The world renowned Royal St. David’s Golf Club in North West Wales will host the 2019 running of the Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. With the weather set fair, a field full of international amateur level golfers will take on the 54 hole Championship on the testing 6200 yard links.
Among those most likely to compete for the Dragon Salver are the English duo of Lily May Humphreys & Isobel Wardle; both sit comfortably in the top 100 of the WAGR ranking and are boasting strong finishes in early season events. Humphreys will also be keen to build on last year’s successful 3rd place finish at Aberdovey and add the Welsh title to the 2018 Helen Holme.
A strong contingent of Scottish players will also be keen to challenge, with Chloe Goadby one of the leading contenders. The 2018 BUCS Finals champ will be keen to follow the success of compatriot Hannah McCook who claimed the trophy twelve months ago. McCook has turned professional in the close season meaning that a fresh Champion is certain to be crowned.
Challenges from further afield include Dutch player Anouk Sohier and double Singapore National Champion Jen Goh, will both be looking to display form shown on home soil on the Gwynedd coast. Irish hopes perhaps lie with Paula Grant; the 2018 Curtis Cup player will be looking to maintain Ireland’s impressive recent history in this Championship when she starts her challenge on Friday.
As for the Welsh challenge, an exciting mix of experience and youth look set to take on the challenge on home soil. 2018 Welsh Ladies Open Seniors champion Ann Lewis will be keen to produce a good display at her home course. International stalwarts Lauren Hillier and Kath O’Connor will also be hopeful of challenging for the title, while 2018 player of the season, sixteen year old Carys Worby, will be keen to continue her recent form and get a big win under her belt.
Play will get underway on Friday morning with live scoring in operation. You can follow all the action on the Wales Golf website and our twitter platform @wales_golf https://twitter.com/wales_golf
We wish the best of luck to everyone.