The road to winning the most cherished title in world golf starts today as 13 courses around the UK and Ireland host more than 1,400 wannabee Open champions as Regional Qualifying for the 148th Open at Royal Portrush begins. The players are all competing for a spot in the Final Qualifying rounds before the main event starts on 14-21 July. There are 41 Welsh players in action, all dreaming of staying on course for a ticket to Portrush.
Builth Wells champion rally driver Jason Pritchard will contest his home forestry event, the Nicky Grist Stages, for the first time on Saturday 13 July in his North Road Garage-backed Ford Escort RS1800. Having won the MSA British Historic Rally Championship title for a record three times in a row (2015, ’16 and ’17), this will be the first time that Pritchard has competed against the Historic crews in the Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series. So competitive is the Historic section this year that class leader George Lepley (Hillman Avenger) is also lying third in the overall BTRDA Series drivers’ points table! Co-driven by Phil Clarke, Pritchard is contesting the Nicky Grist Stages as part of his on-going preparations for another attempt at this winter’s Roger Albert Clark Rally. He’s done that event twice before, and after a broken half-shaft ruined a one minute lead, the talented 31-year old driver is aiming to win the November classic for the first time this year.
Ben Pritchard has paid tribute to his Great Britain rival Andy Houghton after beating him to a bronze medal at the second World Rowing Cup regatta in Poland. The Welsh para-rower finished third in Poznan – one place ahead of Houghton in the PR1 single - to continue his rapid rise through the sport. Former triathlete Pritchard, from Swansea, had beaten Houghton to a medal when he took bronze in Italy earlier this month and he repeated the trick in Poland.
Wales and Great Britain discus international James Tomlinson clinched automatic selection for next month's European Under-20 Championships in Sweden at Bedford on Sunday. The Pembrokeshire athlete took gold at the England Athletics Under-20/U-23 Championships and European trials with a throw of 56.93m to retain his title.
Wales were beaten by England in the first game of the 2019 Student Four Nations in Edinburgh on Sunday, thanks to a solid second half from the holders. Wales were 22-10 down at half-time with the game still in the balance, but England came storming out of the traps after the break and quickly sealed the win.
Matt Clowes powered to his ninth win of the year as he defended his JCP Swansea Half Marathon title as Tracy Barlow retained her women's crown. The Cardiff AC runner produced another impressive display on Sunday stopping the clock in 65:49 just over a minute shy of his 64:44 course record from last year.
Rhys Enoch opened with a round of 77 on the European Challenge Tour’s Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9 in Spain and then improved to 72 on his second round - but still couldn’t make the cut a week on from his heroics at the US Open at Pebble Beach. That left him on +7, 12 shots behind the leader after two rounds, Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez.
Kirsty Taylor and Kyron Duke are both celebrating new world records in para-athletics. The Welsh pair produced their leading marks at the Bayer Invitational in Leverkusen, Germany. Taylor, 19, set a new world mark in the T44 long jump with a distance of 4.52m after 26-year-old Duke set a new F41 shot put world record of 14.19m.
Former Cardiff City goalkeeper Michael Oakes has returned to Wrexham FC as goalkeeping coach. The former Aston Villa, Wolves and Bluebirds goalkeeper, aged 45, was most recently coaching at Walsall and returns to the club in time for pre-season training with our shot-stoppers Rob Lainton and Christian Dibble. Also joining Wrexham’s backroom... Read More
JJ Hooper, a striker who fired 19 goals in 25 Vanarama National League appearances last season, has signed for Wrexham. London-born Hooper, signed by Russell Slade when the former Cardiff City manager was in charge at Grimsby Town, has agreed a one-year contract at the Racecourse. “Wrexham is a massive club and... Read More
Luke Summerfield, a 31-year-old midfield player from Dartmoor in Devon, has committed to Wrexham for 2019-20. Ivybridge-born Summerfield, who started his playing career with local club Plymouth Argyle, made 37 appearances for the Dragons last season and scored twice. "Luke made it clear he wanted to stay at the club and the... Read More
Wrexham have signed an artist in their quest for Vanarama National League promotion success. Scottish forward Leighton Mcintosh, a former Dundee, Arbroath and Airdrie player, is an avid artist and who showcased his colourful work at an exhibition at Nethergate, Dundee under his designer name, Geckor Design. McIntosh, who has signed a... Read More
Christian Dibble and Devonte Redmond were young schoolboys when they sat in the back seat of a car on their way to Wrexham’s Racecourse ground. The pre-teenage kids chattered excitedly as they went with their dads, goalkeeper Andy Dibble and wing-back Paul Edwards, to watch the Dragons’ latest match in their... Read More
Wrexham 0, Eastleigh 1 after extra time Bryan Hughes is already planning a 2019-20 promotion charge after Wrexham were left devastated by a 1-0 home defeat against Eastleigh at the Racecourse. The Dragons had three efforts cleared off the Spitfires' line, twice hit the bar and had what looked a perfectly good goal... Read More