Back-to-back Faldo Series Chile titles for Silva
28 April 2014 Gustavo Silva completed a superb double by winning the Faldo Series Chile Championship for the second year in a row at Club de Golf Sport Francés in Santiago. The 20-year-old added a 74 to his brilliant opening round of 68 to retain the title he won in Chile twelve months ago.
Silva now heads to Belem Novo Golf Club in Porto Alegre, Brazil for the South America Championship on May 16-18 along with Pilar Schele who won the Girls’ title and Felipe Zilleruelo who claimed victory in the Boys’ Under-16 division. The three Chileans are only one win away from the eighteenth Faldo Series Grand Final, which will be hosted by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo at The Greenbrier in October.
65 of the country’s top young golfers competed in the third Chile Championship at Club de Golf Sport Francés in Santiago. Boys and girls aged 12 to 21 also spent time with Edgardo Bello Lutter, former national coach of the Chilean Golf Federation and Kevin Flynn, P.G.A. European Advanced Professional.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa, The European Tour and The Greenbrier the 2014 Faldo Series Europe schedule features 17 tournaments in 15 countries including three in England plus others in Abu Dhabi, Ireland, Chile, Wales, Brazil, Scotland, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and the USA.
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
In September 2014, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America. The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona marks another significant step in the programme’s history.
Leading final scores:
142 – Gustavo Silva (68-74)
143 – Rodrigo Rivas (71-72)
144 – Anibal Reinoso (70-74)
144 – Lucas Rosso (71-73)
145 – Tomas Gana (72-73)
147 – Juan Ignacio Basagoitia (74-73)
146 – Felipe Zilleruelo (74-72)
147 – Joaquin Niemann (75-72)
155 – Nicolas Cabello (78-77)
156 – Pilar Schele (78-78)
169 – Kayleigh Stevens (82-87)
174 – Clara Pastene (90-84)