13 February 2015

Vale Resort joins Principality Junior Wales Open roster

The Principality Junior Wales Open returns this spring with the addition of a new qualifying venue at the prestigious Vale Resort.

The Vale Resort, which has played host to European Senior Tour and Challenge Tour events, will stage one of five Easter holiday qualifiers on its scenic Lake Course on Tuesday April 7.

It is the first time that The Vale Resort has been a qualifying venue for the tournament but the club has a proud history of developing top young golfers. Vale product Rhys Pugh won the Junior Wales Open title at the tender age of 14 and has gone on to win Walker Cup honours and be crowned European Amateur Champion.

Vale Resort Golf Operations Manager Clive Coombs said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Principality Junior Wales Open and I know the young competitors are going to enjoy the spectacular challenge of The Lake Course.

“We are committed to junior golf development at The Vale and I’m sure members of our own Junior Academy will be keen to enter. We look forward to welcoming other young golfers from all over South Wales.”    

Wales’ premier open junior golf tournament will feature four other regional qualifying events - at Builth Wells (March 31), Vale of Llangollen (April 1), Celtic Manor Roman Road (April 2) and Langland Bay (April 8). 

Entries are welcome from junior golfers from outside Wales as well as within the Principality and the 2015 tournament will once again include and encourage participation from disabled golfers playing under the R&A's Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities.

Successful junior qualifiers in Under-13, Under-15 and Under-18 age groups will then contest a summer grand final 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. 

Graeme Yorston, Group Chief Executive at Principality Building Society, said: “We’re delighted to continue sponsoring this competition and support the Celtic Manor Resort in developing the next generation of golfing talent.

“In 2011, our first year of sponsorship, we had Amy Boulden as the Principality Junior Wales Open girls’ champion and she has just been crowned the Ladies European Tour rookie of the year after a stellar amateur career which included winning the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland.

“We look forward to another exciting year of competition, starting during the Easter holidays on some of the finest courses in Wales.”

Golfers as young as 10 from all over the UK 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 Twenty Ten Course grand final on 27th July includes an overnight stay at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort.

For an entry fee of £20, 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 celtic-manor.com or call 01633 410318 for more information.

Published: 13/02/2015