Faldo Series persistence pays off for Patrik in Slovakia
22 August 2014: Czech Republic’s Patrik Jericha celebrated victory in the final European event of the 2014 season with two level-par rounds of 72 at the Black Stork Golf Resort, a PGA golf course in Velka Lomnica. The 19-year-old, who has also played Faldo Series events in Czech Republic and Austria this year beat Slovakian pair Adam Puchmelter and Jan Friesz to the title after the event was reduced to 36 holes due to flooding.
“It will be my first ever trip to the USA so I am really excited about going to The Greenbrier in October,” said an elated Jericha. “It’s going to be a great week with my fellow finalists, Sir Nick and all the other experts - I can’t wait.”
Jericha will be joined at the 18th Faldo Series Grand Final by Adam Puchmelter (Boys’ Under-18) and Michaela Patzeltova (Girls’ Under-16) who both won play-offs to seal their Grand Final spots. In the Boys’ Under-16 division runner-up Matyas Zapletal qualified for The Greenbrier as winner Jakub Hrinda was already exempt after winning the 2014 Italy Championship.
The final spot in the 2014 Faldo Series Grand Final was claimed by Johana Lunackova (Girls Under-21), who will line up at The Greenbrier alongside her two sisters Marie and Frantiska from the Czech Republic. It will be the first time in Faldo Series history that three siblings have participated in the same Grand Final.
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.
Leading final scores:
144 – Patrik Jericha (CZE) 72-72
148 – Martin Hromadka (CZE) 76-72, Alexander Simmes (HUN) 71-77
146 – Adam Puchmelter (SK) 74-72, Jan Friesz (SK) 75-71
150 – Erik Palkovsky (CZE) 76-74, Michal Brezovsky (SK)
149 – Jakub Hrinda (SK) 77-72, Matyas Zapletal (CZE) 71-78
153 – Matej Zeman (SK) 78-75
147 – Marie Lunackova (CZE) 76-71
153 – Johana Lunackova (CZE) 80-73, Jana Melichova (CZE) 77-76
153 – Michaela Patzeltova (SK) 78-75, Sara Kouskova (CZE) 81-72
154 – Tereza Melecka (CZE) 75-79