Katy Edwards, PGA (Professional Golfers Association) Professional, from Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa made history in a golfing tournament in Portugal by being the first lady to tee off in the WPGA Lombard Trophy Final and made scene stealing hole in one – the first of her professional career.
It was a case of girl power, with the introduction of a WPGA Lombard Trophy for female club professionals and their amateur partner, which was free for teams to enter. Two regional finals were held earlier in the year with Bryn Meadow PGA Professional, Katy Edwards qualifying for the final with her amateur partner and member at Bryn Meadows, Janet Beckerley.
The grand final took place at Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel on the Algarve in Portual between 22nd-23rd September with the first prize taking home £2,500.
PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones said: “This year marks an exciting new development with a separate pro-am tournament expressly for WPGA and female amateurs. Lombard are committed to equality and diversity and encouraging more women to play will reap rewards at grass roots level.”
Ian Isaac, Head of Lombard, added: “The Lombard Trophy is a highly successful event which is enjoyed by players of both gender. But in recognition of the growth of the women’s game we believe that now was the time to introduce a separate competition.”
Katy was given the honour of being first to tee off in the competition, making the history books as the first female ever to do this. The pair finished 4th overall in the tournament ending on a level par, however they both were able to hold their heads up high in the club house afterwards, after Katy scored the only hole in one of the tournament on the 7th tee – a 165 yard par three. The first hole in one of her professional career.
“Janet and I worked well as a pair, and supported each other throughout. I’m delighted Lombard and The PGA have invited women to play in this tournament. It’s something else women in golf can get involved and make our mark. A big part of my role at Bryn Meadows is to teach children and ladies how to play the game, and I hope that more are encouraged to take up the sport.” Katy Edwards, PGA Professional, Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa.