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Top awards for North Wales trio

NORTH Wales golfers were recognised at the Golf Union of Wales Awards dinner, with Amy Boulden as the Welsh Tour Professional of the Year with Ben Chamberlain and Tom Williams sharing the Welsh Amateur Golfer of the Year.

Chamberlain and Williams were named with Tim Harry, all three represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Jacques Leglise Trophy against Continental Europe – the first time Wales has had three representatives in that competition.

Conwy’s Boulden finished 12th in the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, including a Top 10 finish in the Ricoh Ladies British Open, with the awards presented at a special ceremony at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor, sponsored by Future Financials.

Both Chamberlain and Williams are hoping to use their selection for the Jacques Leglise team as a springboard for selection for the Walker Cup in 18 months time before looking to turn professional.

“It is always good to get recognition,” admitted Chamberlain, of Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club. “The Jacques Leglise was very good, we knew most of the players we were up against through playing against them in the year but it was nice to play match play instead of stroke play.

“Walker Cup is my biggest goal as an amateur so I would love to push myself towards it. Listening to Phil Price at this event there was some great advice and we know how hard we have to work.”

Wrexham’s Williams is also targeting the Walker Cup, while delighted to be part of the record books for Welsh golf.

“It is definitely good to be part of making history for the Golf Union of Wales, the first time there were three Wales players in the team,” he added.

“Hopefully getting three players into the team will be good for Welsh golf, help to get more people playing.

“I would definitely like to play Walker Cup before turning pro, maybe another four years of working really hard to get in the line-up to be picked.

“I would like to thank Chris King for helping to make it possible, as well as Ben Waterhouse and the Golf Union of Wales who help us a lot.”

Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon added, “The GUW awards have been a great chance to recognise the good work that is going on in Welsh golf.

“Amy Boulden had a great year on the Ladies European Tour, including a top 10 at the Ricoh Ladies British Open, on an amateur level it was great to have three Wales players in the Great Britain and Ireland Jacques Leglise Trophy team for the first time.

Pictured are Tom Williams, left, and Ben Chamberlain.