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Katie Bradbury claims Welsh title

26th May 2014

Katie Bradbury claims first Welsh Amateur title with three birdies in the last three holes to beat defending champion Becky Harries.

Katie Bradbury with the Welsh Amateur trophy.

That put the 20-year-old three up with two holes to play, a tap-in birdie on the 16 th enough to secure the cup up against her Wales international colleague Becky Harries, from Haverfordwest, at the Monmouthshire course near Abergavenny.

Having beaten another Wales teammate Chloe Williams, from Wrexham, in the semi-final it represented quite a day for Cottrell Park's Bradbury, a student of accountancy and finance at Exeter University.

“ Becky was the front-runner going into the final after qualifying number one for the knockout stages, but I have a pretty good matchplay record,” said Bradbury, unbeaten for Wales in the Home Internationals over the last two years.

“ I finished with three birdies which was a nice way to do it, on the 16 th the ball stopped a foot from the flag for birdie so there was no pressure on the winning putt. I had holed a long one on the 15 th to get off the green quickly in the rain so that was good too.

“ This is the biggest win of my career and boosts my confidence ahead of the Irish Amateur and also competing for GB Universities in Switzerland next month.

“ I have made my mind up that I do not want to turn professional so golf will always be an amateur career while I hope to work in the world of finance, but I want to be the best amateur I can be while enjoying playing for fun.

“ I knew that I would be playing Chloe in the semi and then either Becky or someone who had beaten Becky in the final, so I knew it would be tough today and I was mentally prepared for that.

“ You need to play the Monmouthshire course a few times to get used to it, but the greens staff must have worked incredibly hard because they were some of the best greens I have ever putted on.”

Another top competitor planning to stay in the amateur ranks is semi-finallist Fauve Birch, from Pontardawe and Pyle and Kenfig clubs, who wants to become a barrister. She is currently studying for her 'A' Levels at Neath College, losing to Harries in the semis.

“ It has been a brilliant week for me,” said the 18-year-old. “I think I am better at matchplay than strokeplay so I was able to go out strong in my games, but I still did not expect to get to the semi.

“ I still want to be a barrister but I want to reach the best level of amateur golf and this has been a real boost to my confidence.”

The Welsh title was decided between players who qualified in the top 16 after the strokeplay, while numbers 17-32 in the rankings competed for the Valentine Plate. That was won by 15-year-old Harriet Evans from Nottingham, with her Welsh Dad on the bag.

After being four up at the turn, Evans held on to win by one hole at the 18 th . “It was good to have my Dad on the bag because he kept telling me I was going to win, even when I started to lose some holes.

“ I missed a putt to win the match on 16 and then hit it into the water on the 17 th , but he helped me to stay calm. Next year I want to qualify for the championship, but this will give me confidence going into the Scottish girls next.”

Golf Union of Wales championships manager Rhys James said, “Congratulations to all the winners and those who had good weeks. The competition was incredibly strong with a very high standard of golf being played.

“ Katie was a worthy winner of the main title, while Harriet did well to claim the Plate. Congratulations as well to the staff at Monmouthshire for producing such a good test for the best amateur ladies in Wales.”

•  The Golf Union of Wales was established on 1 st January 2007 following the merger of the Welsh Ladies Golf Union (founded in 1904) and the Welsh Golfing Union (founded in 1895) to administer all amateur golf in Wales

•  The GUW organises and selects all Welsh amateur golf teams.

•  There are 157 member clubs of the Golf Union of Wales, representing a membership of more than 50,000. It is estimated more than 100,000 people play golf in Wales.

•  The GUW maintains, administers and enforces the handicapping system in Wales together with appropriate course ratings systems for ladies and men.

•  Further details are available on the Golf Union of Wales website

•  The GUW is based in offices at the Celtic Manor Resort. Golf Union of Wales, Catsash, Newport NP18 1JQ.

•  Golf Development Wales is a successful funding partnership between the Golf Union of Wales, the Sports Council for Wales and the Golf Foundation, and was established as a consequence of the successful 2010 Ryder Cup Wales bid. It also has working partnerships with the Professional Golfers Association and Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd.

•  Securing the Future is a development strategy which emphasizes how introducing beginners to golf also helps to build other personal life-skills because of the principles and values inherent in the sport.

Further details are available at the Golf Development Wales website


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