THE GOLF Union of Wales is starting a new Welsh Junior Tour to encourage young players of all standards to take part in some fun competitions building to a national final.
The new initiative will include mixed events at Under 8, 10, and 12 age groups, separate boys and girl’s competitions at Under 14 level, with four regional events allowing players to qualify for the Welsh Junior Tour Finals in the Autumn.
The four regional events will be held in Mold, North Wales, Carmarthen, West Wales, Lakeside, Mid Wales and Virginia Park, South Wales, with the final at former European Tour and Solheim Cup venue St Pierre near Chepstow. Entries open February 1.
“This is an exciting new competition which will combine participation with development, the growing junior initiatives of Golf Development Wales, the Coaching Centres Programme and the work at many clubs meant we needed to add this opportunity,” explained GUW chief executive Richard Dixon.
“Children of all standards can play, children with disabilities can compete on level terms, and this new Tour will be both fun and competitive. “It is open to anyone born in Wales, with Welsh parents or grandparents, who lives in Wales or is a member of a golf club affiliated to the GUW.
“The only people not allowed to enter is anyone with a handicap of nine or lower at the start of the year, because we already run competitions at the elite end to cater for those players.
“There is no need for an official handicap for the younger age levels, which will be played over shortened nine hole courses appropriate for their age. They will score at least one point on every hole in a modified Stableford scoring system, which also rewards the lower scores.
“In the U14 categories players must have a competition handicap which means 28 or less for boys, 36 or less for girls or a disability golf handicap of up to 54. They will play an 18 hole competition under normal Stableford rules.
“The top three players in each category will receive a prize at every event.
“There will also be skills challenges running alongside the competitions which will cover long game, chipping and putting which should provide extra fun as well as being a good way for players to see how different parts of their game are improving.
“We hope this initiative will provide a real boost and focus to the development of the game for younger golfers in Wales, offering them a target of a fun, national competition as they learn and improve.”
The Under 14 competitions will be under the normal rules of golf but the younger age groups will have some additional rules to help them, such as a free drop after three attempts to get out of a bunker and picking up after 10 shots while still scoring a point on the card. Players with a disability can play under appropriately modified rules.
Parents or guardians must accompany children at the events. The detailed rules for Welsh Junior Tour events can be found on the ‘specific’ and ‘general’ conditions sections of the entry form.
To get more information about the 2016 events including dates and venues go to the Event List and Information page in the Welsh Junior Tour section of the GUW web-site (under the championships heading).
Players can choose which events they wish to enter (players may enter as many as they like) by going to the entry forms and on-line entries page in the Welsh Junior Tour section of the GUW website (under the championships heading).
Entries can be made on-line or by printing out and posting or emailing the completed form to the GUW offices.
The U8, U10 and U12 categories cost £5 per event to enter and the U14 categories £10 per event.
Three in a row for Kidwelly
KIDWELLY Town earned their third straight win in Carmarthenhire League Division 1 on Saturday (Oct 16) as they came from behind to beat Tumble 4-1.
Tumble had lost their last three matches prior to Saturday’s game and it was they who took the lead when Garin Morris scored in the tenth minute.
Chris Cray equalised for Kidwelly and it remained 1-1 until half time.
Both sides knew the next goal would be crucial but it was the home side who got it as Rob Davis set up Alex Kay to score.
And just a minute later it was 3-1 as Connor Howells scored.
That all but won the game for the home side who made sure of the points in injury time as Kay fired in his second goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Their fourth win of the season sees them stay in eighth place but they are now only three points behind third placed FC Carmarthen.
On Saturday, October 23, Kidwelly travel to Llangennech who sit just a point and two places above them in the table.
Photo by Darren Harries
Llangennech youth go top
LLANGENNECH Youth moved to the top of the South East Carmarthenshire league on Saturday (Oct 16) as they thrashed Ammanford 47-0.
The home side ran in seven tries, six of which were converted, as they earned a third bonus point win in a row.
Rhys Harris scored a hat trick of tries and Kyle North also crossed the whitewash twice.
There were also tries for Ryan Guard and Kallum Morgan as the home side ran out comfortable winners.
Cameron Mills scored four of the conversion while the other two were scored by Tyler Payne.
The win sees Llangennech leapfrog Ammanford into top spot.
Llangennech will look to keep hold of their 100% record on Saturday, October 23, when they travel to Brynamman.
Photo by Darren Harries
Felinfoel thump Llandeilo
FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season as they thumped Llandeilo Town 8-1 on Saturday (Oct 16).
Jordan Badman opened the scoring for the home side after six minutes but their lead only lasted eight minutes.
Harri Morgan set up Will Garrard to score but Felinfoel were soon ahead once more.
Badman scored his second of the game midway through the half before Chris James made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.
Seven minutes into the second half Badman made it 4-1 as he completed his hat trick to all but end any hopes Llandeilo had of getting back into the game.
Tom Roberts scored three minutes later and four minutes after that it was six as Badman scored his fourth of the game.
Matthew Ellis scored with twenty minutes to go and the scoring was complete nine minutes from time as Lloyd Francis made it 8-1.
The win for Felinfoel is their ninth in ten games and maintains their unbeaten start to the season.
On Saturday, October 23, they will put their unbeaten run on the line again as they travel to fifth placed Pwll Athletic.
Photo by Darren Harries
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