The 2019 Welsh Ping Junior Tour was welcomed to Mold Golf Club, who once again hosted the first event of the season. Eighty Junior Golfers across the four categories (U14’s, U12’s, U10’s and U8’s) were greeted to calm conditions at the beautifully presented Mold Golf Club. It was great to see some familiar names and some new faces join us to do battle for the prizes on the day and fight it out for qualification for the Tour final and Order of Merit awards.
For those not familiar with the format of the Ping Welsh Junior Tour the U14’s category is open to golfers with CONGU handicaps, that meet the entry requirements, and they play 18 holes using the stableford scoring system. The three lower age groups players don’t require handicaps, and play nine holes of modified stableford over a shortened course. All the competitions are mixed, with prizes for the top 3 and the leading male and female players in each category.
The U14’s were the first age group to set out onto the course in chilly conditions and we were treated to some excellent scoring. Mold Golf Club had a number of players supporting this event at their own course and Aled Proffitt had thought his 41 points might have been enough to take home glory. However, he was beaten by a superb score of 43 points by Sebastian Williams (Llantrisant & Pontyclun Golf Club). Sean Moody (Padeswood & Buckley Golf Club) completed the podium finishing with an excellent 40 points. Annabel Collis (Mold Golf Club) ensured the home club’s thriving junior section was represented in the prizes again, by playing steadily to record 33 points and pick up the leading girl prize.
In the U12’s William Pontin (Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club) picked up from where he left off last year by taking another win in the Ping Welsh Junior Tour. He certainly had to work hard for it as his points total of 67 was matched by Aaron Mohun (Wrexham Golf Club) with William just sneaking the win on a tie break. Isaac Jones (St Giles, Newtown) took the final spot on the podium with 64 points. Lowri Davis (Mountain Ash Golf Club) picked up the leading girls prize with a great effort to finish on 53 points.