This year’s Principality Junior Wales Open will be bigger and better than ever following the announcement of a new two-year deal with the title sponsors and the addition of a fifth qualifying event at the prestigious Radyr Golf Club.
Radyr, described as a “little jewel” on the outskirts of Cardiff and designed by celebrated golf course architect Harry S Colt, will stage the last of five Easter holiday qualifiers on Friday 13th April 2012.
Wales’ premier junior golf tournament will feature four other regional qualifying events across Wales - at Royal St David’s, Harlech (4th April), Langland Bay (5th April), Builth Wells (11th April) and Marriott St Pierre (12th April).
Successful junior qualifiers in Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 age groups will then contest a grand final in August on The Twenty Ten Course, which hosted such a memorable Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in 2010.
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 Ian Woosnam and Phillip Price, and Solheim Cup star Becky Brewerton.
Graeme Yorston, Chief Operating Officer at Principality Building Society, said: “We are proud to support grass roots sport in Wales and we were delighted by the enthusiasm shown by the junior golfers participating when we became involved as title sponsors for the first time last year.
“It was a pleasure to walk around golf courses like Langland Bay and see youngsters relishing their first taste of national competition. The standard of golf produced by the champions at Celtic Manor was very impressive.
“We are pleased to announce we will be supporting the Principality Junior Wales Open for at least another two years, during which time we’re confident we’ll see more budding Welsh talent shine through.
New qualifying venue Radyr is also keen to support junior golf development and unearthed the Wales Amateur Champion of 2010 in club member Alastair Jones, who now captains his college team at Texas State University.
The club runs an academy programme every Sunday for all standards and has a number of Glamorgan county and Wales squad members within its junior ranks. “We are delighted that our challenging course will form a qualifying venue for the Principality Junior Wales Open,” said Radyr Golf Club Captain Ron Jones.
“It’s a great competition and the event here in April will provide the perfect start to a high-profile year of junior golf for Radyr as we also look forward to welcoming the Girls’ Home Internationals in August.”
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 was 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 had almost 400 junior entries. Winning a place in the final on a date to be confirmed for late August includes an overnight stay at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort.
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 at The ISPS Handa Wales Open website or call Celtic Manor’s special events team on 01633 410318 for more information.
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