MOLD GETS WELSH GOLF JUNIORS AWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on 8 March 2017 at 12:00

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