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22nd March 2013

Wales' world class golf courses are gearing up to host many of Europe's top amateur players as the season on home soil is about to get underway.

Vale of Glamorgan, Nefyn, Royal Porthcawl, Aberdovey, Celtic Manor and Ashburnham are among those hosting some of the major Welsh championships this summer, quality venues for top class events.

There are some new additions to the Golf Union of Wales calendar with the Ladies Mid-Amateur Championship at Nefyn, along with the Ladies Inter-County Championship at Builth Wells.

Other championship quality courses that will be hosting events include Monmouthshire, Abergele, Denbigh, Milford Haven in their centenary year, Cardigan, Glamorganshire, Caernarfon, Carmarthen, Bull Bay, Borth & Ynyslas, Conwy, Llandrindod Wells, Vale of Llangollen and Holywell.

“This is always an exciting time of the season as we are ready to get underway,” said Golf Union of Wales championship manager Rhys James, starting his first season in this new role.

“Congratulations first of all to the historic clubs that are once again hosting our championships all over Wales, North, South, East and West. There are some great courses and facilities which will really do justice to the quality of golf we are expecting.

“It is a great chance to showcase the quality of courses we have in Wales. Some of them are well known, some are comparatively hidden gems, but all of them will provide an enjoyable test.

“In the open events we are expecting some of the best British and European talent in both the Men's and the Ladies sides of the game, while of course there will once again be some fascinating tussles to decide the top Welsh players.

“It all tees off on March 25 th with Wales hosting the Under 16's Quadrangular at Southerndown, some of the best young players from Scotland, Ireland and Holland, as well as the home team of course who will be looking to take advantage of local knowledge.

“Events like the Ladies Open strokeplay at the Vale of Glamorgan, the Ladies Closed championship and the Men's Open strokeplay all have closing dates for entries coming up. All details are on the Golf Union of Wales website.”

Some Events for the Diary.

Ladies Open Strokeplay Championship at the Vale Resort

4 – 5 May                Closing date for entry 1 st April

Ladies Close Championship at Nefyn & District GC 
19 – 21 May. Closing date for entry 22 nd April. 

Mens Open Strokeplay Championship at Royal Porthcawl GC     
17 - 19 May. Closing date for entry 15th April.

Welsh Seniors Championship at Aberdovey GC                                  11 – 13 June

Mens Handicap Team Finals at Celtic Manor Resort                          25 Aug

Welsh Amateur Championship at Ashburnham GC                           30 July – 2 August

New Championships

1 . Ladies Mid-Amateur Championship at Nefyn & District GC
      19 – 20 May

*For Ladies over the age of 30 (on 19 May 2013) 36 Hole strokeplay, 18 holes each day. Handicap Limit is 15.


2 . Ladies Inter Counties Championship at Builth Wells                    16 July

*The Championship will be decided by stroke play over 36 holes Strokeplay. Each County Union will field a team of 6 players (The best 5 scores in each round count.) This format will be excactly the same as the Men.         

Other OPEN Championships

Welsh Open Youths at the Monmouthshire GC                                 1 – 2 June. Closing date for entry 29 th April.

Mens Open Seniors Championship at Abergele GC                          25 – 27 June

Ladies Seniors Open Championship at Denbigh GC                           3 – 4 September

Team Championship Finals

Mens Team Championship Finals will be held at Milford Haven GC in August * Centenary Year

Ladies Team Championship Finals will Be held at Cardigan GC in June

Junior Championships

Welsh Boys Championships at Glamorganshire GC                          
23 – 25 July

Welsh Girls Championships at Caernarfon GC                                    
23 – 25 July

(*to include the Under 16 Girls Championship)

Welsh Boys under 15/13 Championships at Carmarthen GC         

23 August

Notes for Readers.

•  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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