Two Golf Union of Wales coaches have been promoted to help Welsh golf's elite amateur players, with both coming up through the ranks of the GUW system to the top level.
Wrexham's Paul Williams will take over as the National Female Coach, replacing Jeremy Bennett who has moved to a role with the English Golf Union, whilst continuing to work with the North Regional Girls squad.
Gareth James, from another Wrexham course Clays, moves up from North Nursery and North East Academy coach to take over three of the Regional squads. Both will carry on with some of their development roles as well.
The two coaches were appointed after an internal interview process, the fact they have both come up through the Golf Union of Wales ranks is a huge benefit and shows the coaching development system in a positive light.
“Paul will take over from Jeremy Bennett after the completion of the Ladies Home Internationals in mid-September. Paul will also continue to coach the North Regional Girls squad as he has done for the last few years,” said Golf Union of Wales director of performance Ben Waterhouse.
“In addition Gareth James will move from North Academy coach and will take over as Regional South Boys and Regional South Girls coach from John Peters, he will also take over the Regional North Boys squad from Paul.
“Both Paul and Gareth went through an internal interview process which confirmed the quality of their knowledge and experience alongside a genuine passion for the development of Welsh players and teams. I would like to congratulate them on their promotions.
Paul Williams is father and coach to Wales international Chloe Williams, so he is delighted to have landed his dream job.
“I really am over the moon. I applied for this role seven years ago thinking I was ready, but I have learned so much through the Golf Union coaching system over the last seven years that I know now I wasn't,” he said.
“Chloe is delighted for me, but she will be treated just the same as any other player – which is what she would expect. She is developing as a leader within the team this year, and I am sure there is more to come from her and the other players.”
James is about to become even more familiar with the roads between North and South Wales as a result of his appointments, but he is pleased to be moving further up the Welsh golf coaching ladder.
“I cannot wait to get going,” he said. I have enjoyed my time looking after the academy and nursery players and am really looking forward to moving up to dealing more with the Wales international players.
“I will be at Clays three days a week and will still keep coaching my players in North Wales, but then I will be travelling down to Celtic Manor at weekend for the South Wales squads.
“We do not have the numbers of some other countries, but we have a very good record for punching above our weight – the Wales Boys finishing in the top flight in Europe being one example of that.”