THOMAS WELSH AMATEUR CHAMPION
Thomas from the Aberdare Golf Club won the Welsh Amateur Championship by
defeating Pontypridd’s James Williams on the 5th extra hole, the
longest final in the history of the Championship.
collects 250 Konica Minolta Order of Merit points that puts him into 6th
place in the table. James Williams has the consolation of winning the Konica
Minolta Order of Merit after collecting 150 Konica Minolta Points for reaching
second place in the table was Whitchurch’s Nigel Edwards, while early leader
Craig Smith finished in third spot.
Edwards and Smith dominated the Konica Minolta Order of Merit throughout the
season, Williams winning the Trubshaw Cup, finishing in third place at the Welsh
Open Stroke and runner up in the Welsh Amateur Championship. Edwards won the
Duncan Putter and Tucker Trophy and was runner up at the St David’s Gold Cross.
Smith won the Irish Open Stroke Play and was fourth at the Brabazon Trophy.
KONICA MINOLTA ORDER OF MERIT 2004
CROSS FOR GOULD
Gould from the Vale of Glamorgan produced an outstanding performance to win the
St David’s Golf Cross at Harlech and collects 150 Konica Minolta Order of
total of 270 strokes broke the tournament record by three strokes and the win
puts him into 6th place in the Konica Minolta Order of Merit.
second place was Whitchurch’s Nigel Edwards who closed with a final round of
65 that equalled the course record for a total of 273 strokes.
Evans of West Monmouthshire claimed 3rd spot on 275 and in fourth was
Tim Dykes of Wrexham on 276.
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Welsh Amateur at Ashburnham from
28-31 July 2004.
ANOTHER TUCKER FOR EDWARDS
Nigel Edwards equalled his own tournament record of 20 under
par at the Tucker Trophy. Edwards total of 266
was twelve strokes clear of his nearest challenger, James Williams of Pontypridd
with Alex Smith of Pyle & Kenfig in third place on 281, 5 under par. Edwards
collects 100 Konica Minolta Order of Merit points which puts him in third place,
Williams collects 60 points to remain in 2nd and Alex Smith adds 40
points to his total which moves him into 10th place.
During the weekend Edwards (68, 62) created a new
course record at Newport with a 10 under par 62 and in the process won the
Golygnos Oak by six strokes from Craig Evans (70, 66) of West Mon with Dan Jones
(72, 66) of Pontypool tying for 3rd with Aberdare’s Ryan Thomas
At Whitchurch Edwards retained the Silver Dragon with rounds
of 69 and 67 to win on a count back from James Williams (68, 68) and Ben
Westgate closed out strongly in third place (69, 69).
The next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the St David’s Gold Cross at Royal St David’s Harlech 17/18 July 2004.
3RD AT WELSH OPEN
Williams of Pontypridd claimed joint 3rd place at the Welsh Open
Stroke Play over the weekend. Williams finished nine strokes behind winner
Heidar Bragason of Iceland to claim 100 Konica Minolta Order of Merit Points.
Williams moves into 2nd place in the Konica Minolta table ahead of
Graeth Wright who finished in a tie for 12th place.
were some other good performances from Tim Dykes (Wrexham) and Darren Richards (Kington)
who shared 5th place and collect 50 points apiece.
Smith retains his place at the top of Konica Minolta Order of Merit despite
finishing in a tie for 15th place.
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Tucker Trophy played at the
Newport and Whitchurch Golf Clubs on 10/11 July 2004.
3RD AT ST ANDREWS
Wright of West Linton recaptured some of last season’s form by finshing in a
tie for 3rd place at the St Andrews Links Trophy at the weekend.
Wright collects 115 Konica Minolta points and moves from 5th to 2nd
place in the table.
Davies from Royal Porthcawl produced another impressive performance to claim 6th
place at St Andrews and moves from 9th to 6th place in the
Konica Minolta table.
James Williams collects 4 points for 30th place and Irish Open Stroke
Play Champion finished in 36th spot after a disappointing final day..
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Welsh Open Amateur Stroke Play
at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club from 18th to 20th June.
BRISCOE WINS ABERCONWY
Ben Briscoe of Old Colwyn Golf Club won his first Welsh Golfing Union Konica Minolta Order of Merit title at the Aberconwy Trophy with a four round total of 284. Briscoe won by five strokes from Tim Dykes and Jeff Evans (Conwy). All three players collect 100, 50 and 50 Konica Minolta points respectively
Paul Hendrikson finshed in a tie for 8th place at the Berkshire Trophy collecting 32 Konica Minolta points and moving into a tie for 11th spot in the table.
At the Amateur Championship at St Andrews, Rhys Davies (Royal Porthcawl) reached the quarter finals losing on the 20th to Eric Ramsay from Carnoustie, while Nigel Edwards and Llew Matthews both reached the last 32.
The next event is the St Andrews Links Trophy at the Old and Jubilee Courses, St Andrews from 11th - 13th June 2004.
8th AT SCOTTISH STROKE PLAY
Wright of West Linton played some excellent golf to finish in a tie for 8th
place at the Scottish Open Stroke Play around the Lundin Golf Club.
rounds of 65, 71, 67, 71 gave him a 10 under par total of 274 some five shots
behind the winner Richard Ramsay of Royal Aberdeen.
efforts gained him 29.5 Konica Minolta Order of Merit points which moves him
into 4th place on the Konica Minolta list.
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Amateur Championship (21-23 May
2004) at St Andrews Old and Jubilee courses.
4th AT BRABAZON
Smith followed up his victory at the Irish Open Stroke Play with an excellent 4th
place finish in the Brabazon Trophy at West Lancs Golf Club.
shot a final round of 68 to collect 110 Konica Minolta Order of Merit points and
increased his lead at the top of the Order of Merit.
Edwards and Paul Hendriksen shared 15th place on level par, adding 21
points to their Konica Minolta totals while Pontypridd’s James Williams
collected 11 points for his share of 20th place on 1 over par.
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Scottish Open Stroke Play (21-23
May 2004) at Lundin Golf Club.
WINS IRISH OPEN
Craig Smith from St Mellons
captured his first Konica Minolta tournament victory by winning the Irish Open
Stroke Play Championship at Carton House near Dublin at the weekend.
Smith’s one shot victory over
Ireland’s Sean McTernan earned him 200 Konica Minolta Order of Merit points to
move to the top of the table.
Gareth Wright tied for ninth spot
and collects 28 points and remains in 6th place on the Konica Minolta
At the Clwyd Open Ben Westgate from
Perranporth won his first Order of Merit title by two strokes from
Southerndown’s Llewellyn Matthews while defending Champion Tim Dykes finished
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Brabazon Trophy (14 – 16 May
2004) at West Lancs Golf Club.
FOR WALES AT LYTHAM
Nigel Edwards tied for 14th
place at the Lytham Trophy after finishing on four over par 288. As a result
Edwards remains in 2nd place on the Konica Minolta Order of Merit
after collecting 22.5 points.
Craig Smith of St Mellons and
Gareth Wright from West Linton tied
in 20th place on 289 strokes and collect 9 Konica Minolta Points each
while Mark Laskey from Brockett Hall tied for 27th and remains in
third place on the Order of Merit after three events.
Edwards, Smith and Wright will
travel to Ireland this week with David Price, Alex Smith and James Williams for
the Irish Open Stroke Play while Wales’ other leading amateurs head for the
Pontypridd’s James Williams still
leads the Konica Minolta list despite missing the cut at Royal Lytham with a
total of 225 points.
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Irish Open Stroke Play
Championship (7 – 9 May 2004) at Carton House near Dublin and the Clwyd Open
(8/9 May 2004) at Prestatyn and Wrexham Golf Clubs.
WILLIAMS ON TOP
Williams from Pontypridd won his first Konica Minolta Order of Merit event at
the Trubshaw Cup. Williams’ total
of five under par was three strokes clear of his nearest challenger, Craig Smith
of St Mellons. As a result of their
performances Williams collects 150 Konica Minolta points while Smith collects
third place was Mark Laskey from Brockett Hall while Gareth Wright and Richard
Scott shared 4th place.
Williams won the Tenby Golden Eagle and Mark Laskey won the Carmathenshire Open
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Lytham Trophy that will be
played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club from 30th April to 2nd
SECOND PUTTER FOR EDWARDS
Edwards lead the Duncan Putter from start to finish and in the process broke the
tournament record by two strokes held by Peter McEvoy.
collects 150 Konica Minolta Order of Merit points and heads the table after the
first event. In benign conditions on Saturday Edwards shot rounds of 68 and 66
to lead by three from West Mon’s Craig Evans. Day two saw the wind rise and
also the scores, but Edwards completed the victory with scores of 72 and 70 to
finish on four under par.
Williams of Pontypridd and Paul Waring of Bromborough were tied second on 280
strokes, level par. Tim Dykes, Mark Laskey and Zac Gould were 4th, 5th
and 6th respectively and all collect important Konica Minolta Order
of Merit points in the chase for International selection.
next Konica Minolta Order of Merit event is the Trubshaw Cup that will be played
at Tenby and Ashburnham on 24/25 April.