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Tynan and Ashfield claim Welsh amateur titles on magical weekend of golf at Pennard

Welsh internationals Ffion Tynan and James Ashfield claimed national amateur titles - in very different fashions.

Duo scoop top national prizes hours before competing in Home Internationals

Welsh internationals Ffion Tynan and James Ashfield claimed national amateur titles – in very different fashions.

Both players, who went on to feature in the Home Internationals, were crowned at Pennard.

Ashfield, who plays out of Delamere Forest, demolished Alex James 8&7 in what was the perfect preparation for playing on the DP World Tour in the Cazoo Open at Celtic Manor.

“I played in the Cazoo Open last year,” he said.

“That was a bit more of an experience just taking part, this year I am there to compete – I want to go out there and perform.

“I learned a lot about mindset last year, along with the importance of distance control with the irons and putting.

“I have worked really hard on those things and I think that helped a lot this week as well. Winning the Amateur feels really good to see that hard work paying off.

“I was able to enjoy the final towards the end, after we had traded some blows earlier on, after a really tough semi-final against Matt Roberts which I won on the 18th, after winning a good match against former champion Luke Harries in the quarters.

“I reached the semis last year and I have become a lot more professional in my approach since then, so I came here with the goal of winning.”

Meanwhile, Tynan – a member at Kenfig – had a tougher time in the women’s final, being taken to the 19th hole by close friend Darcy Harry, despite her opponent managing a hole-in-one.

“I was involved in a few great matches, they were all nip and tuck but I was able to hole some putts at key moments,” said Tynan.

“Darcy is my best friend, she’s my foursomes partner, so I was really pleased for her when she got the hole-in-one because I knew it was her first.

“The key spell was getting birdies on six, seven, eight and nine. Darcy and I halved eight and nine in birdies. It was strange, we wanted the best for each other but we wanted to win as well.”

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