16 Dec 2004

The Sports Council is particularly pleased that 11 of the 13 players are either current or past numbers of Élite Cymru – the lottery funded programme for talented sportsmen and women in Wales.

Sports Council for Wales Chief Executive Huw Jones said:

"This is obviously great news for Welsh golf. We have more golfers than ever before excelling at the very highest level. We believe that through the Élite Cymru programme, we have been able to make a little difference.

"We’re also keen to pay tribute to the work of the two governing bodies in Wales – the WGU and the WLGU – as all of these players have been nurtured through the amateur ranks."

Rob Holt, manager of Ryder Cup Wales, said: "This is a fantastic achievement by the players themselves and for Welsh golf. The increase in players on the Tour is mirrored by the increase in top class tournaments in Wales for the leading players to enter - the 2005 ‘Wales Summer of Golf’ will include nine events across Wales.

"The future is also looking promising with additional support for golf at all levels. The increased number of tournaments and further investment in golf are a direct result of the successful Ryder Cup bid and are part of the long term benefits of bringing the 2010 event to Wales."