Katherine O’Connor was the highest finishing Welsh amateur with an excellent tied 12th at The Shire. Equally impressive was 17-year-old Vale Resort player Darcey Harry who was one shot further back tied 16th.
“It has been great for our players, it was a fantastic series which allowed professionals and amateurs across the UK to sharpen their games and get back to competitive golf,” said Wales Golf director of performance Gillian O’Leary. “It was especially beneficial for our young Welsh female amateurs who were kindly invited to these events. It was not just playing in these events which helped but being able to be around the professional golfers and seeing how they go about their business.”
Amateur events are restarting after a summer of obvious disruption because of COVID-19, but the Wales Golf High Performance department have tried to make the summer worthwhile for their developing players in other ways.
“One thing they can take out of this summer is a chance to take a break and re-assess where they are both on and off the course,” added O’Leary. “We did a series of Q&A sessions with both female and male Welsh professionals who kindly gave their time and shared insights from their experiences, to allow our amateur players to learn what works for them and others in their position. That is a huge positive people can take from this.”
“It has been a difficult summer for everyone missing tournaments. The coaches and everyone involved are desperate to be back helping the players so we are very much looking forward to starting the High Performance Programme, applications for which are now open.”
The Rose Ladies Series was also beneficial for several Welsh professionals. Chloe Williams registered a tied second place in one event, while both Amy Boulden and Becky Morgan were tied fourth along with other strong finishes.
Justin Rose, who contributed over £35,000 in prize money, explained why he stepped in to help.
“I was able to go back and play on the PGA Tour but that wasn’t the same for some ladies tours. I was sad that the Ladies European Tour has been suffering so badly. To me this seemed somewhat unfair so my wife Kate and I felt there was an opportunity to step up and help.”