European Tour star Jamie Donaldson has added another prize to his glittering season by claiming the Future Financials Golf Union of Wales Welsh professional of the year award.

Amy Boulden (pictured) capped her final year before joining the professional ranks with the Amateur of the Year award, while Langland Bay in Swansea were the Club of the Year, Glyn Abbey's Mike Davies the PGA Professional of the Year and Pontnewydd's Hannah Harris was the Volunteer of the Year at the Golf Union of Wales awards, sponsored by Future Financials.

Donaldson's Dad Jim was on hand to collect the award and said family responsibilities had helped Jamie's continual rise through the European Tour and world rankings.

Donaldson junior could not attend the ceremony at the Celtic Manor following the birth of his second child, Isla Harriett, but he is already third on the 2014 Race to Dubai rankings having finished in fifth place in 2013.

"Before his son Max was born he earned around 150,000, then the next year he earned 1.3 million and with the birth of his daughter imminent he cleared well over two million," said Jim Donaldson.

"We are hoping for an even bigger year next year. He has always been a late starter, turned pro at 25, 255 European Tour events without a win, but since then he has gone from strength to strength."

Boulden missed out on an automatic place in next season's Ladies European Tour, finishing 34th at final qualifying with the top 30 earning exemption.

However she is bound to get plenty of event invites on the back of her stellar amateur career and is looking to emulate the achievements of Solheim Cup star Charlie Hull who finished outside the top 30 qualifying last year but then ended up being Rookie of the Year after making the most of her opportunities.

"It is always nice to get an award like this and particularly nice to be here to receive it," said 20-year-old Boulden from Conwy and Llandudno/Maesdu.

"It was also nice to be here with the Wales Ladies team who won the Home Internationals this year, that was great for Welsh golf.

"It was disappointing for me to miss out at final qualifying but the key thing is to put that behind me and grab the opportunities when I do get invites.

"Charley Hull was in a similar position this time last year and but ended up playing in the Solheim Cup."

Langland Bay were the club of the year after coming close in the last two years. Club manager Andrew Minty was delighted to get recognition after missing out before.

"This is great for our members and staff, the key for us is trying to do things differently to other clubs," he said.

"We have taken the initiatives from Golf Development Wales and followed them through. We have had an extensive marketing promotion and campaign through social media.

"Communication was very important in keeping our current members happy, to make them feel there is more to membership than handing over a cheque every year."

Glyn Abbey's Mike Davies was the Golf Development Wales club pro of the year for his work opening up golf to people with disability, as well as his work with juniors and club members.

"The job of a club pro these days is much more about the development side and we really focus on that," he said.

"We are very inclusive in our coaching and the club have embraced that, which is what I love about Glyn Abbey. The best occasion of the year for me is when we have a golf day with 50 volunteers who give up their time to help those with various disabalities, that is the most rewarding day for me."

Pontnewydd's Hannah Harris has played a key role in galvanising an impressive group of volunteers which has helped add 83 new members to the oldest golf course in Wales.

"The first record of golf being played at Pontnewydd was in 1875, there has been golf there since then and we were very conscious of keeping it going so it can be there for another 100 years," she said.

"We knew we had to change and there was a big commitment from the club to do that, with a lot of support from Golf Development Wales though that also comes with a level of commitment from us to follow through."

 

 

 


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