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Wales World Champs challenge
1st September 2010

Two of Wales's top juniors will be among the men's and ladies teams aiming to try and put Welsh golf on the map at senior level during next month's World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Amy Boulden and Rhys Pugh, who both turn 17 this year, have been selected for the Espirito Santo and Eisenhower Trophy teams respectively after an exciting summer of notable achievements.

Boulden showed she can already compete at the highest level of Ladies golf with a string on top quality performances including qualifying for the Ricoh Ladies' British Open, finishing runner up in the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews and the Ladies British Open Stroke Play at Tenby.

Pugh has just returned after captaining the Great Britain and Ireland team against the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy, during a summer when his most notable achievement was following in the footsteps of the likes of Lee Westwood and Justin Rose by winning the Peter McEvoy Trophy.

Boulden (Llandudno, Maesdu) will be joined by Cottrell Park's Gemma Bradbury and Holyhead's Tara Davies in the Espirito Santo team for the event in Buenos Aires, after the trio have been part of the Wales team looking for a hat-trick of Home International wins at Whitchurch next week.

Boulden has won the Golf Union of Wales' Ping Ladies' Order of Merit, with Davies in second and also the Welsh Ladies champion, while St Andrews student Bradbury won the Scottish Universities title by 16 shots earlier in the year.

" Amy, Gemma and Tara have all experienced what it is like to win at the Ladies' Home Internationals and I am sure all three will be looking to improve on Wales' previous results in the World Championships and will be striving for a top quality performance" said Ladies captain Sue Turner.

Pugh (Vale of Glamorgan) will be joined in the mens team by Oliver Farr, the winner of the Golf Union of Wales' Pinnacle Order of Merit, who also won the Duncan Putter and Trubshaw Cup, and followed those victories with 5 th place at the English Open Stroke Play Championship and being runner up in the Welsh Amateur Championship at Tenby.

Rhys Enoch, who is studying at East Tennessee State University where he won the NCAA East Regional, also reached the quarter finals of The Amateur Championship at Muirfield.

The team is strong enough that Alastair Jones, the Welsh Amateur champion, is a non-travelling reserve.

" It is a strong side, with yet another development for Rhys Pugh who has had a very good summer," said Men's captain Carl Rowe.

" He would have learned a lot from the leadership role in the Jacques Leglise Trophy where he scored 2 ½ points from 4.

" Rhys Enoch and Oliver Farr have been two of our most successful and experienced players for the last couple of years. Alastair is unlucky to have missed out this time on selection, but I know he will continue to improve, put in quality performances and play a big part in the future of Welsh golf."

Wales ' men will be looking to improve on their last showing in the Eisenhower Trophy where they finished a creditable 11 th in Adelaide, Australia, just seven strokes out of a medal position.

Scotland are the defending Eisenhower Trophy champions, while Sweden won the Espirito Santo Trophy two years ago.

Espirito Santo Trophy, 20 - 23 October 2010

Amy Boulden (Llandudno, Maesdu)

Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park)

Tara Davies (Holyhead)

Captain - Sue Turner

Eisenhower Trophy, 28 - 31 October 2010

Rhys Enoch (Truro)

Oliver Farr (Ludlow)

Rhys Pugh (Vale of Glamorgan)

Non travelling reserve - Alastair Jones (Radyr)

Captain - Carl Rowe


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