at Prestatyn,” he said.

“The players were full of praise for the course and it is one of the venues in Wales we can always rely on to put on a great event.”


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Ladies European Tour star Amy Boulden will present the prizes for the top ladies teams in Wales, as part of the new backing of Welsh firm Clogau Gold.

The draw for the Clogau Gold Welsh Ladies Team Championships was also announced today (Tuesday) with defending champions Newport up against last year's hosts Wenvoe Castle in the first round when the event tees off at the Vale of Llangollen golf club from June 22nd to 25th.

This year's hosts Vale of llangollen will face Aberdovey in the first round, while the pick of the opening ties could be Radyr against Ashburnham with both clubs among the strong teams entered in the event.

Full details of the draw are on the Golf Union of Wales website.

Clogau will provide the special golden prizes, as well as having a pop up shop at the Vale of Llangollen for players, caddies, family and supporters to look and buy with discounts available during the tournament.

It is the largest ladies team competition in Welsh golf with regional qualifying leading to national finals, while leading Welsh company Clogau are getting involved for the first time - though they already support golf development in Wales and also sponsor Boulden.

As a result the former LET rookie of the year will be on hand to present the prizes and also help to inspire the next generation of Welsh ladies golfers.

It is the same format as last year with 32 teams and the first round losers going into a plate competition,” said Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson.

However the involvement of Clogau as the main sponsor will raise the profile of one of our most popular events.

Also it will be great to have someone like Amy on hand to present the prizes. Apart from her outstanding amateur career and smooth transition to the professional ranks, she also is an ambassador for Golf Development Wales putting something back into the game.

The fact she is also sponsored by Clogau makes for a perfect combination for this event, which continues to go from strength to strength.”

Newport won last 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.

 Link to draw here


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LAUREN LANDS WELSH AMATEUR TITLE Tue, 30 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT Golf Union Wales Newport's Lauren Hillier claimed the Welsh Ladies Amateur title at the third attempt, triumphing in testing conditions in Wrexham golf club.

Winning the Welsh title was the biggest win so far for the 34-year-old, who had competed in the English Closed Championship and then had to wait to play for Wales with the qualification period being reduced from 10 years to five.

She beat Alice Barnes of West Sussex four and three in the final as a reward for a week of consistent play.

“This is certainly my biggest ever win, it's absolutely brilliant and better than I expected,” said Hillier, who lost in the final last year.

“I just played consistent golf, hitting fairways and greens and concentrating on the next shot. Wrexham is the sort of course that if you can get ahead and keep playing consistently then that puts pressure on your opponent.

“Newport have won the Welsh Ladies Team Championships three of the last four years and I have been part of those teams, so playing match play in that pressure certainly helped coming into these matches.

“I am the mother of a five-year-old so I am certainly kept busy off the course, but this is a big confidence boost and I hope it can push me on to play some really good golf.”

Defending champion Kath O'Connor had topped the scoring from the stroke play stages in tough conditions at Wrexham, with Hillier qualifying for the knockout stages in tied sixth and Barnes in fifth.

Newport's Jordan Ryan beat O'Connor at the quarter-final stage before herself being beaten by Barnes by one hole in the semi-finals, meaning it would not be a final contested between club teammates.

Hillier made smooth progress through the knockout stages beating Yelverton's Caitlin Evans-Brand in the last 16, Ashburnham's Nia Greville in the quarter-finals, and Erewash Valley's Olivia Kelly in the semi-final.

“Congratulations to Lauren, one of our experienced Wales internationals and she used that to good effect to play well all week,” said Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson.

“Wrexham provided a really good test for the players with windy conditions making scoring difficult, but the course was in superb condition for the event and all the players enjoyed the challenge.”

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Two Welsh golfers have been picked for the first time in the Great Britain and Ireland team for the Junior Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe.


Carys Worby from Newport Sands in Pembrokeshire and Ffion Tynan from Minchinhampton have been picked by the R and A in the six girl Under 16 team to play in the match which runs parallel to the women’s competition at Golf Club Bogogno in Italy on 30 June and 1 July.


“This is great news, the first time two Welsh girls have been picked for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match and a fantastic opportunity for Carys and Ffion,” said Golf Union of Wales director of performance Gillian O'Leary, “I am delighted for the girls and the team around them as they have worked incredibly hard to achieve this and it is good to see this being recognised and rewarded.


“It is vital to have these players coming through the system and getting ready to step up, this opportunity to play with the best players of their age in Great Britain and Ireland and against the Continent of Europe will be a huge stepping stone in their development.”


Wrexham's Chloe Williams, who is now playing professionally on the Ladies Access Tour, was picked in the Junior Vagliano Trophy team in the past, but Wales have never had two players in the team before.

Claire Coughlan-Ryan continues in her role as captain of the Under-16 team, who lost narrowly in Northern Ireland two years ago.


“I look forward to working with a talented group of young golfers and trying to win the Junior Vagliano Trophy for the first time against the Continent of Europe,” she said.


There are no Welsh players in the Vagliano Trophy team with four Irish and four English players, led by world amateur number one ranked Leona Maguire.


The Junior Vagliano Trophy takes the form of three junior foursomes each morning and six junior singles matches each day.


For scoring and reports from the matches please visit


If you are attending the match please download our spectator information guide at


The six player GB&I team for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match is:

Sarah Byrne (Douglas)

Euphemie Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow)

Annabell Fuller (Roehampton)

Ffion Tynan (Minchinhampton)

Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland)

Carys Worby (Newport Sands)


First reserve

Caitlin Whitehead (Kendal)

Second reserve

Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)


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(For free to use pictures of Welsh Open Stroke Play winner Gian-Marco Petrozzi at the Vale Resort, please download from following link )

England's Gian-Marco Petrozzi enjoyed the biggest win of his career at the Welsh Open Stroke Play at the Vale Resort, with a strong showing from Wales players as three finished in the top seven.

20-year-old Petrozzi hopes the win can be the springboard for a challenge for a place in the Walker Cup, while Welsh Walker Cup squad members Jack Davidson and Owen Edwards pushed their claims finishing third and fourth respectively.

Vale member Tim Harry showed a welcome return to form with a tied fifth finish, but it was Petrozzi who led from start to finish as he built on an opening 66 to finish nine shots clear of fellow Englishman Jack Gaunt.

Davidson would have been challenging for the home win but for a second round 80, after a start to the season which has already seen him claim the European Nations Cup and Spanish Amateur titles.

“This is a special win for me, the biggest of my career so far and hopefully will help towards my aspiration of getting into the Walker Cup team,” said Petrozzi, who finished on 13 under par.

“I felt comfortable all week, the first round put me in a good position and I could just play solidly from then hitting fairways and greens.”

The Trentham player was not named in the wider Walker Cup squad, but he is taking encouragement from Davidson and Ireland's Robin Dawson who were added to the selection after their strong performances at the European Nations Cup.

“I have definitely taken some inspiration from from both of them, they have had a cracking start to the season and obviously I am trying to follow in their footsteps and force my way in,” he said.

“Hopefully a week like this will be eye-catching. I have enjoyed playing at the Vale, it is a great golf course.

“We play a lot of links golf so it is different for us, but is is great to be rewarded for good shots and punished for bad shots so it is fantastic to play a course like this.”

The Welsh Open Stroke Play attracted a strong field, including competitors from as far afield as Australia, South Africa and the United States, as well as a large Home Nations contingent.

“It was good to see such a strong competition and congratulations to Gian-Marco for coming through to win comfortably in the end,” said Golf Union of Wales championships manager David Wilson.

“It was also nice to see three Welsh competitors challenging strongly and finishing so high up on the leaderboard.

“The Vale Resort put on a great event and the players were delighted with the quality of the course and the challenge they faced.”


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May 22, 2017.

(For free to use picture, please download from following link . Caption: Winner Nick Grimmitt (Wales) pictured with Hugh Smyth (Mourne, Winner over 65), John Mitchell (Tramore, Runner Up) and Donald McCart (England, Winner over 70) at the Irish Seniors Amateur Open Championship at County Tipperary GC - image courtesy of Cashman Photography )

Welsh golfer Nick Grimmitt captured the Irish Seniors Amateur Open at Co Tipperary, thanks to a late birdie bliltz which sent him surging through the field.

He had a final round 71 which was one of only two sub-par rounds all week and helped the Wenvoe Castle player overcome a four shot deficit, including three birdies in his last five holes.

Having turned in 37, two over, four birdies and one bogey on the back nine took Grimmitt to a three-round total of 223, plus seven, which won by one shot from Tramore's John Mitchell.

Mitchell, who was at the head of affairs from day one, could have forced a playoff with a closing par but his six-footer caught the lip and stayed out.

Grimmitt made four birdies on the back nine, beginning with a four at the 11th. He then made three in four holes from the 14th, which put him in the clear. Like Mitchell, he bogeyed 18, but his was not as costly.

When the home challenger failed to get up and down at his 72nd hole, the title was Grimmitt's. Mitchell had to settle for second. England's Douglas Cameron finished a shot further back in third.



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