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CAREER HOPES FOR WELSH GOLFERS LIFTED

15 Oct 2007

Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd is teaming up with Sports Council Wales to help propel the nation’s future champions to the top.

For the fifth year running Ryder Cup Wales, as a result of Wales staging The 2010 Ryder Cup, has been able to secure invitations from the Challenge Tour to offer to up and coming Welsh golfers to play in events across the world.

Golf professionals across Wales are now being invited to apply for invitations to play on the 2008 Challenge Tour for assessment by Ryder Cup Wales in conjunction with Sports Council Wales. A panel, which includes representatives from the Golf Union of Wales, will assist Ryder Cup Wales in assessing the eligibility of those golfers hoping to take advantage of the invites.

Sports Council Wales currently supports twelve rising golf stars through lottery funding – providing sports science support, medical back-up, career and education advice, coaching, financial help and access to first-class training facilities.

A number of high profile competitors like Stephen Dodd, Bradley Dredge and Solheim Cup player Becky Brewerton have already benefited from the support that has helped them to reach the highest levels.

John Jermine, Chairman of Ryder Cup Wales, said, "As part of our bid to host The 2010 Ryder Cup and our commitments to a Challenge Tour event each year until 2010, we were able to negotiate playing opportunities for young Welsh professional golfers to play in Challenge Tour events throughout Europe. This announcement is yet another example of how Ryder Cup Wales is working in partnership with Sports Council Wales to maximise the golfing legacy of bringing this prestigious event to Wales."

In 2007 six Welsh professionals shared 24 invites and were able to play in 12 tournaments across Europe gaining invaluable experience of international competition. In addition, we gave away 20 spots to Welsh players in the FIRSTPLUS Wales Challenge event in July.

Philip Carling, Chair of Sports Council Wales, explains, "Through this association with Ryder Cup Wales, Sports Council Wales will further help talented golfers in Wales as we export our best talents to all parts of the globe to compete in Challenge Tour events. The hope is that they will gain the experience necessary to achieve PGA European Tour status in their own right."

Players interested in applying for Challenge Tour invites are required to submit an expression of interest with a current CV to Ryder Cup Wales before Tuesday, 27th November 2007 to:

Amy Watkins

Event Manager

Ryder Cup Wales

1st Floor, 2 Fitzalan Road

Cardiff

CF24 0UY

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