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Blick battles to Faldo Series win in Wales

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5 July 2012
David Blick of East Devon

5 July 2012: David Blick of East Devon won the fifth Faldo Series UK Championship of the 2012 season at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club in Bridgend, Wales.  Having opened with a 74 in testing conditions, the 19-year-old held his nerve on the final day to card a level par 71 and take the title by two shots.

“This win should really kick-start my season and now my focus is to break into the England set up,” said Blick, who qualifies for the 16th Faldo Series Grand Final at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland on September 11-13.  “I can’t wait to meet Sir Nick Faldo as I’ve always admired the way he plays golf and his commitment to the game.”

Charlie Spencer-White (Boys’ Under-16) from Colleton River Plantation and Knowle’s Jemima Gregson (Girls’ Under-16) also won their age categories to reach the Grand Final, going one better than their runner-up finishes in 2011.

Elizabeth Swallow (Girls’ Under-21) from Newbury & Crookham and Burghill Valley’s Christopher Makin (Boys’ Under-18) are the two other age-group winners who will join Faldo for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event at Lough Erne.

Supported by The R&A, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, the 2012 Faldo Series Europe schedule features 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. 

Leading final scores:

Boys’ Under-21:

145 – David Blick (East Devon) 74-71

147 – David Caviell (Aberdare) 72-75

157 – James Tisdale (Salina) 83-74

Boys’ Under-18:

147 – Christopher Makin (Burghill Valley) 73-74

152 – Michael Downey (Minchinhampton) 80-72, Jack Charman (North Wilts) 76-76, Matthew Vigurs (Gaudet Luce) 76-76

Boys’ Under-16:

149 – Charlie Spencer-White (Colleton River Plantation) 77-72

152 – Sam Church (China Fleet) 75-77

156 – Rhys Llewellyn (Morlais Castle) 77-79

Girls’ Under-21:

152 – Elizabeth Swallow (Newbury & Crookham) 75-77

160 – Michaela Chivers (Farrington) 78-82

Girls’ Under-16:

158 – Jemima Gregson (Knowle) 72-86

159 – Fay Carpenter (Knighton Heath) 84-73

For full scores and results click here.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.