South East Wales

Hole-in-one for golfer Ffion Tynan, 9, at junior championship

Ffion Tynan
Image caption Ffion Tynan's hole-in-one was at a junior event in Cambridgeshire

A young golfer from the south Wales valleys has achieved every player's dream with a hole-in-one - at the age of nine.

Ffion Tynan, from Tonyrefail, sank her shot at a 153-yard par three during a junior championship in Cambridgeshire.

She then went on to win the girls' category, beating golfers many years older than her.

Her delighted father Andrew, who was watching at the time, said she would remember it for the rest of her life.

"I was walking down to the hole because I'm not allowed to have any interaction with her during the competition," he said.

"I stood and watched her hit the ball and I thought 'that's quite good'.

"It landed 5ft from the green, bounced and rolled and I thought it was going to be close. It then hit the flag and went in.

"I thought 'oh my God, I can't believe what I've just seen!' "

She went on to win her section of the Great Britain and Ireland Golf Society Junior Masters, just finishing ahead of under-13 England international Jade Guest.

Ffion, who has a handicap of 25, is only in her second year of playing golf after first trying her hand while on a trip to the USA.

Her talent was evident to the American coach who recommended that her father started taking her to play regularly.

Mr Tynan did exactly that and said his daughter, who is a member of Pontypridd Golf Club and two other local clubs, was already a better player than him.

"She's my daughter but she has talent in golf and she wants to become a professional golfer," he said.

"When somebody has got a talent you have to give her the opportunity to make the most of it.

"I do play but I'm not as good as her now!"

Ffion has qualified for next year's world junior championships in San Diego, USA, and is also competing in the European championships in Scotland next May.

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