Monday, 13 January 2014

R&A help Welsh quartet for South America test

Four of the best Welsh amateur golfers will get the chance to test themselves in the South America Amateur Championship next week, thanks to support from golf's governing body the R&A.

It is part of the R&A's efforts to support golf worldwide, but also an outstanding opportunity for Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park), Jessica Evans (Newport), Lee Jones (Conwy) and Alastair Jones (Radyr), to take on an international field.

The Welsh group will be competing in Barranquilla, on Colombia’s North coast, from 22 – 25 January, facing 72 holes of stroke play for the men’s and women’s titles.

“This is a great opportunity for four of our best up and coming golfers in Wales,” said Golf Union of Wales director of performance Ben Waterhouse.

“All four are Wales internationals, so this exposure on the international stage is a vital part of their development, especially this early in the season.

“We could not do it without the support of the R&A, while the presence of several players from outside South America also helps boost the profile ahead of golf's return to the Olympics at the 2016 Rio Games.”

It is a relatively new event on the amateur circuit, but it is a championship that continues to grow in stature thanks to generous backing from The R&A which has supported the event since 2005.

The R&A has supported various amateur golf events in South America for the past 10 years, most notably the Copa los Andes, a men’s and women’s team event which started in 1944 and which has enjoyed annual R&A support since 2002.

For the second year for the South American Amateur, the R&A has offered subsidies to up to 30 non-South American players, helping with flights and entry fees.

“The South American Amateur is a tremendously competitive and enjoyable event for players, officials and spectators, and one which we’re proud to support,” said The R&A’s Executive Director – Working for Golf, Duncan Weir.

“We’re committed to supporting golf worldwide and we want to help grow the South American Amateur to become one of the premier amateur events around the world.

“The total investment from The R&A into this year’s championship is in the region of £75,000, ensuring a truly international field enjoy a competitive opportunity at this time of year.

“It's a pleasure to be able to support this celebration of elite South American golf, but it's just as rewarding to see the strides that have been made in the game at grassroots level.

“While Colombia has a population of 47 million and only 51 golf courses, golf in South America continues to evolve. R&A grants are being used to encourage greater participation and develop promising South American golfers.”

Go to for more information on the South American Amateur Championship.


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