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Gold for Chloe at Youth Olympics

21st January 2013


Wrexham's Chloe Williams has won one of the first golf Olympics gold medals

Wrexham's Chloe Williams has won one of the first golf Olympics gold medals for more than 100 years at the Australian Youth Olympics Festival in Sydney.

She added to team gold with GB with an individual bronze medal in an impressive weekend for Welsh golf, with Jamie Donaldson claiming his second major European title in a few months at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Williams had a closing round of 68, sharing the best score of the day, to push her way up the leaderboard into the medal positions, finishing four shots behiond England's Georgia Hall, a Team GB colleague, who claimed the gold medal.

Australia's Celina Yuan claimed silver to make it a remarkable family double with her brother Kevin winning the boys event.

Team GB easily won gold by 12 clear shots from Australia, while New Zealand took bronze a further 20 shots adrift. Team GB were captained by Wales's Tegwen Matthews, the victorious Curtis Cup captain.

“This is a great result for Chloe against many of the world's top amateur golfers, another significant step forward in her progress at the age of 17,” said Ben Waterhouse, the Golf Union of Wales director of performance.

“She left herself a little bit to do in the final round to claim an individual medal, but then she went out and did it which was a most impressive performance.

“To get an individual bronze is great, but to be part of the team performance which took gold by such a big margin is also a great credit to Chloe – and Tegwen of course for whom this is another great success following on from her leadership in the Curtis Cup.

“It was great to see the example being set by Jamie Donaldson at the highest level with his win in Abu Dhabi. Jamie is the Golf Union of Wales professional of the year and we are also looking to see the Welsh professionals playing a role in encouraging the amateurs to fulfil their potential.

“Phil Price had a good finish in Abu Dhabi. He did some work with the Wales amateur squads over the winter along with another European Tour winner Lydia Hall and tying together the amateur and professionals in Wales is a key element in our progress.”

Williams had rounds of 74, 69, 75 and that closing 68 at the event which helped to mark golf's return as an Olympic event after 109 years.

The sport will return to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 after last being played as part of the Games in 1904, with this event in Australia including 17 sports and being held at many of the venues used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

•  The Golf Union of Wales was established on 1 st January 2007 following the merger of the Welsh Ladies Golf Union (founded in 1904) and the Welsh Golfing Union (founded in 1895) to administer all amateur golf in Wales

•  The GUW organises and selects all Welsh amateur golf teams.

•  There are 157 member clubs of the Golf Union of Wales, representing a membership of more than 50,000. It is estimated more than 100,000 people play golf in Wales.

•  The GUW maintains, administers and enforces the handicapping system in Wales together with appropriate course ratings systems for ladies and men.

•  Further details are available on the Golf Union of Wales website

•  The GUW is based in offices at the Celtic Manor Resort. Golf Union of Wales, Catsash, Newport NP18 1JQ.

•  Golf Development Wales is a successful funding partnership between the Golf Union of Wales, the Sports Council for Wales and the Golf Foundation, and was established as a consequence of the successful 2010 Ryder Cup Wales bid. It also has working partnerships with the Professional Golfers Association and Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd.

•  Securing the Future is a development strategy which emphasizes how introducing beginners to golf also helps to build other personal life-skills because of the principles and values inherent in the sport.

•  Further details are available at the Golf Development Wales website .



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