Abdulghany seizes lead at A-ROSA
30 September 2015: The precociously talented Alyaa Abdulghany fired a well-crafted 70 to take a one shot lead going into the final day in the nineteenth Faldo Series Grand Final. The 16-year-old from the United States improved on her previous round of 71 to claim a slim advantage over the first day leader, Englishman Jack Yule.
Abdulghany suffered just one bogey on the acclaimed Faldo course, her game in perfect sync. Yule stuttered at first after registering a double bogey that threatened to undo his fantastic work from the first day. He responded immediately with an eagle and his flawless back nine showed remarkable composure. Yumi Kudo of Japan and Dutch golfer Dario Antonisse shot excellent 69’s to place themselves just two shots off the lead for the final day.
Conditions meant the players were able to score more freely on the second day of competition. An incredible fifteen players went round the Faldo course below par and four players managed to dip below 70. The round of the day was earned by Kaitlyn Papp, who shot a delightful 68 which included a back nine 32. Papp and fellow American John Pak are well positioned just three behind compatriot Abdulghany.
The players will go in to the final day well prepared as they joined a master class clinic with Sir Nick Faldo. With such a bunched field heading into the business end of proceedings, the players will be looking to soak up all the information and knowledge they can from the six-time Major Champion. Faldo had earlier hosted an extended clinic with children from local golf clubs.
63 golfers from 18 countries have joined Sir Nick Faldo A-ROSA Scharmützelsee in Bad Saarow, Germany for the nineteenth edition of the Faldo Series Grand Final which concludes on October 1.
Competitors aged 12 to 21 will contest for the title of Faldo Series Champion over 54 holes on the Faldo course at the renowned A-ROSA Scharmützelsee resort in Bad Saarow, Germany. With the field divided into five age-categories, three boys and two girls will each receive a trophy and an exemption into the tenth Asia Grand Final in 2016. The leading boy and girl will also be invited to play in a professional Tour event.
Off the course players will spend time with Faldo and his personal coach Keith Wood. Juniors from local golf clubs have also been invited to participate in a clinic with Sir Nick as part of an initiative to help grow golf at the grass roots level.
Leading final scores:
142 – Jack Yule (Eng) 70-72
146 – Quint Koppers (NED) 75-71
148 – James Wilson (SCO) 77-71
143 – Dario Antonisse (NED) 74-69
144 – John Pak (USA) 71-73
147 – Sen Cao (CHN) 78-69
145 – Jakub Hrinda (SK) 72-73
146 Frankie Capan (USA) 75-71, Harry Goddard (ENG) 75-71
144 – Kaitlyn Papp (USA) 76-68
147 – Sophie Lamb (ENG) 73-74
149 – Lauren Horsford (ENG) 74-75
141 – Alyaa Abdulghany (USA) 71-70
143 – Yumi Kudo (JPN) 74-69
146 – Natasha Slater (ENG) 76-70
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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