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Two talented Pontardawe Golf Club Juniors make The Golfing Union of Wales South West Academy Squad.

Thursday 9th of October 2014 14:12
Dylan and Jac fly the flag for Pontardawe Golf Club

A big congratulations to "Jac Rogers" and "Dylan Thomas" who have both been selected for the Golfing Union of Wales South West Academy Squad. It's just reward for all the hard effort they have both put into their game this season, along with continual improvement in their golfing skill levels.

Dylan, coached by Baden Jones has been a member of the Welsh nursery squad for some time and qualified for nursery squad by trials and tests of his golfing skills last season. He has constantly improved his golfing skills, winning club competitions along with adding two hole in one's to his name this year. He has also given a very credible account of himself in Welsh and European competitions this year. As reward for his hard work and commitment to the game along with his continual improving skills he has been promoted from the nursery squad into the Golfing Union of Wales South West Academy Squad.

Jac's qualification to be part of the Golfing Union of Wales South West Academy Squad this year began after his golf coach Mark Govier suggested he put a golfing synopsis of his achievements to date together for him to be considered for the annual Welsh trials. Jac was very pleased to receive an invite to attend the trials held over two days at the Celtic Manor Golf Club on the 27th and 28th of September.

On the first day Saturday 27th, there were 43 entrants at the introductory presentation for the trials from throughout Wales, which would be halved after the first days assessment and trials, with some disappointed youngsters being sent home.

First day trials consisted of

  • ·Wedge skills test
  • ·Power lines putting competition
  • ·Power lines chipping competition
  • ·Video assessment

Jac was one of the fortunate ones that was invited back to the second day of the trials which consisted of a full competition round, where trialists were followed by the coaches and selectors. The pressure was very intense, but Jac managed to hold his nerve and put in a commendable performance. After that it was all down to the selectors and whether Jac had done enough to impress them.

It seemed like the wait for the squad announcement took forever but on the following Thursday, Jac received notification of his successful selection to the Golfing Union of Wales South West Academy Squad.


"It appears that thanks to the Junior Leader Anne Evans, supporting coaches and members, that Pontardawe Golf Club has got the junior set up just right and the club firmly believe that their junior section will continue to provide some very talented youngsters for the national squads. The main thing is the juniors are enjoying their golf and being part of the Pontardawe Golf Club junior set up, with quite a few of them already making names for themselves and becoming forces to be reckoned with in the golfing circles. The club has a lot of up and coming junior golfers who I am sure will follow in Jac and Dylan's footsteps. It's not very often a golf club can say they've got two junior golfers in the same Golfing Union of Wales South West Academy Squad "



Again a massive congratulations to Jac and Dylan and all the junior golfers that qualified for the Golfing Union of Wales South West Academy Squad 2014/15

Jac Rogers      Pontardawe G.C

Dylan Thomas Pontardawe G.C

  Andrew Brisbane Machynys G.C

  Aled Greville   Ashburnham G.C

Elis Hopkins            Neath G.C

   Iestyn Hopkins  Carmarthen G.C

Hari Pachu            Gower G.C

   Myles Protheroe   Maesteg G.C

  Bryn Thomas        Cilgwyn G.C

Harry Watkins        Grove G.C


Jac's confirmation letter of successful selection to the South West Academy squad


Friday 3rd October 2014

Dear Jac

Golf Union of Wales South West Academy Squad 2014 / 2015

On behalf of the Golf Union of Wales, I write to congratulate you on your selection for the South West Academy squad. The sessions will usually take place at the Machynys Peninsula GC with GUW coach Rhys Harry who can be contacted via rhyswcagolf@gmail.com and 07901 713015.

The squad programme will begin immediately so please note the following dates;

Saturday 18th& Sunday 19th October – squad match with North, South East and South West squads at Machynys Peninsula GC. Further details will be provided in the near future.

Saturday 25thOctober – normal squad session at Machynys.

Sunday 9thNovember – 3D Bio-Mechanics session with Mark Bull at Machynys, you will be allocated a time slot by Rhys in the near future.

All further dates will be provided by your coach at the first squad session.

Unless specified you will be expected to arrive by 08:45am and leave at 17:00pm on each day. Please note that you will be responsible for any travel and food / refreshments costs incurred attending these sessions.

In addition to your golf equipment, you should bring to each session;

A notepad and pen / pencil

Suitable clothing for the weather conditions

Food and drink to last for the duration of the session i.e. a packed lunch

Squad places are very difficult to select for and we have many players who would like to be involved and for this reason we expect high levels of attendance and commitment at sessions. Players may be moved up, down or even out of the squad programme depending on performance and attitude.

Please find enclosed a list of the players’ names and contact details, as this may be of assistance when arranging transport to and from the squad coaching sessions.

A £100 subscription is payable to the Golf Union of Wales upon your acceptance to the squad. This fee will go towards the running costs of the programme which will include (as a minimum) all coaching fees, strength & conditioning support, 3D Bio-Mech analysis, psychology support, nutrition & hydration advice.

Your coach will be in touch shortly but if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Ben Waterhouse

Director of Performance

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