Pyle & Kenfig is ready for the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Golf Championship

Monday, 12 June 2017

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Another top golf tournament is coming to Porthcawl – as the top women amateurs compete in the Ladies’ British Amateur Golf Championships.

Doing well in amateur golf is pretty much an essential for an aspiring professional – male or female – ­ so it’s a fair bet that this week at Pyle and Kenfig some future Solheim Cup stars well be playing.

It’s a question of spotting who has that extra something to make it to the very top!

As can be seen from the colourful array of national flags flying at the Pyle Kenfig Golf Club, there are 24 different nationalities playing at the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Golf Championship this week, which makes it a truly international event.

The photograph shows the Swedish team which includes Julia Engström who at just 15, was last year’s Ladies’ British Open Amateur Golf Champion.

Pyle Kenfig Golf Club was formed in 1919 and a nine hole course was formally opened on July 29, 1922.

By 1925 the course was a full 18 holes, but still very much different from today’s course. The road that presently divides the course only existed as a cart track and the club house was more like a bungalow.

It burned down in 1925, leaving only the brick fireplace and chimney as a stark reminder of its former existence. Not long afterwards, a new building was erected in its place which now forms the rear part of today’s modern club house.

The club itself has come a long way since those early days. Last year it was awarded the prestigious Welsh Golf Club of the Year 2016 by the Golf Union of Wales in a ceremony at the Celtic Manor.

Also this year, the club received a national award for helping young people to learn how to play golf. In a ceremony at Wentworth, Simon Hopkin, secretary and manager of the club, received The Bonallack Award at the Golf Foundation Presidents’ Awards by Golf Foundation president Sandy Jones.

The Bonallack Award celebrates the “inspirational work of volunteers and professionals who have given their time and enthusiasm to provide young people from all backgrounds and abilities with a start in the game”.

Pyle Kenfig earned the recognition for a project that has helped young people to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf, thus creating a pathway that has resulted in a significant increase in junior membership.

The Ladies’ British Open Amateur Golf Championship runs from June 13-17.

The club has a history of hosting both men’s and women’s amateur championships and international matches. The quslifying rounds of the Men’s Amateur Championship has been played at Kenfig three times and it was the venue for the Men’s Home Internationals in 2006.

Report and photos by Keith E Morgan.

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