THE potential of youth was underlined once again at the Principality Junior Wales Open when the overall title was won by Abertillery Comprehensive School student Lewis Jones who, at the age of 15, beat boys three years his senior to claim the overall trophy.
Competing in the Under-15 age group, Lewis shot a superb round of 75, four over par, to win by two shots and claim a year’s honorary membership of the Twenty Ten Course where the final was played.
A Welsh academy player with a handicap of two, Lewis said it was the biggest tournament win of his career so far.
“I’ve only been playing golf for about five years,” he said. “This feels like a great achievement to win this tournament on a Ryder Cup course against players three years older than me.
“I come to the Golf Academy here quite often with the Welsh squad but I had only played the Twenty Ten Course once before. I just kept it going out there because I knew everybody else would be struggling in the wind.
“I’m looking forward to coming back regularly now to use my membership. It’s a fantastic golf course.”
As well as his Celtic Manor club membership, Lewis and all 10 age category winners won prizes from Welsh golf merchandise company Asbri.
In all, nearly 400 junior golfers entered five qualifying competitions which took place during the Easter holidays at Vale of Llangollen, Radyr, Langland Bay, Builth Wells and Celtic Manor’s Roman Road course.
Congratulations Lewis a fanastic achievement. Everyone in Abertillery is very proud of you!