Majors target for award-winning Jamie

Golf Union Wales Awards 2014 07.01.15 ©Steve Pope -SPORTINGWALES
Majors target for award-winning Jamie
Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson is targetting Major glory in 2015, after collecting the Golf Union of Wales Tour Professional of the Year Award for the fourth time.
The former Wales amateur champion also aims to continue his record of improving his rankings every year since 2008, an increasingly tough task as he is now ranked 24th in the world and finished fourth in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
He received the Golf Union of Wales Award in a glittering ceremony at Ryder Cup Venue Celtic Manor, in an event sponsored by golf club membership finance company Future Financials and attended by deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism Ken Skates.
“I am always delighted to receive an award like this, but especially this one which is really back where it all started for me,” said the Pontypridd born player.
“I came through the Wales amateur ranks and teams, but it is also special for me to get this award at Celtic Manor a few yards from the 18th green where we used to practice putting as a Wales squad in my amateur days.
“I have steadily improved my rankings every year, so that continues to be the main goal for 2015 but I will also be basing my schedule around the four majors and trying to improve my record in those.
“It is getting harder to improve my rankings, fourth in the Race to Dubai does not leave a lot of room, but my world ranking is 24 so there is a bit I can do there.”
It was the 146 yard wedge to within a foot of the flag at the 15th hole in Gleneagles to defeat Keegan Bradley and clinch the Ryder Cup win for Europe that was the unquestioned highlight of the year for Donaldson.
“I was not fully aware of the situation on the 15th hole, but I had an idea because the crowd following our game had grown and grown over the previous few holes. It seemed everyone with a Ryder Cup ticket was watching our match by the 15th,” he remembered.
“I knew pretty much it was coming down to me and it was vital to win my game and secure my point towards the total.. I his probably the longest drive I had hit all week and had the perfect yardage for a wedge with the pin position in my favour as well.
“I did not know exactly how close it was to the hole until I got to the green, it was a nice surprise to see it so close and that was the icing on the cake for a special week – not just for me but for the whole team.”
Tenby were the Golf Union of Wales Club of the Year, Welsh champion Evan Griffiths of North Wales the Amateur Player of the Year, Gower’s Nicola Stroud the Golf Development Wales Club Professional of the Year and Pwllheli and Caernarfonshire junior organiser Grace Roberts the Volunteer of the Year.

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