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04 Sep 17

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Around 100 girls were given the chance to give golf a go with Ladies European Tour stars Amy Boulden and Lydia Hall in North and South Wales. The Girls Clinics were held at North Wales golf club and Pyle and Kenfig, with just under 50 girls attending each of the sessions, from more than 30 different clubs, with skills challenges, lessons and the chance to watch such top professionals in action close up.

In North Wales there were 45 girls from 11 different clubs, with four skills challenge stations, a clinic and questions and answer session with Boulden, a lesson with Boulden and golf professional Louise Davies, and nail-painting.

There were 44 girls from 20 different clubs at Pyle and Kenfig, with a warm-up and question and answer session with Hall, driving, pitching, chipping and putting lessons with Hall, club professionals Joe Vickery, Dylan Williams and Huw Williams, along with Wales international Georgia Lewis.

In a Girls v Boys challenge at the end, Hall and Lewis came out victorious, with girls attending the clinic encouraged to caddy, ask questions, tend flags and hit shots out on the course.

The success of the two days was summed up by Denbigh and Flintshire Girls County Organiser Marie Moore, who said, “Mold girls & the D&F County girls had a really enjoyable day, full of fun and a chance to meet Amy and pick up some tips.

“It was a breath of fresh air seeing Amy chat so easily with the girls. They thought she was amazing. Amy is a wonderful ambassador for the girls and a great roll model.

“Mold had a Junior Away Day at Denbigh Golf Club and the girls couldn’t stop talking about Amy and sharing their stories. The nail treatment was also a lovely girly extra which was appreciate by the girls.”

Golf development Wales North Wales officer Kim Boulden added, “It was a fantastic day, a great experience for all involved.

“All the activities were held on the practice ground at the golf club. We had a 5 metre bell tent where the nail artist was based to paint the girls nails if they wished – this went down a treat!.

“The girls were split into two big groups where for 45 minutes they were either having a clinic with Amy, then a lesson from Amy and Louise, or doing the four different skills challenges.

“The girls each received a goody bag which included a hat, lip balm, tee peg pack & a 20% off voucher for New Look store.”

Golf Development Wales south officer Theo Baker said,”We had a really good day at Pyle and Kenfig, we have had a lot of correspondence from the parents since saying how good it was and how much the girls enjoyed it.

“The club were thrilled by how many turned up, Lydia and Georgia enjoyed it as well. The day included a whole group warm up and Q&A led by Lydia, then four different stations where the girls rotated around to try different skills as follows.

“Lydia took the driving, there was pitching with Dylan Williams, chipping with Joe Vickery as well as putting with Huw Williams and Georgia Lewis.

“The Ladies European Tour also supplied us with goodies for the girls and refreshments provided by Radnor Hills.”

The clinics were part of the ongoing programme of Golf Development Wales, building on the success of previous years.

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