GOLF DEVELOPMENT Wales has launched its fresh look 2016 New2Golf, Back2Golf scheme which will see women, families and couples given exciting incentives to give-golfa- go or get back into the sport again.
A successful initiative that saw 1600 New2Golf members in 2015, with 55% of those being female, this year the focus is on those who may not have been exposed to the wider benefits of golf.
Women will be encouraged to go along to their local participating club with ‘the girls’ to enjoy the social element of the sport while receiving free taster sessions and low cost group fun lessons. Encouraging Women to utilise their local golf club to catch up with friends and meet new people.
Families will have the opportunity to learn golf and play a few holes all together in a relaxed environment. They can then enjoy a family meal in the clubhouse after and couples will be incentivised to learn, play together then dine together, introducing the other half to golf in a relaxed and enjoyable way.
Golf clubs around the country will be offering free taster sessions and /or low cost, fun, group lessons to give beginner or lapsed golfers the opportunity to get involved with golf. The sport provides a relaxed way of having fun with family or friends, meeting new people and keeping physically active in the fresh air, whatever your age, background or ability.
Welsh Golf professional Amy Boulden is enthusiastic about the initiative: “If women can get together with friends and like minded females in a comfortable environment like their local golf club, wouldn’t it be fantastic if they then gave golf a go and they too could fall in love with a fantastically social game for life.
“Golf has been such an enjoyable social experience for me from the moment I picked up my first club when I was only five years old,” she added.
“I’ve made some fantastic lifelong friendships that I never expected would come from the sport that I love.
“The focus on encouraging women to go to their local golf club without having to provide their own equipment is so important.
“This campaign will expose women to golf who may not have considered the game before. I’d say, go along with friends, enjoy each others company, have a catch up, just wear some flat shoes and give it a go.”
Back2Golf month schemes are funded by Golf Development Wales and supported by the R&A, the governing body of the sport. 2015 saw over 60 clubs run New2Golf with clubs offering excellent deals to encourage people to take up the sport for life. Examples of some of the opportunities open to new and lapsed golfers include low cost beginner coaching, trial membership, green fee and membership offers. All of these offers are designed to introduce people to the game in a relaxed and enjoyable way.
Director of Development, Golf Union Wales, Hannah McAllister added: “Clubs across Wales will be developing some excellent initiatives to allow people to take up and remain in the sport. Golf is a very accessible sport, great value for money and sessions are delivered in a fun and engaging way”.
As part of the beginner scheme’s participants will gain aNew2Golf welcome pack, which includes vouchers for: discounted lessons, a free opportunity to bring a friend or family member to a lesson, equipment, as well as, fun introductory information plus more. The scheme welcomed over 1600 New2Golf members in 2015 with over 55% of those being female.
Although for everyone, the 2016 New2Golf Back2Golf campaign will be focused on attracting some key groups including Women and Girls. Providing an opportunity for women to take up the sport is a high priority for many clubs across Wales. Evidence released has shown that women’s golf is one of the largest growth markets and with 55% of New2Golf members being female this is certainly being proven as correct.
“These groups have been identified as key areas of growth for the game of golf. We have seen some amazing ladies scheme’s in the past including afternoon tea, social events, hair and beauty sessions to name just a few”. McAllister said.
To find a scheme in west Wales please visit the link below. Participating clubs will be added in the run up to April and throughout the year or to register your interest in beginner sessions individually or as a group please contact Sian.Simmons@golfunionwales.org.
Raiders seal first ever win
West Wales Raiders 44
Coventry Bears 16
Lucas Marshall, Stebonheath Park,
A LATE rally by Coventry Bears was not enough to deny a jubilant West Wales Raiders their first-ever win at the 45th time of asking.
The old South Wales Ironmen tasted victory against Gloucestershire All Golds in the first match played at Stebonheath Park back in July 2017, but never before have the side won under the Raiders banner. And it was certainly worth the wait as the Raiders dominated much of the game against a Bears side that doesn’t have the best record when travelling to South Wales. The other game the Ironmen won in 2017 was against Coventry, whilst the Bears only won by 10 points at Llanelli last season.
Dewi Billingham made his Coventry debut while trialist Zak Williams made his first appearance since returning to the Bears. But both former Raiders stars were unable to come back to haunt their former employers.
Much of the damage was done in the first half with the Raiders taking control from the kick-off and eventually going in 20-0 up at the break.
It took only six minutes for Raiders to break the Bears defence when good work down the left put Dalton Desmond-Walker in for the opener. Phil Cowburn added the extras but was off target just moments later after Ash Bateman was on the end of some quick passing to go in on the right.
When Morgan Evans went in for the Raiders third, again converted by Cowburn, their loyal band of supporters started to believe they were on course for victory.
It could have been even worse for the Bears, but strong defence saw them hold the visitors up over the line on three occasions mid-way through the half. Although there was no denying Archie Snook with one of the final plays of the half after Welsh International Steve Parry had split the Bears defence to put the centre through. Cowburn once again failed with the conversion but the Raiders still celebrated their most positive 40 minutes in almost two years.
After the break, it was the Bears who struck first through Reece Rance, but any hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished by three quick-fire tries.
First, former Bears player Mitch Shaw scooted over, before Bateman and Snook both got their second try of the afternoon to all but secure the victory for the Llanelli-based outfit.
Parry then went in for the Raiders’ eighth try of the day to put the icing on a long-awaited cake.
But the Bears were by no means done and added two further tries of their own to make the scoreline look a little less dominate than the game suggested.
Tries from Errol Carter and South Wales youth system graduate Cobi Green, along with two Joe Sanderson conversions rounded off the scoring for the visitors.
Dafen see off Porthcawl
DAFEN Seconds earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Jul 6) as they beat Porthcawl by 75 runs.
Porthcawl won the toss and elected to field and they were able to bowl Dafen out for 182.
Opener Oliver Evans made a score of 19 and Chris Randell scored 25 as a number of Dafen batsmen made good starts.
Jonathan Griffiths scored 22 and there were also scores of 15 from Tom Lavender and 16 from Luke Dunning.
Matthew Thomas made a late score of 18 while Andrew Randell top scored with 43 runs.
Nicholas Morgan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for the loss of 30 runs from his 6.3 overs.
Mark Bevan also bowled well to finish with figures of 3-37.
That set Porthcawl 138 to win but they lost a number of batsmen for single figure scores as they struggled to put runs on the board.
Andrew Randell had Nicholas Morgan caught by Jac Morgan and Matthew Thomas had Rhodri Phillips caught by Chris Randell.
Chris Richards made a score of 13 before he was bowled by Rhys Marchant who then also bowled Rob Warren and had David Lewis caught by Chris Randell, both for ducks.
Tim Richards also fell for a duck when he was caught off the bowling of Matthew Thomas.
Mark Lewis had scored 25 but he also fell to the bowling of Marchant.
Steffan Flood also scored 25 before he was bowled by Chris Randell and Joshua Aubrey added 20 late on before he also fell to the bowling of Randell.
That meant that Porthcawl were all out for 107, giving Dafen seconds an excellent win.
On Saturday (Jul 13), Dafen seconds are away to local rivals Llanelli seconds.
Rees century sees Llanelli to win
LLANELLI’s Iwan Rees scored a century on Saturday (Jul 6) to help his side to victory over Briton Ferry Steel.
Briton Ferry won the toss and elected to bat but they were restricted to 186-8 in their innings.
Steven Devonald struck early on to remove Evan Hynes but Lloyd Clement and Jamie Griffiths shared 44 runs for the second wicket.
Jac Rees had Griffiths caught by Craig Howells on a score of 24 and soon after Craig Evans was bowled by Aled Gilley for a duck.
Clement had made a score of 41 but when he was bowled by Rees, the Steel found themselves on 81-4.
That soon became 88-5 as Steve Maddock was caught by Marcus Leaf off the bowling of Gilley.
Iwan Rees then had Steffan Evans caught by Howells and Rhys Norgrove fell in similar fashion.
Jason Hughes and Thomas Williams shared 56 runs for the eighth wicket as they looked to give their side a total to defend.
On the last ball Williams was caught by Rees off the bowling of Gilley on a score of 24 which left Hughes not out on 67.
Llanelli openers Iwan Rees and Ioan Phillips shared 42 runs for the first wicket before Phillips was caught by Rhys Norgrove off the bowling of Jay Webb.
That was as good as it got for the Steel though as they were unable to claim any further wickets.
Craig Howells hit seven fours as he finished unbeaten on 53 while Rees starred with 14 fours to finish unbeaten on 104.
The win gives Llanelli 19 points and keeps them third in the table. On Saturday (Jul 13), they travel to local rivals Dafen.
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