29 Oct 2007

The man behind Nick Faldo’s return to form has been appointed by the Golf Union of Wales to sharpen the skills of Wales’ most talented female amateur players.

Jeremy Bennett – a European Tour player of 11 years and former Rookie of the Year winner – is recognised for his success in putting Faldo’s career back on track in 2002. He has also worked successfully with Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros and Paul Casey.

As soon as the contract is signed and sealed, the highly accomplished coach will be ready to start work with Wales’ top female amateurs including Breanne Loucks and Sahra Hassan.

Bennett, 47, from Camberley has already proved his credentials in the female game, having worked with Melissa Reid, Henrietta Brockway, Carly Booth and Kieran Matharu. He also brings experience to the Wales job from his position as head golf professional of the Faldo Series - a group of players, which included Oliver Fisher, hand-picked by Nick Faldo to receive support and advice.

Joining the golf guru in Wales’ coaching team is Neil Matthews who will be leaving his post as resident professional for Pontypool Golf Club. He will also take on the role as National Coach and will predominantly look after the men’s and boys’ squads but will also work with Wales’ female teams. Already, he coaches four of the 2007 Welsh men’s elite squad as well as a number of junior internationals.

Richard Dixon, Chief Executive of Golf Union of Wales, explains:

"The Golf Union of Wales is extremely delighted with the appointments and is looking forward to both Neil and Jeremy taking our teams, squads and players forward with great enthusiasm and success. The two appointments will of course build on the excellent work of David Llewellyn and Christine Langford during their time as National Coaches."

In January 2007, golf in Wales became a united force when the men’s and women’s golfing unions of Wales merged as one, single effective unit. Wales is the first nation within Great Britain and Ireland to do so.

Dixon added, "Having merged men’s and women’s golf, we were looking for a fresh direction in order to drive forward the game with vigour. Together with our two new appointments, we are confident that we will continue delivering success at the very highest levels."

For more information and interview requests, contact Nigel Edwards at Golf Union of Wales on 0 or email

Notes to Editors:

Bennett and Matthews are scheduled to start work from 1 January 2008 onwards