Club Diary Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club

Pyle & Kenfig Earn National Award

On 3rd Jun 2017
By Dylan
In General

PYLE AND KENFIG EARN NATIONAL AWARD AS

CHAMPIONS OF JUNIOR GRASS ROOTS GOLF

May 31, 2017.

(For free to use picture of Pyle and Kenfig club manager Simon Hopkin receiving the award from Golf Foundation president Sandy Jones, supported by club representatives, please download from following link https://we.tl/sI7diwGivZ )

Pyle and Kenfig golf club have received a national award for helping young people to learn to play golf, in a glittering ceremony at Wentworth.

The club, near Bridgend, were presented with The Bonallack Award at the Golf Foundation Presidents Awards which celebrated 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.

The Welsh club earned the recognition for a project that has helped young people to ‘Start, Learn, Stay’ in golf, creating a pathway that has resulted in a significant increase in junior membership at the golf facility.

Pyle and Kenfig has embraced the development of junior golf over the past 12 months, taking golf into schools and working closely with Golf Development Wales, which has resulted in 47 new junior members, 20 of these being girls.

The club’s vision for junior golf is “to share with the local community the benefits and enjoyment of playing golf, removing all barriers to participation and in doing so introduce new junior boys and girls to the golf club with the aim of them becoming part of our club for the future”.

Club manager Simon Hopkin said, “Thanks to the Golf Foundation and we certainly couldn’t have done this without the great help of Golf Development Wales; we’re so grateful to Hannah, Zoe, Stuart, Theo and the whole team.”

Theo Baker of Golf Development Wales added, “Pyle and Kenfig have already been recognised as the Golf Union of Wales Club of the Year, but to take that a stage further and earn this national award is great recognition for the work they have done.

“From a low point a few years ago they have gone from strength to strength and they are a great club to work with because of their enthusiasm and commitment to growing the game of golf.

““They have increased membership, will host pre-qualifying the the British Senior Open this summer, invested in the course and practice facilities, achieved Golf Development Wales Junior Golf Cert status and won the GUW Junior Inter Club Team Championship.”

Thanks to support from the European Tour, a total of 10 awards were presented in Wentworth Club’s elegant Ballroom to individuals and group projects who exemplify how junior golf can flourish for the good of all.

Chief Executive Brendon Pyle introduced the awards by saying, “When Sir Henry Cotton helped set up this charity in 1952 he recognised the wider value of the sport and how it can bring out the best in young people.

“Today is a celebration of the inspirational work that is being done to help young people enjoy the personal and playing benefits of golf.”

Chairman Stephen Lewis said, “All the winners here today embody the values of our charity and the people behind these projects are really very special.

“They all recognise that our children represent the future of the game and that in turn golf can help nurture good citizens, so it is an absolute privilege to be here to meet them.

“This day wouldn’t be possible without the support of the European Tour and also all of our core supporters who are helping us to make great progress in opening up the game to more youngsters from all backgrounds and abilities.”

Foundation President Sandy Jones added: “This is one of our most wonderful days of the year as we all feel inspired to be part of this dynamic group. The desire and commitment to support young people shines through in every case and makes me feel they are making the game better now, and for the future.”

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* To learn more about the Golf Foundation call 01992 449830 or see www.golf-foundation.org

* For media information on the Golf Foundation, call Ben Evans on 01747 820384 or 07789 722853.

 

* The Golf Foundation is a British charity dedicated to making the game more accessible for young people and helping them to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf.

* The Golf Foundation achieves these objectives through a network of regional development officers helping clubs, schools and community groups, and by working in partnership with the golfing bodies in England, Scotland and Wales.

* The Golf Foundation supports youngsters from many different backgrounds through its national programme, HSBC Golf Roots. HSBC Golf Roots is supported by The R&A, headline sponsor HSBC, The European Tour, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the Ryder Cup, England Golf, Sport England and the British Golf Industry Association’s ‘Grow Golf’ Fund.

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For more information contact Hamish Stuart,

Golf Union of Wales Media Manager.

Phone - 07914 873451

E-mail Hamish@score-media.co.uk .

Note to Editors.

  • The Golf Union of Wales was established on 1st January 2007 following the merger of the Welsh Ladies Golf Union (founded in 1904) and the Welsh Golfing Union (founded in 1895) to administer all amateur golf in Wales
  • The GUW organises and selects all Welsh amateur golf teams.
  • There are 152 member clubs of the Golf Union of Wales, representing a membership of more than 50,000. It is estimated more than 100,000 people play golf in Wales.
  • The GUW maintains, administers and enforces the handicapping system in Wales together with appropriate course ratings systems for ladies and men.
  • Further details are available on the Golf Union of Wales website www.golfunionwales.org
  • The GUW is based in offices at the Celtic Manor Resort. Golf Union of Wales, Catsash, Newport NP18 1JQ.
  • Golf Development Wales is a successful funding partnership between the Golf Union of Wales, the Sports Council for Wales and the Golf Foundation, and was established as a consequence of the successful 2010 Ryder Cup Wales bid. It also has working partnerships with the Professional Golfers Association and Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd.
  • Securing the Future is a development strategy which emphasizes how introducing beginners to golf also helps to build other personal life-skills because of the principles and values inherent in the sport.

 

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Spring Open Results

On 24th Apr 2017
By Huw Williams - Assistant PGA Professional
In General

Spring Open Results 

 

1st -

Lewis Hughes - Gareth Howe - Jack Griffths - Colin Lowry

2nd -

Robert Moore - Alastair Dean - William Hitchcock - Harry Rawlinson

3rd -

Kris Acland - Matt Miller - Dave Dacey - Paul Skinner

4th - 

Roger Parsons - Steve Rock - Owen Money - Brian Jones 

5th - 

John David - Ian Currie - Graham Cathrell - John Farrell 

 

Longest Drive - Kris Acland 

Nearest to the Pin - Mike Cahill 

 

Congratulations to all of our winners and many thanks to everyone who took part.

 

Pyle & Kenfig to host 114th Ladies British Amateur Championship

On 24th Apr 2017
By Dylan
In General

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club
13-17 June 2017

The 114th Ladies British Open Amateur Championship will take place at Pyle & Kenfig from 13-17 June 2017.

Pyle & Kenfig has a rich history of hosting both men’s and women’s amateur championships and international matches.

The course has co-hosted The Amateur Championship three times and was the venue for the Men’s Home Internationals played in 2006.

The Irish team included Rory McIlroy, who won The Open at Hoylake on 2014 to become Champion Golfer of the Year.

In 2009, it hosted the Senior Ladies British Open Amateur Championship and a year later, staged the Welsh Boys Championship.

Affectionally known as ‘P&K’, the course is situated on a wonderful stretch of golfing country on the South Wales coast, thus undulating course with its natural hazard of hillocks, valleys and towering dunes is considered one of Great Britain’s finest links courses.

 

For further details please follow the link below:

The 114th Ladies British Open Amateur Championship will take place at Pyle & Kenfig from 13-17 June 2017. 

http://www.randa.org/Championships/LadiesBritishOpenAmateurChampionship

 

Pyle & Kenfig Win Golf Club of the Year

On 9th Mar 2017
By Dylan
In General

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Pyle and Kenfig has been recognised with the Golf Union of Wales Golf Club of the Year Award as they prepare to welcome some of the world's best senior players again this summer.

The Mid Glamorgan course will be a pre-qualifier for the Seniors British Open at Royal Porthcawl this summer, having earned plaudits from competitors in 2014, however there is much more to the club which helped them claim the prestigious title.

They were part of a very strong shortlist, which also included Bryn Meadows, Clyne, Lakeside, Garthmyl, former winners Langland Bay, Milford Haven and Pennard.

Pyle and Kenfig were shortlisted last year, with a lot of their on-going initiatives helping them to earn the award as they came to fruition in 2016.

The last five years have seen one of the top courses in Wales become much more customer focussed, which has resulted in an increase of 65 new adult members across all categories, 47 new junior members almost half of whom were girls.

They also increased visitor fees by £10,000, invested £150,000 in the course, improved practice facilities, secured funding to develop a nine hole course, achieved the Golf Development Wales Junior Golf Cert and delivered community outreach programmes.

The club's junior team won the Junior Inter Club Team Championship, while they co-hosted the Amateur Championship in 2016 and will host the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship this summer as well as the Senior Open qualifiers.

“It has been an incredible five years, almost a roller coaster ride because we were desperate,” admitted club captain Roger Parsons.

“We were really up against it, we offered a £399 membership just to get heads in the golf club, but what we found was that those golfing nomads came and a year later they went so we addressed the situation.

“We needed to do a lot of work first so we developed the driving range, the putting green and the practice area. We are building a nine hole golf course, we put a golf simulator in, improved the gents and ladies lockers rooms and generally have done the facade of the golf club.

“We improved everything so when people came there local clubs they felt it was something special, somewhere they would want to be a member.

“The golf course is playable 24/7, 365 days of the year, so we have attracted new members and we have tried to endear them to us with functions, loads of things going on there.

“The junior set up is amazing. A year ago we had around 10-12 and they were the basis of the Welsh junior club team being looked after and nurtured - but we had nobody behind them.

“We had to reduce the fees, but these kids are being brought up with the Pyle and Kenfig badge which means we have 80 kids now we are nurturing and coaching.

“This is an historic award for us, the first time we have ever had the recognition, it is an accolade we are proud and privileged to achieve as a golf club. I am just lucky as I happen to be the captain this year, but the committee and everyone has worked tirelessly.

“We will get our golf flags branded with Welsh Golf Club of the Year, everything we produce will include that, our website and so on, because we are so pleased.

“We came close the last two years, but this year we put in an extra special effort to achieve it and, yes, we are very proud.”

“The Welsh golf awards are about so much more than just the professionals who represent Wales around the world, there is so much good work going on at golf clubs all around Wales,” said Golf Union of Wales chief executive Richard Dixon.

“Pyle and Kenfig are one of our traditional clubs with a big reputation, but they have gone through a considerable transformation both on and off the course.

“They have improved so much from the thriving junior section, the improved practice facilities, the nine hole course, the clubhouse and the course.

“They have turned round their membership numbers and shown what can be done.

“There is so much in Welsh golf to celebrate at the moment, a small nation punching above our weight, so it was great to have the opportunity to showcase that at former Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor.”

P&K Juniors off to winning start in Portugal

On 15th Feb 2017
By Dylan
In General

News Just in from the Juniors in Morgado Portugal.

Morgado Golf and Country Club, Nr Portimao, Algarve, Portugal.

Well done P&K!

P&K are off to a great start in the Championships in Portugal, yesterday they played Bothwell Castle Golf Club who were representing Scotland and P&K won 4.5 to 1.5 Great individual and team effort with Tom Peet, Ioan Consitt and Emilie and Brodi Lewis all winning their individual matches. 

Today sees the P&K team play the England team from Cuddington Golf Club in Surrey, so lets hope for another win!

 

For more updates follow the juniors on their facebook page:

 

https://www.facebook.com/PyleandKenfigjuniors