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Wales out to reign in Spain.

WALES go into the Nations Cup with the ladies leading the way for one of the first major events on the European amateur golf schedule this year.

The mixed European Nations Cup is in Sotogrande, Spain, on March 17-20 with three ladies and four men in each team.

Amy Boulden and Tara Davies have tasted success in Spain this year as both were in the Wales team along with Gemma Bradbury which beat Scotland in a friendly with British Open champion and Solheim Cup star Catriona Matthew in the Scottish side.

The men's team sees the rise of 16-year-old Rhys Pugh as he is picked along with the more experienced James Frazer, Oliver Farr and Joe Vickery.

The side will be coached by Golf Union of Wales national coach Neil Matthews with captain Carl Rowe.

"We have been delighted with the success of the ladies so far this season, Amy, Tara and Gemma have all been showing good form," explained Golf Union of Wales director of player development and coaching Nigel Edwards.

"The men's team is also a strong one with Rhys Pugh continuing to gain experience at the senior level. "We have changed the system this year to put more time and effort into an elite group of players and these seven have all benefited.

"The door is still open for other players to force their way into that top tier through their approach and performances and we hope the changes will see an improvement across the board, not just with the top players.

"They know they need to deliver improved performances so we are looking forward to seeing how the team does in Sotogrande."

Pugh has also been named in the Wales Boys team to take on Ireland from 29-30 March at Cardigan Golf Club in West Wales.

European Nations Cup Ladies: Amy Boulden, Gemma Bradbury, Tara Davies Men: James Frazer, Oliver Farr, Rhys Pugh, Joe Vickery Wales v Ireland Boys: Rhys Pugh, Luke Jackson, Jack Bush, Patrick Mullins, Oliver Baker, Mark Parry, Ryan Davies, Craig Melding. Reserve: Callum Roberts
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Date:Mar 12, 2010
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