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Chloe gets Europe call-up

WREXHAM’S Chloe Williams has been added to the Europe team for the Patsy Hankins Trophy women’s team to face Asia/Pacific in a Ryder Cup style event starting today.

Williams is a late injury call up for the 12 strong Europe ladies team for the event at Vidago Palace, in Portugal, with selection based on World Rankings and also matchplay record.

The Wrexham player has been a stalwart of successful Wales Home Internationals teams as well as twice appearing for Great Britain and Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe.

While the Bonallack Trophy has been running since 1998, this is the first time the Patsy Hankins Trophy has been played, named after one of the most respected golf administrators New Zealand has produced.

Welshman David Boote (Walton Heath) has been picked for the men’s team.

“To have a Wales player in each of the two Europe teams is brilliant,” said Golf Union of Wales director of performance Ben Waterhouse.

“We were delighted when David was selected, so for Chloe to be added to the team now is an added bonus.

“Chloe has been part of a strong Wales Ladies team for a while, first playing alongside and then taking over a senior role from Amy Boulden when she moved onto the Ladies European Tour.

“She fully deserves her chance and has proved as an Olympic Youth medallist, Vagliano Trophy player, as well as her results in a Wales shirt, that she is a proven performer at this level.

“We are seeing a strong group of Wales players getting recognition on the international stage representing Wales, Great Britain and Ireland and now Europe.

“That can only be good for them, the system that helps to produce them, the players coming through behind and Welsh golf in general.

“We wish Chloe and David every success in Portugal this week, we are confident they will do well.”