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Pugh adds Fairhaven title in top start to season
7th May 2010

Vale of Glamorgan's Rhys Pugh underlined his credentials as one of the best up-and-coming golfers in Britain and Ireland by winning the Fairhaven Trophy.

That success backs up his victory in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, with 16-year-old Pugh winning two of the biggest Under 18 competitions in amateur golf in quick succession.

The Pontypridd schoolboy is also studying for his GCSE's this summer, but that did not stop him putting in an impressive performance at Fairhaven - near Lytham St Anne's on the North West English coast where the Lytham Trophy was also being held.

" This is another excellent win for Rhys and shows great consistency to follow on from his victory in the McEvoy Trophy," said Golf Union of Wales director of player development and coaching Nigel Edwards.

" Once again many of the best young amateurs in the country were competing and Rhys showed great consistency in the way he played and led for so much of the time.

" It showed he can handle the pressure of going into such a big event as one of the favourites, which is something he is getting used to.

" Rhys is an impressive young player and as long as he keeps working hard on his game and continues to demonstrate such a good approach then his future remains highly promising."

A s Walker Cup captain, Edwards has already marked out Pugh as a potential candidate for next year's match against the best amateurs in the US .

Pugh opened up with a 70 at Fairhaven to put himself near the top of the leaderboard and then went into the lead after a second round of 69.

A third round of 75 opened the door a little for his competitors, allowing Jack McDonald of Kilmarnock to close the gap to a single shot with a 71.

However Pugh dominated the final round with a string of birdies in the final nine holes for a 71, to win comfortably by a margin of seven strokes from Liam Harper.

Pugh collects 300 Hugh James Order of Merit points and increased his lead at the top of the Welsh rankings to a remarkable 700 points.

Luke Jackson, formerly of Mold but now playing out of Worksop, scored 78, 72, 76 and 72 for a share of 12th place and collects 31.5 Hugh James points. The only other Welshman to make the cut at Fairhaven was Oswestry's Will Jones who finished in a tie for 30th place and collects 4 Order of Merit points.

Oliver Farr was the best Welsh performer at the Lytham Trophy a little further along the coast.

He scored rounds of 73, 71, 81 and 77 for a tie for 31st place and collects 51.6 Pinnacle points to extend his lead at the top of the Pinnacle Order of Merit. Ben Westgate ( Truro ) was the other Welshman to make the cut and scored 71, 76, 78 and 78 to finish the week tied for 36th and collects 50 Pinnacle points.


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