England enjoys double success in the Faldo Series Grand Final
Jack Singh-Brar won the 16th Faldo Series Grand Final with a two shot victory at Lough Erne Resort while Rochelle Morris won the girls’ overall title.
The 15-year-old Singh-Brar, from Brockenhurst, posted a final round level par 72 to finish on six over par, two ahead of Morris and Ewan Scott, from St Andrews, who won the Boys’ Under-18 title.
“I feel very happy about the result; especially knowing how Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng’s careers took off following their success in the Faldo Series,” said an elated Singh-Brar.
Sir Nick Faldo presented the trophy and praised Singh-Brar on his performance at the 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking event. “Jack is a worthy champion having beaten our largest ever field,” he said.
17-year-old Morris, from Huddersfield, was crowned Faldo Series Girls’ Champion following a final round of 77 in testing conditions. Sophie Keech (16), from Lyme Regis, finished six shots behind but won the Girls’ Under-16 title. England’s Robert Busher, from Salisbury and South Wilts, won the Boys’ Under-21 title.
Singh-Brar and Morris will be offered a start in a professional Tour event and will receive invites to the seventh Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March along with Busher, Scott and Keech.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, the 2012 Faldo Series Europe schedule featured a record 20 tournaments in 14 countries including six in England plus others in Bahrain, Ireland, Chile, the Czech Republic, Greece, Wales, Austria, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, Slovakia and Russia.
Established in 1996, 38 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 28 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
The R&A provides £140,000 of support to the Faldo Series each year. Alison White, Assistant Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said: “The Faldo Series does an excellent job in involving so many different countries and giving junior players experience of playing in top quality competitions. We are pleased to be able to support the series in helping talented young golfers develop their skills.”
Off the course, players aged 12 to 21 received expert advice from the British PGA, including a seminar on careers in golf, and from Faldo’s personal coach, Keith Wood. Faldo gave several clinics and Q&A sessions and hosted a grass-roots initiative for local school children.
Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 225 – Robbie Busher (Eng) 75-72-78, Assaf Cohen (Isr) 75-71-79, 228 – Yannick Bludau (Ger) 73-78-77. Boys’ Under-18: 224 – Ewan Scott (Sco) 72-75-77; 229 – Hurly Long (Ger) 73-75-81; 230 – Freddie Price (Eng) 81-77-72, Nick Ward (Eng) 78-73-79. Boys’ Under-16: 222 – Jack Singh-Brar (Eng) 72-78-72; 227 – Arrun Singh-Brar (Eng) 78-71-78; 231 – Rowan Lester (Irl) 73-76-82. Girls’ Under-21: 224 – Rochelle Morris (Eng) 72-75-77; 228 – Katarina Chovancova (Sk) 77-76-75; 230 – Marlies Krenn (Aut) 75-72-83. Girls’ Under-16: 230 – Sophie Keech (Eng) 77-74-79; 238 – Roos Haarman (Ned) 81-75-82; 239 – Heather Munro (Sco) 81-79-79, Johanka Steindlerova (Cze) 81-78-80.