30 July 2015

Fifteen-year-old Nathan Moore wins Principality crown

Young golfer beats rivals three years his senior at Celtic Manor.

The potential of youth was underlined once again at the Principality Junior Wales Open when the overall title was won by Nathan Moore who, at the age of 15, beat boys and girls three years his senior to claim the overall trophy.

Competing in the Under-15 age group, Moore shot a superb round of 74, just three over par, to win by a single stroke from Matthew Harris and claim a year’s honorary membership of the Twenty Ten Course where the final was played.

A Gloucestershire county player playing off a handicap of four, Moore is a member of the Long Ashton club in Bristol which has produced European Tour star Chris Wood.

“This is the biggest tournament I’ve ever won,” said Moore. “I enter a lot of junior tournaments but have only won once before outside of my own club and this is a much bigger event.

“The Twenty Ten is a really nice course and the greens are pure. I managed to roll in a couple of putts early on and that got me off to a good start. I was just aiming to win the Under-15 competition at the start of the day so to win the whole thing is fantastic.”

As well as his Celtic Manor club membership, Moore and all 12 age category prize winners on the day won golf bags from Welsh golf merchandise company Asbri.

Another 15-year-old, Ffion Evans, travelled from her home club of Newport, Pembrokeshire, to the other Newport and Celtic Manor and beat the boys in mixed competition to win the best Under-18 nett score category with a 74, once her handicap of seven had been deducted.

Evans said: “I come to Celtic Manor quite often for training with the South Wales regional squad but this was the first time I’ve ever played the Twenty Ten Course. The greens were much quicker than I am used to but I got the pace of them pretty quickly and drove the ball well.”

Overall runner-up Harris, of Cardiff’s St Mellons club, had the consolation of winning the Under-18 gross score category by three shots from Tenby’s Luke Harries.

Conwy’s Shauna Lyons was runner-up in the Under-15 nett competition with a round of 71 and Carmarthen’s Sean Hazelby was runner-up in the Under-13 stableford category with 36 points.

Title sponsor 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, Phil Price and Jamie Donaldson, and Solheim Cup star Becky Brewerton.

In all, more than 300 junior golfers entered five qualifying competitions which took place during the Easter holidays at Builth Wells, Vale of Llangollen, Langland Bay, the Vale Resort and Celtic Manor’s Roman Road course.

Prize Winners
  • U18 Gross: 1 Matthew Harris (St Mellons) 75, 2 Luke Harries (Tenby) 78.
  • U18 Nett: 1 Ffion Evans (Newport, Pembs) 74, 2 Trey Niven (The Shropshire) 76.
  • U15 Gross: 1 (and Overall Champion) Nathan Moore (Long Ashton) 74, 2 Harrison King (Straddon Heights) 78.
  • U15 Nett: 1 Luke Thompson (Lee Park) 67, 2 Shauna Lyons (Conwy) 71.
  • U13: 1 Jack Edwards (Horsehay Village) 37pts, 2 Sean Hazelby (Carmarthen) 36pts, 3 Darcey Harry (The Vale) 35pts, 4 Jack Muir (Styal) 32pts.

Published: 30/07/2015