Josh claims prestigious Duncan Putter

05 May 2015

Celtic Manor golfer Josh Davies claimed the best win of his career by winning the prestigious Duncan Putter at Southerndown Golf Club.

Davies has represented Wales through the age grades and won the Principality Junior Wales Open in 2012, but this was the best win of his senior amateur career.

Twenty Ten member Davies was one of only two players to break 70 on the challenging links course, his round of 69 laying the foundations for victory in tricky conditions.

Irishman Conor O'Rourke (Nass Golf Club) was a shot back of Davies in second place with Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick Golf Club), and defending champion Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon), in tied third.

Four of the top eight players were from Wales, with Conwy’s Evan Griffiths in third, Llanwern’s Owen Edwards and Southerndown’s Llew Matthews tied in sixth place.

Golf Union of Wales director of performance Ben Waterhouse said: "It’s great to see Josh winning the Duncan Putter, but in some ways it was even more encouraging to see the number of Wales players who were challenging at the top end of the leaderboard. The Duncan Putter always attracts a strong entry of the best players around the UK and Ireland, so such a strong home performance has got to be good."

Winner: Josh Davies - 291

Runner-up: Conor O'Rourke - 292

=3rd: Evan Griffiths, Jonathan Thomson, Jimmy Mullen - 294

=6th: Llew Matthews, Owen Edwards - 296

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