Wales Round-up: Thieves hamper Wrexham golfer’s dreamsApril, 2015 News & Tour
Our round-up of the latest club news from Wales
Wales’ number one ladies amateur player has had her professional ambitions put at risk following the theft of equipment worth £2,500.
Chloe Williams, 20, faces missing two tournaments after her car was broken into and her clubs and equipment taken.
The Wrexham golfer told the Wales Daily Post: “I can replace the clubs but this has put my career on hold – I think it’s disrespectful and wrong.”
‘These are vital to my career, my future job.’ Williams was forced to pull out of a tournament in Formby and said she has ordered a set of clubs from the Golf Union of Wales.
She added: “These are vital to my career, my future job. The tournaments are all about getting recognition and finishing well before turning professional.
“I’m the number one in Wales at the moment but that’s no good if I’m not competing in tournaments. This has stopped me from playing.”
Wales ladies aim to follow Amy
Chloe Williams will be hoping to have her clubs replaced in time for the Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay Championship at Southerndown next month.
Williams and Wales’ other top lady amateur golfers will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year Amy Boulden, who won the championship in 2013.
Gavin Reed, championship manager for the GUW, said: “We are thrilled to be holding this important event at Southerndown. The course is in great condition and will provide a real test for the players, especially if the wind blows.”
The event will benefit fro a strong English entry, including Inci Mehmet, 5th on the LGU Order of Merit, and England internationals Bethan Popel and Gemma Clews.
Southerndown director of golf John Peters said: “We have a long history of hosting top level events, reflecting the quality of the course and the challenge which it can provide for even the best players in the UK. We look forward to welcoming the competitors to the club and feel sure that all will have an enjoyable and rewarding championship.”
The event takes place between May 1-3.
Newport appoints first woman captain
Newport has unveiled their first ever woman club captain.
Sian Martin, 60, who is also Ladies Captain, has been a member for 15 years and follows in the footsteps of husband Robert, who was club captain in 2012.
“I’m very proud to be the first lady club captain,” Martin told the South Wales Argus. “It’s a very traditional club so it might surprise some, but I’ve had a lot of support and everyone has been great, so that makes it very special.”
A former ladies captain, Martin said she has many events planned for 2015, both on and off the course.
“There’s an exciting year ahead,” she added. “We’re trying to engage more people in playing mixed golf as well as focusing on our thriving junior and ladies sections.”