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Ben’s the best in Wales

NORTH Wales golfer Ben Chamberlain became the first player since the 1970’s to retain the Welsh Boys Championship.

Padeswood and Buckley player Chamberlain won at Wenvoe Castle last year before a repeat of last year’s final, up against Luke Harries of Tenby, in the 2015 event held at Abergele. Chamberlain had qualified for the matchplay stages in second place with a four-under-par total of 138. He had a comfortable passage through the matchplay rounds until reaching the final. That was a tightly fought game, which could have gone either way until Chamberlain edged ahead to win the match at the 20th hole.

Wrexham’s Thomas Williams had come out on top in the strokeplay stages with a seven-under-par 36-hole total of 135. He fell to Vale Resort’s Oliver Brown at the 19th hole in the quarter-finals. Brown then lost to Harries in the semis, while Chamberlain qualified for the final by beating Clyne’s Jordan Golley.

The boys’ U16 Strokeplay Championship was won by Thomas Roberts, from Rhuddlan, with Erin Toft, from Northop, winning the girls’ equivalent.

Ashton Bradbury, of the Golf Union of Wales, said: “Abergele put on a wonderful event and the course was in excellent condition, suitable for a championship of this standing – a good test in both strokeplay and matchplay formats.”