TWO young golfers from Clays Golf Centre near Wrexham have reached a prestigious final to be played on the course which hosted Wales’ first Ryder Cup in 2010.
Bradley Edge and Daniel Rumsey will compete in the grand final of the Principality Junior Wales Open after qualifying from a North Wales regional event held at the Vale of Llangollen.
Bradley won the Under-15 nett category with a superb score of 68 once his handicap of 18 had been deducted while Daniel secured the fourth and final spot in the Under-13 section with 37 Stableford points.
Other qualifiers included Lee Park’s Luke Thompson who fired an 80 to finish second in Under-15 gross section, Shauna Lyons from Conwy, who came second in the Under-15 nett, Styal’s Jack Muir who won the Under-13s with 41 points, Oswestry’s Daniel Haycocks who was second and Maesdu’s Reuben Bather who was third.
The cross-border raiders from England dominated the Under-18 section, taking all four qualifying spots. Trey Niven from The Shropshire shot 76 to win the gross section. Wallasey’s Carl Derbyshire won the nett with 73 and Rossendale’s Sam Bailey was second on 74.
They all progress, along with winners from events at four other qualifying venues throughout Wales, to the final on Celtic Manor’s spectacular Twenty Ten Course on July 27. The final includes an overnight stay in the five-star resort where Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and company slept during the Ryder Cup and where, more recently, Barack Obama visited for last year’s NATO Summit.
Some 56 junior golfers in total will compete once again in Under-18, Under-15 and Under-13 age categories for the national title and top prizes from Welsh golf merchandise company Asbri at Celtic Manor.
Former winners of the Principality Junior Wales Open include Amy Boulden, the Maesdu and Conwy product who secured the Rookie of the Year title on the Ladies European Tour at the end of last year.