Young golfers win their way to Principality final
A young Langland Bay golfer put his local knowledge to good use when he won his age category at a qualifying event for the Principality Junior Wales Open held at his home club.
Jon Littlemore won the Under-15 nett category with a fine score of 69 once his handicap of 28 had been deducted and now progresses to a final held on Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Ryder Cup course in July.
Aled Greville from Ashburnham won the Under-15 gross section with a winning round of 80 while Glynhir’s Josh Harris and Tenby’s Luke Harries took the two qualifying spots in the Under-18 nett category.
Sean Hazelby and Jamie Dean made it a Carmarthen Golf Club clean sweep in the Under-13 age group as they finished first and second with 40 and 38 points respectively. Cardigan’s Finn Pierpoint also went through at Langland Bay after finishing as runner-up in the Under-15 nett section.
At another qualifying event held at The Vale Resort, Morriston pair Dylan Evans and Henri Bowen both went through along with Lewis Mainwaring (Neath) and Dylan Thomas (Pontardawe).
Home advantage also came into play at Celtic Manor where Loui O’Brien won the Under-18 nett category with a fine score of 67 on the Roman Road Course once his handicap of 17 had been deducted.
One-handicapper Thomas Godfrey of Fulford Heath in the Midlands won the Under-18 gross section with a sensational two-under-par round of 68 while Ffion Evans from Pembrokeshire’s Newport Links and Ashley Croft from Essex were the successful Under-18 girl qualifiers.
They all progress, along with winners from two more events at Builth Wells and the Vale of Llangollen, to the final on Celtic Manor’s spectacular Twenty Ten Course on July 27. The final includes an overnight stay in the five-star resort where Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and company slept during the Ryder Cup and where, more recently, Barack Obama visited for last year’s NATO Summit.
Some 56 junior golfers in total will compete once again in Under-18, Under-15 and Under-13 age categories for the national title and top prizes from Welsh golf merchandise company Asbri at Celtic Manor.
Former winners of the Principality Junior Wales Open include Amy Boulden, the Maesdu and Conwy product who secured the Rookie of the Year title on the Ladies European Tour at the end of last year.