Champ Amy Shows The Way

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The Principality 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.

This year’s 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). 

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