Faldo finalists learn from ISPS opportunity
31 July 2013: Three female golfers teamed up with 2009 Faldo Series Girls’ Champion Holly Clyburn and another former finalist Liz Young at the ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters pro-am last week. It was a valuable learning experience for the aspiring young golfers who played nine holes with each player.
“Playing with Holly was especially inspirational as she was playing on the Series only three years ago,” said Sophie Keech of Lyme Regis. “We are all thankful to Sir Nick and ISPS for giving us this opportunity. Holly has already won twice as a professional which is amazing so hopefully I can follow in her footsteps one day.”
Sophie was joined in the Ladies European Tour pro-am at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club in southern England by fellow 19-year-old Miranda Brain (Gog Magog) and 2012 Faldo Series Girls’ Champion Rochelle Morris who played Ladies European Tour and Access Series events this year on the back of her victory.
The English trio will join Sir Nick Faldo and more than 80 top international golfers for the 17th Faldo Series Grand Final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA in October.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and the European Tour, the 2013 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 15 countries including six in England plus others in Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Chile, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Austria, Wales, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Greece 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.