Correa cruises to Faldo Series win in Chile
23 April 2012: Claudio Correa fired rounds of 69 and 72 at Club de Golf Sport Francés in Santiago to win the first ever Faldo Series Chile Championship by five shots. The 16-year-old beat 60 golfers to the inaugural title and qualifies for the Faldo Series South America Championship in Brazil.
An impressive Correa followed a bogey-free opening round of 69 with the only level-par round of 72 on a more testing day two. The Chilean now heads to Brasilia Golf Club in Brazil for the South America Championship where he is only one win away from the sixteenth Faldo Series Europe Grand Final in Northern Ireland, hosted by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo.
Joining Correa in Brazil for the fifth South America Championship on July 19-21 will be four other age group champions from Chile: Gustavo Silva (Boys’ Under-21), Lucas Rosso (Boys’ Under-16), Carla Jané (Girls’ Under-21) and Valentina Haupt (Girls’ Under-16).
60 of the country’s top young golfers competed in the Chile Championship at Club de Golf Sport Francés in the nation’s capital. Boys and girls aged 12 to 21 also spent time with one of the national coaches, Edgardo Bello Lutter, part of a Faldo Series drive to combine experience with golfing education.
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:
148 – Gustavo Silva (74-74)
154 – José Luis Larraín (80-74)
155 – Francisco Yáñez (79-76)
141 – Claudio Correa (69-72)
146 – Martin Cancino (71-75), Nicolás Parra (72-74)
147 – Lucas Rosso (74-73)
150 – Matías Raggio (71-79)
152 – Alvaro Costa (75-77)
158 – Carla Jané (80-78)
160 – Florencia Vinagre (82-78)
163 – Valentina Haupt (81-82)
165 – María José Lathrop (83-82).