The potential of youth was underlined once again at the Principality Junior Wales Open when the overall title was won by Arrun Singh-Brar who, at the age of 14, beat boys four years his senior to claim the overall trophy.
Competing in the Under-15 age group, Singh-Brar shot a superb round of 74, three over par, on the Twenty Ten Course to win by three shots from Jack Duncalf with the just-crowned Welsh Boys’ Champion Kyle Harman a shot further back.
An England Boys International and last year’s England Under-16 Schools champion, Singh-Brar is accustomed to golfing success having won a Wee Wonders title at St Andrews within months of picking up a club for the first time at the age of five.
The scratch handicapper said: “The Principality Junior Wales Open is a great tournament and I’m delighted to have won such a prestigious trophy.
“I actually won the Under-13 Junior Wales Open title on the Roman Road course when I was 10 so I’m used to competing against older boys and really enjoy trying to raise my game.”
Singh-Brar, from Hampshire, wins a year’s honorary membership at The Twenty Ten Club and there were prizes from Welsh golf merchandise company Asbri for 12 winners in all in Under-18, Under-15 and Under-13 age categories.
Ashburnham’s Nia Greville followed up her success in winning the Welsh Girls’ Championship just three days before by claiming the overall girls’ title in the Principality Junior Wales Open with a round of 77.
“It’s been an amazing few days,” said the three-handicapper from Ashburnham. “Apart from a few holes of practice the day before, it was the first time I’d played the Twenty Ten Course so I was delighted to win.
“I just tried to continue my good form from the Welsh Girls’ Championship and keep patient because it’s a tricky course, probably the toughest I’ve played. It’s my last year as a junior so these two titles have been a nice way to sign off.”
Pyle & Kenfig’s Ella Griffiths was second with 79 and also scooped the Under-18 girls’ best nett prize with a 75 once her handicap of four had been deducted. Other winners included Kurtis Wara, of the Ridgeway Club near Caerphilly, who won the Under-15 nett score prize and Carmarthen's Iestyn McAvoy, who won the Under-13 Stableford competition.
Title sponsor Principality Building Society and The Celtic Manor Resort are proud to be building on the legacy of Wales’ first Ryder Cup with a competition which hopes to foster future champions to follow in the footsteps of Welsh Ryder Cup heroes like Phil Price and Ian Woosnam, and Solheim Cup star Becky Brewerton.
Emphasising the next generation theme, Price’s 12-year-old son Edward was one of the prize-winners, finishing fourth in the Under-13 Stableford competition after winning an earlier qualifying event on Celtic Manor’s Roman Road course in March.
In all, more than 300 junior golfers entered five qualifying competitions with other preliminary events taking place at Radyr, Langland Bay, Builth Wells and Royal St David’s, Harlech.
U18 Boys: Gross: Jack Duncalf (Sandiway) 77, Nett: Joseph Hillard (The Kendleshire) 84-11-73
U18 Girls: Gross: Nia Grevillie (Ashburnham) 77. Nett: Ella Griffiths (Pyle&Kenfig) 79-4-75
U15: Gross (and Overall Champion): Arrun Singh-Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) 74. Runner-up: Joe Lukaris (Creigiau) 84.
U15: Nett: Kurtis Wara (Ridgeway) 86-9-77. Runner-up: Ben Jones (Glyn Abbey) 93-15-78.
U13: Stableford: 1 Iestyn Mcavoy (Carmarthen) 41pts, 2 Tom Peet (Pyle & Kenfig) 37pts, 3 James Hill (Rhondda) 31pts, 4 Edward Price (Newport) 31pts.