16-year-old Jiri Zuska triumphs in Czech Championship
30th June 2015: Jiri Zuska of Golf Club Podbořánky fought his way through to his second Faldo Series Grand Final with a two-shot victory at Telc Golf resort in the Czech Championship. The 16-year-old fired two opening rounds of 68 to take command of the tournament before sealing the win with a damage limiting final day 75.
“I have won 3 out of 4 tournaments I have played here at Telc Golf Resort, so I feel very comfortable around this golf course” said Zuska, Faldo Series Grand Finalist in 2014. “I really enjoyed The Greenbrier last year meeting Sir Nick and I can’t wait for the Grand Final this year, it will be another amazing week I am sure where hopefully I can play well and compete for the title.”
Zuska will be joined at the 18th Faldo Series Grand Final by Boys’ Under-18 winner Jan Brycka who claimed the spoils with a three-shot victory margin. In the Under-21 division Simon Zach, who had already qualified via the Asia Grand Final in March, won the category by four shots. Runner-up Patrick Jericha took the final boys’ Grand Final qualifying spot.
A field of 135 competed at Telc Golf Resort, the popularity necessitating a cut after 36 holes to halve the field. Frantiska Lunackova reached her second Grand Final with her five shot victory in the Under-21 category to beat her two older sisters. Six nationalities were represented but the final qualifying spot went to another Czech national, Gabriela Roberta Vitu won the Under-16 division by four shots.
Sir Nick Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood has attended all five years that Telc Golf resort has hosted the Faldo Series. Keith was on hand to conduct lessons and noted the real progress in the Czech players as well as the positive development steps being taken. The event was run in conjunction with CZ Golf, who have taken great strides to support junior golf and create opportunities in the Czech Republic.
Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 213 – Simon Zach (CZE) 72-68-73; 217 – Patrik Jericha (CZE) 76-70-71; 225 – Alexandr Simmes (HUN) 76-73-76, 225 – Luca Denk (AUT) 75-73-77. Boys’ Under 18: 219 – Jan Brycka (CZE) 75-74-70; 222 – Alexandr Resko (CZE) 74-71-77; 223 – Michal Brezovsky (SK) 72-76-75. Boys’ Under 16: 211 – Jiri Zuska (CZE) 68-68-75; 219 – Matyas Zapletal (CZE) 70-72-77; 221 – Nicolas Schellong (CZE) 75-68-78. Girls’ Under 21: 219 – Frantiska Lunackova (CZE) 72-71-76; 224 – Tereza Melecka (CZE) 75-73-76; 226 – Marie Lunackova (CZE) 74-73-79. Girls’ Under 16: 222 – Gabriela Robert Vitu (CZE) 73-74-75; 226 – Lea Klimentova (CZE) 74-73-79; 236 – Adela Nemcova (CZE) 78-77-81.
Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.
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