Ben Enoch, a Walker Cup squad member, was tragically killed in a car accident last week whilst driving to compete in the Lytham Trophy.
The Golf Union of Wales’ chief executive, Richard Dixon, paid tribute to Ben.
“Everyone is devastated by the news. Our thoughts are with the family at this terribly sad time.
“Ben was one of the most promising golfers in Wales, a bright and vibrant personality in our teams.
“He had a chance of getting into the Walker Cup team this season, such was his talent, and would surely have represented Great Britain and Ireland at some stage before enjoying a career in professional golf.
“For this accident to happen just a few days after his 19th birthday is heartbreaking. He had such a bright future ahead of him.”
Ben, 19, was emerging as one of Britain’s most talented young golfers and, as well as being included this year’s Walker Cup squad with his older brother Rhys, had formed part of Great Britain & Ireland’s winning boys team during 2008’s Jacques Leglise trophy. He had also won caps for Wales at the Home Internationals and the European Mens Team Championship.
"I was shocked and saddened to hear of Ben's tragic accident,” added The R&A’s Chief Executive, Peter Dawson. “He was a bright young talent, who played with great success in our Jacques Leglise Great Britain and Ireland team. He earned a place in this year's Walker Cup squad and was a great prospect for the future. Our thoughts are with his family. He will be sadly missed."
Ben was due to go to the United States later in the year to take up a golf scholarship at East Tennessee University, where Rhys is already a student.
A minute’s silence was held at last week’s R&A International Golf Conference in his memory.
We're sure that everyone in the amateur golf community will join WAGR in sending our condolences to Ben's family.