Farr sets sights on Tour after being named Welsh Pro of the Year
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March 26, 2018.
Welsh golfer Oliver Farr picked up the Wales Golf Touring Professional of the Year Award – and turned his sights on retaining his European Tour card.
The 30-year-old former Welsh international from Hereford picked up the award at the Wales Golf Awards ceremony held in the Samuel Ryder Suite at the 2010 Clubhouse and sponsored by One Golf Network, a marketing and distribution network for golf clubs.
It followed a season when Farr finished seventh on the Challenge Tour, including a win at the Foshan Open, regaining his place on the European Tour after a gap of one year.
Amongst the other winners was former Golf Union of Wales director of performance and Walker Cup captain Nigel Edwards, who received a special achievement award.
“I was in a bit of a hangover period at the start of last year, sorted myself out midway through the season, changed a few things mentally and started playing some great golf,” said Farr.
“Luckily the win came at the end of the season and to win again was great, in golf you don’t win that much and the bonus of getting my card back was extra.
“To win this award today is good as well because there are so many great players from Wales out on Tour and who have won this before so it is a huge honour.
“I feel I have not performed as well this season as I wanted to. The game feels good, but I haven’t had that competitive flow as yet and we have done a lot of travel in recent weeks.
“It will be good to get back into Europe, play more week in, week out and hopefully I can get some really good results and achieve what I know I can.
“I refer back to amateur days all the time. I always say that if I did not have the Welsh golf experience I do not think I would be in this position as a touring pro.
“I would be a professional, but not a touring professional. Wales Golf helped me become a tournament player and to have that for five years under the influence of Nigel Edwards was fantastic for me.
“I cannot thank them enough for what they did for me in those five or six years.”
Former Walker Cup player and captain Edwards, who represented Wales 15 times in the Home Internationals, was presented with a special Achievement Award, while the Welsh Amateur of the Year went to European Nations Cup winner Jack Davidson
“It is always great to recognise some of the golfing work which goes on around Wales and the successes that brings at all levels,” said Wales golf chief executive Richard Dixon.
“That can be a 4-year-old enjoying a junior session in North Wales or Oliver Farr winning a Challenge Tour event and earning his place back on the European Tour, there is much to celebrate about Welsh golf.
“Oliver Farr and Jack Davidson had great seasons, both were in the winner’s circle and while Ollie regained his European Tour card we will hope to see Jack joining him there in the not too distant future.”
Picture captions: 346 is Golf Development Wales PGA Pro of the Year Robin Hughes from the North Wales club.
352 is Volunteer of the Year Shauna Lyons, from the North Wales club.
370 Amateur Golfer of the Year Jack Davidson.
377 and 381 Junior Club of the Year Mountain Ash.
399 Welsh tour Professional of the Year Oliver Farr.
406, Bryn Meadows owner Gary Mayo, Wales Golf Club of the Year.
412 Special Achievement Award Nigel Edwards.