Boettcher bags South America title in Brazil
20 May 2014: Rohan Boettcher shot a final round 72 to complete a wire-to-wire victory in the seventh Faldo Series South America Championship at Belem Novo Golf Club in Brazil. The 15-year-old Brazilian will now have the chance to compete in a PGA Tour Latino America event later this year.
Boettcher also secured a spot in the 18th Faldo Series Grand Final alongside compatriots Herik Machado (Boys’ Under-18) and Carolina Yamada (Girls’ Under-21). The Brazilian trio will all make their Grand Final debuts at The Greenbrier in October.
Uruguay’s Priscilla Maria Schmid Fabini pipped Peru’s Anneke S. Kollind-Hansen to the Girls’ title whilst Faldo Series Chile Champion Gustavo Silva won the Boys’ Under-21 title to complete the line-up of South American players that will join Sir Nick Faldo at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA.
A total of 78 golfers competed in the seventh South America Championship, hosted by the Brazilian Golf Confederation in a partnership with the Faldo Series through to 2016. Younger children from the local area also attended the event to take part in a special Faldo Mini Series event for boys and girls under thirteen.
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:
220 – Gustavo Silva (CHI) 73-71-76
226 – Thomas Nelz (BRA) 77-76-73
232 – Jefferson Yang (BRA) 84-72-76
217 – Herik Machado (BRA) 72-74-71
224 – Homero Sobrinho (BRA) 76-71-77
227 Antonio Douat (BRA) 75-74-78
215 – Rohan Boettcher (BRA) 71-72-72
228 – Thomas Sampaio (BRA) 76-74-78
234 – Diego Adolfo Alva Cornejo (PER) 76-79-79
239 – Carolina Yamada (BRA) 81-81-77
246 – Julia Debowski (BRA) 80-82-84
217 – Priscilla Maria Schmid Fabini (URU) 73-72-72
223 – Anneke S. Kollind-Hansen (PER) 74-76-73
228 – Josefina Fernandez-Davilla (PER) 72-79-77