Welsh Ladies' Open Strokeplay Championship
Welsh contingent of Amy Boulden and Sam Birks interviewed after claiming 1st and 3rd place. To view please click here
Curtis Cup star Amy Boulden continued her strong start to the season with a first victory in the Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay Championship at the Vale of Glamorgan, helping Wales to the team title.
Fellow Welsh international Sam Birks was third to continue a strong showing for the home players, up against a strong field from all round the UK, Ireland and Europe. England's Alex Peters was second with Scot Jessica Meek fourth.
Conwy's Boulden grabbed a sensational eagle on the 15 th before also getting a crucial birdie on the 17 th to finish four shots clear on one under par round the challenging National Course at the Vale.
She helped clinch the team title for Wales with Chloe Williams coming 9 thand Becky Harries 15 th , maintaining a good Welsh record on home soil after Harries and Williams clinched a home one-two last year.
It continues an excellent start to the season for Welsh players with Boulden already having been in the winners circle at the Leverett Trophy, Williams getting team gold and individual bronze at the Australian Youth Olympics, Tim Harry lifting the Duncan Putter and Wales U18's winning the Cardigan Cup.
“It's been an excellent few days, the Golf Union have been great running the event, the course was in fantastic condition, and it was close coming down the back nine holes,” said Boulden.
“I knew we were all level coming up the par 5 fifteenth so I knew I had to make a birdie there. Me and Alex both hit it on the green, I managed to hole a big putt for eagle while she three putted for a par.
“Sam came back with a birdie at the next hole, but I managed to get a birdie on 17. The next big event for us is the Welsh closed at Nefyn so we are looking forward to that.”
Birks was delighted with her third place finish, her title challenge fading with a double bogey on the 15 th and a bogey on the 17 th , though birdies on the 14 th and 16 th helped her to third place, one shot behind Peters.
“I had a couple of birdies on the back nine and got it back level with Amy, then let it slip but got it back again with another birdie so it was close at the end,” said Davies.
Golf Union of Wales championship manager Rhys James was delighted with the Welsh success to top off a successful event.
“The National course at the Vale was in fantastic condition and the competitors really enjoyed playing round there,” he said.
“After watching the Welsh ladies compete so strongly against some of the best players from around the UK, Ireland and Europe, we are looking forward to the Welsh Closed Championships at Nefyn where competition will be hot at another fantastic venue."