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Welsh Women to the Fore at Porthcawl
22nd June 2010

Wales will have a massive part to play when the best lady golfers in Europe face each other at Royal Porthcawl next week (from Friday 24th).

The Vagliano Trophy is being held between Great Britain and Ireland against the Continent of Europe for the best lady amateurs.  The top girls will also be in action with both GB and I teams captained by Welsh women.

With Amy Boulden spearheading the Vagliano Trophy team and Chloe Williams in the Girls line-up, all under the watchful gaze of the Ladies Golf Union's Welsh president Jill Edwards, there has never been such a dominant Welsh influence on such a major golf event.

Jill played to a high standard representing her country as a player and Captain on many occasions.  Her interest in golf has extended beyond playing the game she loves, and there are few jobs she hasn't turned her hand to over the years.  She has also been a selector, team captain, and team manager at both national and international level, while as an administrator she served as both Chairman and President of the Welsh Ladies' Golf Union and her outstanding contribution to golf in Wales was recognised in 2006, when she was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Tegwen Matthews captains the Vagliano Trophy team trying to regain the title, with Sue Turner in charge of the Girls for the first time this match has been played.

When she was appointed Tegwen said "I am thrilled and proud to have been invited to be the Great Britain and Ireland international team captain, I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. It is a great honour for me, my family and Welsh golf.

"Playing in GB&I teams, (Tegwen played in 4 Curtis Cups) was the pinnacle of my golfing career and to be invited to be captain is, without doubt, the greatest honour I could ever wish to achieve."

Sue Turner is already an experienced and successful Captain, she led the GB&I ladies team to victory in the Five Nations (former Commonwealth) Trophy match in South Africa in 2007, and more recently masterminded successive Home Internationals victories for Wales in 2008 and 2009.

Sue says "The introduction of a GB&I junior team is something that's been close to my heart for a number of years and I was absolutely delighted to be appointed captain for the first match."

"It is a fantastic compliment to Welsh golf that there are so many involved in key roles in such a big week, one of the biggest events in the year in Ladies amateur golf," said Golf Union of Wales Chief Executive Richard Dixon.

Llandudno/Maesdu's Boulden goes into the contest looking to maintain her strong streak of recent form, including a semi-final in the Ladies Amateur Championship and a good showing in the Astor Trophy against the best of the Commonwealth.

"I am pretty proud of the way I have been playing, though it was disappointing to go out in the semi-finals of the Amateur," said Boulden.

"I did not play as well in that game, I lost my rhythm a bit and my opponent made a few long putts, but overall I was pleased with my performance up against a very good field."

The Vagliano Trophy is one of a series of top events for Boulden - the Amateur Championship followed up by the Astor Trophy, the Vagliano Trophy, with the European Team Championships just around the corner.

"I won't be home for three weeks, but playing in these big events is good fun.  I thoroughly enjoyed my first GB&I experience in the Astor Trophy last week and I was delighted to have contributed to a great team win," she said.

"The next week is probably the biggest event this year in European golf."

That applies to all the Welsh involvement - at every level.


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