Tour Star Rhys Davies Calls On Next Generation

Posted at 04:03 on 29 March 2012

European Tour star Rhys Davies has lent his support to the Principality Junior Wales Open as the competition returns to Celtic Manor in 2012, aiming to develop the next generation of golfing talent.

Wales’ premier junior golf tournament starts with five regional qualifying events across Wales in April and Davies will make a special guest appearance at August’s grand final played over Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course, which provided such a dramatic stage for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Principality Building Society and The Celtic Manor Resort are both 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 Ian Woosnam and Phillip Price, and Solheim Cup star Becky Brewerton.

Davies came close to following in their footsteps in 2010 when he won the Trophée Hassan II and finished runner-up in the Madrid Masters and the Wales Open at Celtic Manor during his rookie season on the European Tour. The former Walker Cup star from Bridgend harbours ambitions of making the team in the future and believes competitions like the Principality Junior Wales Open are a great way to develop the next generation.

“The Principality Junior Wales Open has introduced many young golfers to the big tournament stage,” said Davies, a former British Boys champion.

“When I was a junior, the buzz of playing in the bigger events and trying to beat your peers had a massive impact on the development of my game. It’s great to see today’s young golfers getting this sort of opportunity in Wales and I’m sure we will see some potential stars of the future emerge.” Last year’s relaunched Principality Junior Wales Open was won by scratch handicap Gwent county player Toby Hunt and the girls’ competition was won by Amy Boulden, who went on to earn Junior Solheim Cup honours for Europe later in the year.

Other former winners of a competition which first launched in 2002 have included Rhys Pugh who was the only player to win all three of his matches in last year’s Walker Cup victory over the Americans.

At the other end of the spectrum, golfers as young as 10 got their first taste of competition outside their own clubs in last year’s event which has separate Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 categories for both girls and boys.

Davies will take a break from his tournament schedule on the European Tour to meet the young finalists who will also enjoy an overnight stay at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort as a reward for qualifying for the event on August 20.

Wales’ premier junior golf tournament tees off with the first regional qualifier at Royal St David’s, Harlech on 4th April. Other preliminary events take place at Langland Bay (5th April), Builth Wells (11th April), Marriott St Pierre (12th April) and Radyr (13th April).

For an entry fee of £15, every competitor gets 18 holes of golf in the regional qualifier, a packed lunch and a goody bag of golfing merchandise from Welsh company Asbri, as well as the chance to bid for top prizes in the grand final.

Enter online or call Celtic Manor’s special events team on 01633 410318 for more information.

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