Chapman the Champion at East Sussex National
25 August 2016: Adam Chapman called an end to the Faldo Series season in fine style as he won the England South Championship by two shots. Chapman will now line up in his second Faldo Series Grand Final in October following an appearance at The Greenbrier back in 2013.
“My first round set me up nicely for the win this week really. I didn’t have my best stuff out on the course the last two days to be honest but I am glad I managed to get the job done. Credit to Bas, he played great to get within one of the lead at one stage but thankfully I managed to make a few crucial up-and-downs on the back nine today which saw me to the end.
In the first year for the Faldo Series at East Sussex National the players were impressed by the quality conditioning of the course. The combination of wind and thick rough made scoring difficult on the first day, but as the temperatures soared over the days two and three the greens were of tremendous quality and noticeably faster in pace. The stakes were high as the event marked the last event of the Faldo Series’ European season and the last chance to qualify for the Grand Final at Stoke-by-Nayland in October.
England squad member Chapman fired five birdies in the first seven holes of competition to build the foundations for the win over a strong field. His rounds of 68, 71 and 73 fought off closest challenger Bas Vermeulen of the Netherlands. Vermeulen was supreme on the par fives but couldn’t quite overhaul Chapman and finished two shots behind in the runners-up spot.
The Under-18 category threw up an intriguing clash between two gifted and extremely closely matched players. Nathan Longley and Harvey Byers have played several events together this season and have been neck and neck throughout. Not for the first time they shot identical scores of 73, 71 and 73 to tie their scores after three days. It took a playoff to split the two and it was Nathan Longley who birdied the first extra hole to beat a gracious Harvey Byers.
Worthing Golf Club will be proud of their talented young members as Nathan Longley, William Groom and Will Townsend all ended up in medal positions. The South coast Club, will have enjoyed seeing William Groom and Will Townsend battle for top spot in the Under-16 category, but it was Groom who triumphed with rounds of 76, 71 and 76 to claim his first Grand Final experience.
The event enjoyed the attendance of five Dutch players as the Faldo Series continues to generate international interest. With the Faldo Series established in a number of European countries we hope to see the UK players venturing in to Europe to develop their game further.
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.
Leading final scores:
212 – Adam Chapman (Carus Green) 68-71-73
214 – Bas Vermeulen (Sallandsche) 70-74-70
216 – Jim Vartak De Heij (Golfclub Bentwoud) 74-71-71
Boys’ Under 18:
217 – Nathan Longley (Worthing) 73-71-73, Harvey Byers (Walton Heath) 73-71-73
218 – Harry Plowman–Ollington (Addington Palace) 69-75-74
Boys’ Under 16:
223 – William Groom (Worthing) 76-71-76
231 – William Townsend (Worthing) 79-78-74
232 – Oliver Smith (Royal Ashdown Forest) 76-78-78
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