Young golfers met at Cardiff’s Radyr Golf Club for the chance to compete at the Principality Junior Wales Open.

Despite poor weather, 16-year-old Kyle Harman produced a one-over-par 70 to win the gross competition, with Joe Hillard also progressing to the final from the Under 18 section, with the best net score of 68.

The pair are two of ten qualifiers from the event, who will compete in the final on July 29, at Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten course, which hosted Wales’ first Ryder Cup.

Harman, who is a member of the Radyr course, was able to use his local knowledge to shoot his best ever competition score.

“The short game is always key to scoring well around here,” said Harman. “The greens were rolling fast but I managed to keep the ball under control and was really pleased to shoot my lowest score here in such an important competition.

“I qualified last year but did not perform too well in the final. I’m looking forward to going back to Celtic Manor and now I’ve played the Twenty Ten course, I’m hoping I can plot my way around a bit better this time.”

Successful qualifiers also won leather suit bags from Asbri, the Welsh golf merchandise company, and will enjoy an overnight stay at the five-star Celtic Manor Resort.

Four more qualifying events will take place over the coming weeks, at Celtic Manor’s Roman Road course, Builth Wells, Royal St David’s at Harlech and Langland Bay.