Royal St David's to host world's top amateurs

Many of the world's top amateur golfers will converge on North West Wales to take part in the Welsh Open Stroke Play at Royal St David's in Harlech.

European Tour star Eddie Pepperell was the winner the last time the course hosted the Welsh Open in 2010, with players coming from all over the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, South Africa, Spain, USA, France and the Netherlands.

GUW Chief Executive Richard Dixon said, "We are delighted with the strength of the entry for this year's Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship. Royal St David's Golf Club is a fantastic venue for the event and will provide a real test for all of the players."

Royal St David's Club Manager and Head Professional Gareth Lewis said, "We have a long history of holding top level events at our club and are very much looking forward to once again hosting the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship.

"The course is in tremendous condition and I am sure will be enjoyed by all of the players."

More that 200 entered, with the top 144 competing. All of the Wales squad will be there including Ben Chamberlain, two time winner of the Welsh Boys Championship, Evan Griffith, 2014 Welsh Amateur Champion, and Tom Williams, 2015 Welsh Open Youths Champion.

They will all be trying to emulate Rhys Pugh, who was the last Welsh player to win the title back in 2013.

Royal St David's was Welsh Golf Club of the year in 2010 and has hosted multiple major events for amateurs and professionals.

There will be a strong Scottish contingent headed by national squad members Calum Fyfe, Matthew Clark, Barry Hume, along with England internationals Adam Chapman and Ashton Turner who will be hoping to follow 2015 winner Jimmy Mullen.

The entire field will play 36 holes over the first two days (20th/21st May) before being cut to the top 45 and ties for the last two rounds to take place on Sunday 22nd May with the leaders expected to start their final round at around 2;30pm.