Brodie bags Faldo Series title in Scotland
28 June 2013: Michael Brodie of Strathmore won the fifth Faldo Series UK Championship of the season with a dramatic one-shot victory at Panmure Golf Club in Scotland. The 16-year-old holed his second shot on the last for what proved to be a trophy-winning eagle.
“I played really well all week, particularly on the greens which were some of the best I’ve seen,” said Brodie. “This is the biggest victory of my career and what a way to win it! I am really excited about competing in the Grand Final now and meeting Sir Nick.”
Joining Brodie at the 17th Faldo Series Grand Final will be Andrew Davidson from Charelton. Davidson birdied the final hole to force a play-off for the Boys’ Under-21 division and then birdied the first extra hole to win. It meant more heartbreak for England’s Dan Park who finished second in his age-category for a fourth time.
Other age-group winners heading to the World Amateur Golf Ranking event hosted by Sir Nick Faldo include Alex Chalk of Dumfries and Galloway (Boys’ Under-16), Shannon McWilliam of Aboyne (Girls’ Under-16) and 2012 finalist Heather Munroe (Girls’ Under-16) from Monifieth.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and the European Tour, the 2013 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 14 countries including six in England plus others in Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Chile, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Austria, Wales, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia and Greece. The date and venue for the season-ending Grand Final will be announced soon.
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 is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.
Leading final scores:
148 – Andrew Davidson (Charleton) 75-73, Dan Park (Alabama State University) 73-75
149 – Andrew Young (Turnhouse) 78-71
144 – Michael Brodie (Strathmore) 73-71
147 – Willem Kerr (Craigielaw) 79-68, Craig Lawrie (Deeside) 75-72
145 – Alex Chalk (Dumfries and Galloway) 72-73
146 – Glen Burrett (Haggs Castle) 70-76, Robert Watson (Muckhart) 70-76
154 – Heather Munro (Monifieth) 76-78
164 – Linsey Stevenson (Elie and Earlsferry Ladies) 84-80, Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) 83-81
168 – Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) 80-88
174 – Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) 86-88