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Second-time success tastes sweet for Tara.

Byline: trevor PEAKE

TARA DAVIS claimed the Welsh Ladies Closed Championship at Aberdovey with a 4& 3 victory over her Welsh international team mate Lucy Gould in the final.

Victory was all the more sweet for the Holyhead 20-year-old as she lost in the final to Wrexham's Breanne Loucks at Royal St David's in 2007.

"It was a brilliant few days and I'm delighted to have won," said Davies, who has set her sights on making the Great Briain Vagliano Trophy team to face Europe in Germany in July.

"My best match was the semi-final when I beat Gemma (Bradbury) by one hole and then I played really well in the final and was always in front.

"I won the first, fourth and ninth to be three up, Gemma pulled one back at the 11th, then I won the 14th and 15th to take the match."

Tara Davies "It's the biggest win of my career so far and I will play in all the amateur events this summer before going to the European Tour School for the first time in Spain in January."

Davies was in fourth place after her qualifying rounds of 79-74 on 153, 10 strokes behind Rhian Wyn Thomas from Vale of Glamorgan, who finished seven clear after shooting 74-69, with Gould a stroke behind Davies on 154 after shooting 79-75.

In the first round of the matchplay Davies gained revenge over Kelly Miller from Penrhos, who beat her at the same stage last year when the championship was held at The Monmouthshire. Davies won by two holes, having lost by one hole in their last meeting.

In the quarter-finals Davies then crushed Natasha Gobey from Rhondda 8& 6 before edging out Gemma Bradbury from Cottrell Park by one hole

in the semi-final.

Gould, from the Bargoed club, beat Anna Carling from the Vale of Glamorgan club 2& 1 in the first round.

Llangollen's Stephanie Evans, the beaten finalist last year by one hole in the quarter-finals and then beat leading qualifier Wyn Thomas by the same margin in the semi-final.

Davies, Evans, Maesdu's Amy Boulden, Donna Jones (Caernarfon) and Laura King (Ruthin/Pwllglas) were the North Walians who reached the matchplay stages.

Fifteen-year-old Boulden shot a pair of 75s to finish in a share of second place with Gemma Bradbury, but then had to quit the competition as planned because she had to return to school for a GCSE maths exam.

Katie Bradbury also had to pull out creating two place for Jones and King who had finished 17th and 18th in the qualifying competition.

Unfortunately Jones and King didn't get past the first round, Jones losing 2& 1 to Bradbury and King 6& 5 by Wyn Thomas.

Defending champion Kirsty O'Connor from Nelson, who beat Evans by two holes in last year's final, qualified in 12th place on 159 but then lost in the first round to Hannah Jenkins from Cradoc at the first extra hole.

Mold's Beth Davies reached the final of the Valentine Plate, for those who didn't make it through to the matchplay stages, but lost 3& 1 to Becky Harries of Haverfordwest.

Davis beat Bargoed's Denise Richards at the 19th and Jessica Jones from Wrexham 5& 3 en route to the final.

Harries beat Emma Guerreiro of Tenby 7& 6 and also triumphed over Wrexham's Chloe Williams 5& 4.

QUALIFYING SCORES: 143 - Rhian Wyn Thomas (Vale of Glamorgan) 74-69; 150 - Amy Boulden (Maesdu) 75-75; Gemma Bradbury (Cottrell Park) 76-74; 153 - Tara Davies (Holyhead) 79-74; 154 - Lucy Gould (Bargoed) 79-75; 155 - Stephanie Evans (Llangollen) 79-76; 156 - Katie Bradbury (Cottrell Park) 78-78; Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 78-78; 157 - Hannah Jenkins (Cradoc) 82-75; Jane Rees (Hendon) 79-78; Katherine O'Connor (Tadmarton Heath) 77-80; 159 - Kirsty O'Connor (Nelson) 80-79; 160 - Natasha Gobey (Rhondda) 84-76; Rachel Lewis (Newport) 83-77; Anna Carling (Vale of Glamorgan) 81-79; 161 - Kelly Miller (Penrhos) 83-78; Donna Jones (Caernarfon) 82-79 Laura King (Ruthin/Pwllglas) 77-84.

Matchplay: Wyn Thomas bt King 6& 5; Kath O'Connor bt Rees 1up; Evans bt Lewis 5& 4; Gould bt Carling 2& 1; Davies bt Miler 2up; Gobey bt Birks 3& 2; Jenkins bt Kirsty O'Connor at 19th; G Bradbury bt Jones 2& 1. Quarter-finals: Wyn Thmas bt O'Connor 4& 3; Gould bt Evans 1up; Davies bt Gobey 8& 6; Bradbury bt Jenkins 1up. Semi-finals: Gould bt Wyn Thomas 1up; Davies bt Bradbury 1up. Final: Davies bt Gould 4& 3.

CAPTION(S):

RHUDDLANwon the annual challenge match against Rhyl for the Bodrhyddan Cup by 13 1/2 matches to 10 1/2. The men''s match at Rhuddlan was won by the host team 11-6 while Rhyl Ladies won their match at home 4 1/2 - 1 1/2. Pictured with the trophy are, left to right, Dave Miller, vice captain of Rhyl; Glyn Lewis, captain of Rhuddlan; Ted Lloyd, president of the Golf Union of Wales; Steve Davies, captain of Rhyl and Glyn Jones, vice captain of Rhuddlan.
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