Junior Wales Open returns this spring, hoping to unearth the champion golfers
of the future.
One golfer who has
already used the tournament as a vital stepping stone to the big time is Amy
Boulden, the young professional who was rookie of the year on the Ladies
European Tour in 2014.
Boulden, from the
Maesdu and Conwy golf clubs in North Wales, is a two-time overall girls’
champion at the Junior Wales Open and went on to win the Curtis Cup for Great
Britain & Ireland as an amateur before making the successful transition to
the pro ranks.
She won the Junior
Wales Open at the tender age of 14 back in 2007 before signing off her junior
career in style by regaining the crown when the competition was relaunched with
title sponsorship from Principality Building Society in 2011.
Principality Junior Wales Open features boys’ and girls’ competitions at
Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 age levels and tees off with five qualifying
events during the Easter holidays, including one in North Wales at the Vale of
Llangollen on 1st April. Boulden said:
It was definitely
the biggest tournament I’d ever won when I won the first time. It felt like a
really big event with the final including an overnight stay at Celtic Manor and
playing a tough golf course with faster and trickier greens than I was used to.
I think I started playing quite well that summer and just had a really good
round on the day to win the overall title.
Doubling Up: Amy Boulden with the girls' trophy, aged just 14 in 2007 (above) and teeing off on her way to another victory in 2011 (top image)
As a Junior Ryder
Cup appearance and senior international honours beckoned at an early age,
Boulden took a break from the competition before finding a gap in her schedule
to make the Junior Wales Open her final Under-18 event in 2011. She added:
It was a great way
to sign off my junior career. It was fantastic to get the
opportunity to play the Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor – I’d only ever played
10 holes on it before. The whole
tournament is really well staged and it was really pleasing to go back, stay at
Celtic Manor, which is a fantastic resort, and win the trophy again.
Less than a year
later, Boulden helped GB&I Ladies to their first win over the Americans in
the Curtis Cup since 1996 and ended her amateur career on a high by winning the
home internationals with Wales for a third time.
In her first season
as a pro in 2014, she won an access series event before recording three
top-five finishes on the main Ladies European Tour to finish 18th on
the Order of Merit and be crowned the leading rookie. A maiden win and the LPGA
Tour in America are the next targets and it would be no surprise if Boulden
continued her sensational progress.
For your chance to
follow in Boulden’s footsteps by competing in the Principality Junior Wales
Open, enter online here or call 01633 410318 for more information.
As well as the
Vale of Llangollen on 1st April, other qualifiers take place at at Builth Wells (31 March), Celtic Manor Roman
Road (2 April), Vale Resort Lake Course (7 April) and Langland Bay (8 April).