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Byline: Anthony Woolford

WALKER Cup winner Nigel Edwards heads a six-strong Welsh challenge on the St Andrews Links Trophy at the home of golf this weekend brimming with confidence.

The Whitchurch star joins fellow Welshmen Lee Harpin, Stuart Manley, David Price, Gareth Wright and Adam Campbell north of the border fresh from his superb spot in the tough Brabazon Trophy at the Royal Cinque Ports in Deal last weekend.

And current Konica Order of Merit champion Edwards, golf co-ordinator with the Welsh Golf Union, believes he is hitting form at just the right time with the Amateur Championships at Royal Porthcawl just 12 days away.

``I felt I played well in the Brabazon and my game is beginning to come together,'' said Edwards, part of last season's victorious Walker Cup squad that successfully defended the trophy in Sea Island, Georgia.

``I am trying to peak at the right time. The next month is very important with some big matches ahead.

``And with that good result at the Brabazon in testing conditions I am looking forward to a very good month.

``It was very windy and coming from different directions.

``Royal Cinque Ports is a very demanding course was some fierce rough and looking st some of the scores coming in players hit it into the rough quite a bit.''

Victory went to 17-year-old South African whizz-kid Charl Schwartzel after sparkling rounds of 69, 73, 70 and 69.

Twenty-two-year-old Colm Moriarty carded three birdies and a eagle in the first six holes of the last day to briefly grab the lead from Schwartzel.

But the youngster, who helped guide South Africa to the the World Junior Championship in Japan, hit back with three birdies in four holes from the 10th to confirm his status as one of the emerging talents in golf.

His final 69 earned the youngster a two-stroke win over Moriarty and five over Edwards but the Welshman believed a couple of holed putts in the final round and the prestigious Brabazon Trophy could have been his.

``I was a little disappointed I didn't win because I felt I got myself into a position to lift the title,'' admitted lTHE Summer Sports Echo returns this week and that means even more extensive coverage of the Welsh golf scene.

In addition to our regular Wednesday golf pages, the Summer Sports Echo will bring you, news, features and fixtures to keep you rightEdwards. ``I could have been five under after six on the final day and it was a matter of holing the putts.''

This weekend Edwards will be on a double mission with his first target being a further morale-booster ahead of the Amateur Championship plus a bid to improve on his best finish at St Andrews - fourth place two years ago.

``I am playing quite nicely and I am looking forward to St Andrews. Hopefully we will have some good weather up there. With the British Amateur Championship coming up and I am coming into form at the right time,'' added Edwards.

``You have to be a decent player to win these events and I had a fourth spot two years ago and anything better than that would be nice.

``Any top-six finish in a British event is pretty good going and you have to go well throughout the weekend.

``Our events are more of a test of endurance than the professionals as you play 36 holes a day as opposed to 18 in the pro ranks.''

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Date:May 22, 2002
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