Lydia Hall credits Gareth Cooper for fitness boost

Lydia Hall

Welsh golfer Lydia Hall has credited former Wales scrum-half Gareth Cooper's fitness regime for helping her win the Ladies British Masters title

Hall, of Bridgend, came from two shots behind to beat the United States' Beth Allen at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

The 24-year-old said: "I've been doing a lot of physical training with Gareth Cooper, the ex-British Lion, at his gym in Bridgend.

"And he's pushed my physical side of things."

Cooper made his Wales debut in 2001 and made 45 Test appearances for his country, also touring New Zealand with the 2005 British and Irish Lions.

Hall, who won £45,100 with that success, says the improvement in her conditioning has allowed coach John Peters to help her make gains on the course.

And her win was witnessed by her former Wales rugby hooker father Wayne Hall, who won his only cap against what was then Western Samoa in 1988.

"I'm a lot stronger and stable so those aspects are stronger and also with my coach, John Peters at Southerndown Golf Club," Hall said.

"He has then been able to push my swing and other aspects of my game further and the results are that I'm bit stronger and stable.

"So everything has been going in the right direction for me to be able to win last weekend.

"Winning last week is a huge achievement for me, but also the doors that it opens for me without having to go to final qualifying or pre-qualifying tournaments for the British Open, which is a huge, huge weight off my shoulders.

"And also having a two-and-half-year exemption on the Ladies European Tour because I'm now a tournament winner.

"It's taken a lot of pressure off me."

Hall believes she can also be confident of a place at the 2013 Ladies Australian Open and hopes an invitation to the 2013 Evian Ladies Masters in France will follow.