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Gale charges ahead in Faldo Series Grand Final

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28 November 2017

28 November 2017: Australian Daniel Gale fired a sublime 65 to build a comprehensive five-shot lead on the second day of the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final. Gale shot six birdies at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club and will go into the final day tomorrow confident of a fine victory.


Daniel Gale commented after his 65: ‘I hit it really solid tee to green, with no real sprays which was nice. I felt like I putted solidly but left a few out there. If you’d have said I’d shoot five under at the start of the day I’d definitely have taken it! My only blemish was a three-putt on the last which I miss-read. Today’s conditions were tougher and hotter but I hit just it that little bit better. With a five shot lead heading into tomorrow I’m going in positive and ready to extend it!’


Gale backed up his first day score of 66 with an excellent display of concentration and flair. His back-nine proved fruitful again and he went home in 31 for the second time. Rarely does the course at AESGC see such low-scoring and Gale now lies a scarcely believable nine-under Par after two days.


Harry Butler of England cannot be counted out just yet, despite the five-shot differential. Butler fired 69 to back up his first round 67. With Butler’s proven pedigree he is still in the hunt. The talented Brazilian Herik Machado is a shot back from Butler and will believe he can surge through on the final day after rounds of 70 and 67.


Away from the golf course, representatives of the PGA have been in attendance all week with an aim to providing the young players with advice and an insight into further opportunities within the professional game.  PGA Mark Skinner, Head of Business  & Management, conducted a seminar after play designed to inform about the various routes into the golfing industry and roles within it.

With the competition crowning an overall Champion and five age category winners there is plenty to play for tomorrow. Scot Cameron Neilson is tied with Russian Rivekka Dzhumagulova as the Girls’ Under-16 division battle rages fiercely. Both competitors sit on three over Par – whilst they won’t threaten Gale for Overall victory they will be desperate to claim the category win.


Gemma Allman from England is locked in a contest with Jo-hua Hung of Taiwan in the Under-21 division. With one day to go they sit four over Par with Scot Jennifer Rankine just a single shot behind. Englishman Nathan Longley will take away a sweet memory from the week as he Aced the 172 yard par three 17th – the only hole-in-one so far this week.


After play Sir Nick Faldo conducted a second clinic of the week for the players. The focus was on the short game and wedge approach shots as well as some bunker tips. He also held a masterclass with 30 enthusiastic junior members of AESGC. Faldo faced a thorough grilling by members as young as five as they looked to maximise their time with the six-time Major Champion.


Sports psychologist Kjell Enhager was again available throughout the day to engage with individual players. Sir Nick’s personal coach Keith Wood provided yet more advice for the young golfers. Keith has been working with the players before and after rounds as they strive for every advantage.

Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 131 – Daniel Gale (AUS) (66-65); 136 – Harry Butler (ENG) 67-69.  Boys’ Under 18: 138 – Arron Edwards-Hill (ENG) 68-70; 139 – Jiri Zuska (CZE) 69-70.  Boys’ Under 16: 141 – Max Hopkins (ENG) 75-66; 142 – Napat Paramacharoenroj (THA) 69-73, 142 – Josh Hill (ENG) 71-71. Girls’ Under 21: 144 – Gemma Allman (ENG) 72-72, Jo-hua Hung (TAI) 71-73, 145 – Jennifer Rankine (SCO) 72-73.  Girls’ Under 16: 143 – Cameron Neilson (SCO) 71-72, Rivekka Dzhumagulova (RUS) 69-74.

Full scores from the 21st Faldo Series Europe Grand Final can be found here.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.