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Tim tipped for top

25th April 2013
Tim Harry being presented with the Duncan Putter by Southerndown Captain Ted Jones

Teenager Tim Harry has been tipped for the top after becoming the youngest ever winner of the Duncan Putter at Southerndown, by Wales national coach Neil Matthews.

For it was not just the fact the Vale of Glamorgan player claimed the title at the age of 15 against some of the best amateur players in Britain and Ireland, but the way in which he did it after losing a big lead and then bouncing back to grab victory.

On the weekend when 14-year-old Chinese amateur Guan Tianlang wowed the worldwide golfing audience at the Masters, Harry's breakthrough may have been on a smaller scale but it was still significant for the future of Welsh golf.

“The sky is the limit for Tim if he keeps doing the right stuff and continues to work hard on his game,” said Matthews, who watched Harry round Southerndown at the weekend.

“It was a fantastic performance for someone of his age, he held the lead at the end of every round but it was more the manner in which he won in the final round than just winning itself which was so impressive.

“On the first day the weather was bad and he teed off in the worst of it, but played really well, hit the ball cleanly and putted nicely.

“He had a five shot lead going into the final round, playing with Ireland's Shane McGlynn. He had a few bogeys while McGlynn had a few birdies and after the 12th Tim was trailing by two shots.

“He hit a three wood to six feet on the next to get a birdie, a good tee shot for birdie on the 14 th too, and when the Irish lad hit into the gorse Tim was two up with three to play. He had straight fours on the closing three holes in which was a fantastic finish on a course like Southerndown in difficult conditions.

“You could not have aksed for more in the way he handled himself, he stayed in the present, went through his routines and he will gain a lot of confidence from the way it went.

“It was a strong field for the Duncan Putter with some England internationals and the Irish players, which made it even more impressive.”

Harry's win was reminiscent of another Vale of Glamorgan player, Rhys Pugh, who won his first senior event at the age of 14 before going on to star in the last Walker Cup and become the first Welsh player to win the European Amateur Championship.

“There are similarities in the way they play,” said Matthews. “They both come out of the Vale of Glamorgan, they are mentally similar, but they are different personalities.

“Tim has put in a winter of hard work, he has shot up in height while keeping his lovely short game. He was part of the Wales U18's team that won the Cardigan Cup in Ireland a couple of weeks ago, one of the Welsh players who remained unbeaten in those matches.”


•  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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