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"Dylan James Thomas" Pontardawe's Up and Coming Junior Golfer

Thursday 27th of March 2014 14:26
World Cahampionships Pinehurst 2013

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All clubs have young budding golf stars and would like to believe they have the next young Tiger Woods or Rory Mcllroy. Pontardawe Golf club is no different and has quite a few potential golfing superstars. This article is about Dylan James Thomas, a junior member at Pontardawe Golf Club. The club has a really popular talented junior section with girls and boys showing some superb golfing skills in their regular Monday night junior coaching sessions, organised by junior leader Anne Evans and coached by golf professional Baden Jones.

I've been fortunate to play numerous rounds of golf with Dylan, and for an eleven year old his feet seem firmly planted on the ground. He has a incredible enthusiasm and passion for the game and shows astonishing golfing talents for a youngster, his psychological outlook on the game is second to none. In general his attitude towards life appears to be very happy go lucky and there never seems to be a dull moment when you're in his company. He is an absolute pleasure to play golf with and possesses an incredible ability to enjoy himself in the company of all fellow golfers.

The downside of his prowess for me, is he regularly takes money of myself and other full members in the Sunday Diddly and on away days with us to other courses.

I thought long and hard about how to document Dylan's achievement's then came up with the idea of letting Dylan tell us himself.

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My name is Dylan James Thomas and I'm 11 years old (born 4thMarch 2003). I attended Dunvant Primary School. I live with my mum and dad and my two sisters Charlotte & Emilly

I play football for Garden Village AFC, but my favourite sport is golf and one day I hope to play in the BRITISH OPEN!!!!!

I really enjoy being a member of Pontardawe Golf Club and I am coached by Baden Jones. I have been playing golf since the age of 4, and I entered my first competition in July 2009

2009

Wee Wonders British Open Championships. I won the Regional Final for Wales at Summerhill Golf Club and qualified for the grand finals at St Andrews as the Wee Wonders U7's Welsh Champion.

On an August bank holiday weekend 2009 I played on the Balgove Course at St Andrews. After a slow start in very windy weather I was placed 2nd in my age group and 4th overall qualifying for the world championships

1stround – 46

2ndround – 42

3rdround – 36 (lowest round recorded for my age group in the competition)

2010

US Kids Golf European Championships (Gullane) – Placed 16th

August 2010 US kids World Championships at Pinehurst, North Carolina, America. I was placed 24thof 90 boys in the under 7's category (the only Welsh boy entered!!!!)

1stround - 42

2ndround - 38

3rdround - 42

June 2010 I travelled to the Longniddry Golf Club, East Lothian, Scotland for the European Championships where I finished 16th.

1stround - 42

2ndround - 39

3rdround - 37

I again travelled to St Andrews for the British Championships in August 2010 and played in the 7-8 year old category finishing 3rd

I played in the Welsh Open Mini Masters at Celtic Manor in October 2010 and finished 2nd(missing out by one shot!)

Selected for the County squad.

Competitions on the British Junior Golf Tour – Academy player

28.10.09 Halesowen G.C. Winner

07.11.09 Magnolia Park G.C. Runner Up

30.01.10 Forest Pines G.C. Winner (Major comp)

21.02.10 Pachesham G.C. 4th

21.03.10 Llanymynach Runner Up

28.03.10 Sunningdale G.C. 5th (Major comp)

08.04.10 3 Hammers G.C. 3rd (Major comp)

12.04.10 Wharton G.C. Winner

16.04.10 South Staffordshire G.C. Winner

08.05.10 Broughton Heath G.C. Winner

11.08.10 Heythrop Park G.C.( Grand Final) 3rd

Order of Merit Winner 2010 on British Junior Golf Tour

2011

Competitions on the British Junior Golf Tour – Academy player

(This season was limited for Golf Competitions)

14.04.11 Hoebridge Park G.C. (Major comp & World Championship Qualifier) 2nd

Qualified for Callaway World Championships 2011 in San Deigo July 2011.

30.04.11 3 Hammers (Major comp) hole in one on 9th Winner

May 2011 I attended the European Championships again at Longniddry. I was asked by US Kids Golf to be the official Welsh representative at the opening ceremony

02.06.11 US Kids European Championships finished 5th

October 2011, I played in the Welsh Open Mini Master at Celtic Manor finishing 3rd.

Qualified for US Kids Golf World Championships 2011 Pinehurst August 2011.

Wee Wonders British Open Championships Finished 7th

Joined Pontardawe Golf Club 2011 with 30 handicap and played off yellow tees with full members

Probus Cup Winner

2012

Selected for County U12's

I travelled to East Lothian, Scotland for the European Championships in June 2012 (played the Gullane 3 course) where I placed 4th.

1stround – 80

2ndround – 71

3rdround – 75

07.06.12 European Championships 4thPlace

County Squad Order of Merit U12’s Winner

August 2012 I again travelled to St Andrews for the Wee Wonders British Open Championships and finished 3rd.

Qualified for US Kids Golf World Championships 2012 Pinehurst August 2012.

I held a regular team position in the Pontardawe Stones Team

2012

2012 Pontardawe Golf Club

Handicap dropped to 21

Started playing in the Sunday Diddly

Played in Winter League

Played for the Stones Team

Ann Evans Cup Winner (partnering Bradley Dyment-Jones)

Doug Roberts Junior Cup Winner

Junior Challenge Shield Winner

Junior Championship Net Runner Up

2013

Selected for the Welsh Nursery Squad

Selected for County U12's

Played for the Pontardawe Stones Team

Principality Junior Wales Open U13 – 3rd (39 points) – Qualified for Final at Celtic Manor Resort in July 2013.

28.05.13 European Championships (Gullane) 14th

06.08.13 World Championship (Pinehurst, North Carolina) Placed 66th (140 entries)

2013 Pontardawe Golf Club

Junior Order of Merit 2nd

Anne Evans Cup 2nd(partnering Abigail Dyment-Jones)

Viv Morgan Match play 2nd

Junior Scratch Match play 2nd

T J Junior Cup 2nd

Jnr. Challenge Shield 2nd

Jnr. Championship Gross Boys Winner

Jnr. Championship Net Boys Winner

Cefn Llan Bowl(Senior Comp) Winner (partnering Jac Rogers)

I'm really looking forward to the Pontardawe Golf Club 2014 season and have already been selected play in the Junior European Championships in May 2014 in Scotland.

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That's quite an impressive list of achievements from an 11 year old Pontardawe Golf Club junior member. It is also a testament to all the hard work and practice that Dylan puts in, along with his coaches sponsors and family. It's a wonder he hasn't worn the practice green out, with the number of hours he spends perfecting his putting stroke.

I know, Dylan's family have all worked tirelessly to provide for his passion of golf and take him to tournaments all over the this country, as well as far away parts of the world.

Dylan is a credit to you his family, to Pontardawe Golf Club and most importantly himself.

Well Done Dylan, all the best for 2014