4 Mar 2008

Confirming itself once again as a golfing powerhouse, Wales is today celebrating victory in the International Teams Event - the forerunner to the Glacier SA Amateur Championship at Royal Durban Golf Club.

Cardiff’s Nigel Edwards, ranked 27th in the world and the winner of the 2006 SA Amateur, and Craig Evans of West Monmouthshire, the 1994 Welsh amateur champion, finished the 36-hole competition with a total of 291 for a five-stroke victory.

The competition was played during the 36-hole stroke play qualifier for the Glacier SA Amateur Championship, which also concluded on Monday.

Germany's Max Fischer and Marius Junker finished second in the team event on a total of 296, with South Africa third on 297. South Africa's Dylan Frittelli posted rounds of 75 and 71 while teammate Jacques Blaauw scored rounds of 77 and 74.

"It's a good start to the week for us," said Edwards. "Craig had a good round on the first day and I had a good one on the second, so we're delighted to have won it. Hopefully now we'll be able to take this form into the main match play section of the SA Amateur and contest there as well."

All eyes now rest on the match play in South Africa as well as events closer to home. Wrexham’s Breanne Loucks and Bridgend’s Sahra Hassan are facing an anxious wait to discover if they have been picked for this summer’s Curtis Cup team. The announcement will be made later this week (6 March).

291 Wales (Nigel Edwards 74 71, Craig Evans 70 76)
296 Germany (Max Fischer 71 76, Marius Junker 72 77)
297 South Africa (Jacques Blaauw 77 74, Dylan Frittelli 75 71)
304 England (Greg Blainey 78 78, Sam Stuart 75 73)
313 Namibia (Francois Hanekom 78 74, Schalk van der Merwe 81 80)
315 Zimbabwe (Shain Johnson 76 85, Tich Musemburi 72 82)
319 Zambia (Eto Kabudula 78 84, Obed Sholoma 79 78)
320 Denmark (Kristian Grud 73 82, Nicolai Aagaard 83 82)