Farrell claims Faldo Series title at Trentham
3 May 2012: 15-year-old Oliver Farrell (Evesham) claimed the third Faldo Series UK Championship of the 2012 season at Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire. The England squad member added a 75 to his brilliant opening round of 68 to take the title by two shots.
“This is a major win for me in my career so far,” said an ecstatic Farrell. “The course was in unbelievable condition this week. I can’t wait to play Lough Erne at the Grand Final which I’m sure will be just as good.”
Patrick Ruff from Sutton won the Boys’ Under-21 division by three shots after rounds of 72 and 73 to book his place in the 16th Faldo Series Grand Final, to be hosted by six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland.
Three other age-group winners heading to the World Amateur Golf Ranking event at Lough Erne next September are Daniel Phillimore (Boys’ Under-18), a finalist back in 2010 from the Manor House, Gemma Batty of St Anne’s Old Links (Girls’ Under-21) and Trentham’s own Emily Coleman (Girls’ Under-16).
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:
145 – Patrick Ruff (Sutton) 72-73
148 – Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park) 72-76
150 – Will Jones (Oswestry) 79-71
148 – Daniel Phillimore (Manor House) 76-72
150 – Liam Phipps (Olton) 79-71
151 – Alex Berrow (South Staffs) 77-74
143 – Oliver Farrell (Evesham) 68-75
149 – Andrew Longmore (Kidderminster) 74-75
151 – George Long (Parkstone) 78-73
153 – Gemma Batty (St Anne’s Old Links) 81-72
161 – Helen Searle (Huddersfield) 79-82
156 – Emily Coleman (Trentham) 82-74
172 – Natasha Fear (La Sella) 87-85