STUART MANLEY WELSH AMATEUR CHAMPION
Manley won the 2003 Welsh Amateur Championship in convincing style, defeating
Royal Porthcawl’s Rhys Davies by 8 and 7 in the final.
a result, Manley has won his second successive Konica Order of Merit title.
When Manley defeated Edwards in this semi final match he knew the Konica
title was his.
has the consolation of finishing in second place while Rhys Davies’ final spot
has moved him into fourth place.
Konica race was led by Manley from the Duncan Putter but the No. 1 spot changed
hands on numerous occasions as both Manley and Edwards collected five titles
between them. Manley’s
performances in the Gold Cross and Welsh Amateur makes him the deserved Champion
FINAL ORDER OF MERIT 2003
MANLEY WINS GOLD CROSS
Manley equalled the lowest four round aggregate to win the St David’s Gold
Cross by nine stroke from Nigel Edwards and Rhys Davies.
collects 150 Konica Order of Merit points to move back to the top of the list
and lies less than 1 point ahead of second placed Nigel Edwards.
and Edwards are the only players able to win this year’s Konica title which
will be decided during the Welsh Amateur Championship at Southerndown..
Davies’ 2nd place moves him into 7th spot on the Konica
table and Richard Scott by finishing fourth at Royal St David’s added 45
points to keep him in 5th place.
final event is the Welsh Amateur Championship at the Southerndown Golf Club from
30th July to 2nd August.
Nigel Edwards won his third
successive Tucker Trophy with a four round aggregate of 13 under par and
collects 100 Konica Order of Merit points to move back to the number one spot on
the Konica list.
Edwards shot rounds of 72 and 64 at
Whitchurch to win the Silver Dragon and followed up with rounds of 69 and 68 to
take the Golynos Oak at Newport.
In second place on eight under par
was Alex Smith who adds 60 Konica points and now moves from 9th to 6th
in the Konica table.
Cennydd Mills from the Vale of
Glamorgan took third place (40 Konica points) and 4th was
Southerndown’s Llewellyn Matthews.
The next event is the St David’s Gold Cross at
the Royal St David’s Golf Club on 19/20 July.
Cennydd Mills from the Vale of
Glamorgan claimed a share of second place at the Welsh Open Stroke Play
Mills opened with rounds of 70 and
68 and followed up with 72 and 71 to finish alongside Richard Moir of Australia
on 7 under par, three strokes behind the winner, Michael Skelton of the
Middlesborough Golf Club.
Mills collects 100 Konica Order of
Merit points, which moves him into 10th place on the Konica list
after only his first event due to his college commitments in America.
Other good performance came from
Gareth Wright 4th= and Alex Smith who finished in 8th
place on four under par.
The next event is the Tucker Trophy on 12/13 July
at the Whitchurch and Newport courses.
MANLEY JOINT 12TH IN SCOTLAND
Stuart Manley finished in a tie for 11th place at the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship over the Kintyre course at Turnberry at the weekend.
Manley now moves back to the top of the Konica Order of Merit and will have a great opportunity to increase his lead at the Welsh Open Stroke Play over second placed Nigel Edwards who is not competing at Prestatyn.
The next event is the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship that is taking place at Prestatyn Golf Club from 20 - 22 June 2003.
AFTER THE SCOTTISH STROKE
SMITH LAST 16, SCOTT FIRST
Craig Smith continued his fine run
of form at the Amateur Championship at Royal Troon by reaching the last 16,
where he lost to eventual Champion Gary Wolstenholme. Smith collects 60 Konica
Order of Merit and remains in 4th place in the table. Wales’ other
qualifiers at Royal Troon were Alex Smith (Pyle & Kenfig) and Nigel Edwards
who both collected 40 Konica points for reaching the last 32.
Richard Scott won the Aberconwy
Trophy for the second successive year after finishing 3 strokes clear of
Pontypridd’s James Williams. As a result of the Aberconwy Scott moves into 5th
place in the Konica table.
It was a busy week for amateur
golf. Alex Smith (12th) and Leon Clark of Pontnewydd (18th)
gained more Konica points at the Berkshire Trophy.
The next event is the Scottish Open Stroke Play
Championship from 13th – 15th June at the Kintyre course
CONSISTENT MANLEY, SMITH AND WRIGHT
Despite not finishing among the top
places at the St Andrews Links Trophy, Wales’ golfers performed consistently
over the weekend Stuart Manley and Gareth Wright tied for 11th place
while Craig Smith was joint 14th.
All three players added to their
Konica Order of Merit totals with Manley and Wright collecting 36.33 Konica
points and Smith adding 25.5 to his total.
James Williams from Pontypridd also
made the cut and finished in a tie for 30th which gives him 1.71
Richard Finch from Hull won the
event with an excellent 11 under par total of 276 strokes.
The next event is the Amateur Championship from 2nd
– 7th June at Royal Troon and Irvine (Bogside).
CLOSE AT THE TOP
Nigel Edwards and Stuart Manley
continue to dominate the top of the Konica Order of Merit.
Edwards finished in a tie for 4th
place at the Brabazon Trophy and leapfrogs Manley who finished in a share of 9th.
It was a good weekend for Wales
with Craig Smith from St Mellons (tied 9th), Rhys Davies (tied 17th)
and Gareth Wright (tied 24th) all adding to their Konica points haul.
Mark Laskey who survived qualifying
also had a respectable finish making the cut and ending up in 41st
The next event in the St Andrews Links Trophy
from 23rd – 25th May over the Old and New Courses.
DYKES 1st, MANLEY 2nd
Tim Dykes from Wrexham collected
his second Konica Order of Merit title after a five stroke victory in the Clwyd
Dykes’ win moves him up 7 places
in the Konica table to 4th while Gareth Wright who finished 2nd
remains in 3rd spot.
Over in Ireland at the Irish Open
Stroke Play, Stuart Manley claimed a fine second place and now moves to the top
of the Konica list ahead of Nigel Edwards.
The next event in the Konica Order of Merit is
the Brabazon Trophy at Hunstanton Golf Club, Norfolk from 16th-18th
EDWARDS 4th AT LYTHAM
Nigel Edwards tied for 4th place at the Lytham Trophy after a final round of 67, 4 under par and has increased his lead at the top of the Konica Order of Merit to just under 100 points.
Craig Smith of St Mellons (12th=) and Gareth Wright from West Linton (16th=) showed some good form during the punishing weather over one of the country’s toughest courses.
Pontypridd’s James Williams was the only other Welshman to make the cut but finished in a tie for 42nd place.The next events in the Konica Order of Merit are the Irish Open Stroke Play at Royal Dublin (9th – 11th May) and the Clwyd Open (10th/11th May).
Nigel Edwards completed
a clean sweep at the Trubshaw Cup over the weekend and claims 150 Konica Order
of Merit points.
Edwards took the
Carmarthenshire Open at Ashburnham with a four under par total of 140 strokes
and then followed up his performance at Ashburnham with rounds of 68 and 69 (1
under par) to claim the Tenby Golden Eagle.
Edwards now leads the
Konica Order of Merit from Duncan Putter winner Stuart Manley with Gareth Wright
in third position following his second place finish at the weekend.
The attention now moves to the Lytham Trophy where 9 Welsh players will be looking to catch the eye of the Great Britain & Ireland Selectors.
The next event is the Lytham Trophy that takes
place from 2nd to 4th May at Royal Lytham and St Annes
Stuart Manley from Mountain Ash won the Duncan Putter for the second year in succession after closing with a superb final round of 68. Manley collects 150 Konica Order of Merit points and heads the table from Rhys Davies (Royal Porthcawl) and Nigel Edwards (Whitchurch) who tied for 3rd spot. Ireland's Colm Moriarty finished in 2nd place one stroke behind Manley.
Moriarty had held the lead through three rounds but Manley's final round of 68 enabled the current Konica Champion to fend off Moriarty when he made a cast iron four at the demanding 18th hole.
next event is the Trubshaw Cup that takes place on 26th and
27th April at the Ashburnham and Tenby golf courses.