Brilliant rounds of 70 amid the snowflakes in Principality Junior Wales Open qualifier
Snowflakes greeted the first young golfers teeing up in Easter qualifying events for the Principality Junior Wales Open but that didn’t stop the competition hotting up at Cardiff’s Radyr Golf Club.
At just 16 years of age, Kyle Harman was giving away a couple of years on the oldest competitors in the Under-18 section but produced a fine, one-over-par score of 70 to win the gross competition. His score was matched by fellow two-handicapper Joe Hillard who was beaten on countback but also progressed to the final with the best nett score of 68.
Harman’s home club is Cottrell Park but he was able to use local knowledge at Radyr where he is also a member and was delighted to return his best ever competition score over the challenging Harry Colt layout.
The Welsh junior squad member said:
The short game is always key to scoring well around here. The greens were rolling fast but I managed to keep the ball under control and was really pleased to shoot my lowest score here in such an important competition.
I qualified last year but did not perform too well in the final. I’m looking forward to going back to Celtic Manor and now I’ve played the Twenty Ten Course, I’m hoping I can plot my way around a bit better this time.
Harman is one of 10 qualifiers from the first qualifier at Radyr who will tee up on July 29 in the final on the Twenty Ten Course which staged the Ryder Cup in 2010. Other qualifying events follow during the Easter holidays at Celtic Manor’s own Roman Road course, Builth Wells, Royal St David’s at Harlech, and Langland Bay.
Successful qualifiers won leather suit bags from Welsh golf merchandise company Asbri and they also enjoy an overnight stay at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort as part of their prize.
Title sponsor Principality Building Society and The Celtic Manor Resort are proud to be building on the legacy of Wales’ first Ryder Cup with a competition which hopes to foster future champions to follow in the footsteps of Welsh Ryder Cup heroes like Ian Woosnam and Phillip Price, and Solheim Cup star Becky Brewerton.
Radyr winners and qualifiers
Under 18 Boys: Best Gross, Kyle Harman (Cottrell Park) 70. Best Nett. Joe Hillard (Kendleshire) 70-2-68.
Under 18 Girls: Best Gross, Nia Greville (Ashburnham) 77. Best Nett, Ella Griffiths (Pyle & Kenfig) 81-4-77.
Under 15 Gross: Gross, 1 Joe Lukaris (Creigiau) 76, 2 Kurtis Wara (Ridgeway) 83.
Under 15 Nett: 1 Eleanor Lewis (Cottrell Park) 90-25-65, 2 Emily Anne Swain (Whitchurch) 87-17-70.
Under 13 Stableford: 1 Jack Callaghan-Smith (Vale of Glamorgan) 34 pts, 2 James Hill (Rhondda) 34 pts.