Gimmy earns three-shot victory in Germany
13 August 2015: Undaunted by the challenging course, Verena Gimmy shot two rounds of the highest quality to seize victory in the Faldo Series Germany by three shots. The 21-year-old posted a skilful 71 on the first day and went even better by firing a 68 on the final day to take the glory. Gimmy’s win has added significance as the Grand Final will take place on the same course in September.
“I am very happy to be the first girl who wins the trophy here at the Germany Championship.” said overall champion Gimmy “This course, the FALDO Course Berlin, almost feels like my home course as I participated already 5 times in this event. I look very much forward to the final - my second one - and hope I can use my knowledge of the course and be amongst the winners!”
“It’s hugely encouraging that there was such great golf from the young players in Germany this week, with the Grand Final so close.” commented six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo. “Verena has obviously played very well but by all accounts the whole field was strong on a testing course. I hope the qualifiers took in all the local knowledge they could to put them in good stead for the Grand Final on the same course at the end of September.”
Gimmy overcame 117 other talented youngsters on the Faldo Course at the renowned A-ROSA Scharmützelsee resort in Bad Saarow, Germany. Her first round of 71 was impressive but eclipsed by a wonderful 65 from Lucas Köble as he led the clubhouse on the first day. Köble wasn’t able to maintain the same stellar scoring on the second day and Gimmy roared to the overall win with a 68. The two competitors were the only players to dip under 70, illustrating how challenging the Faldo Course Berlin can be.
With Gimmy winning the Under-21 category there was fierce fight for overall second place, with three players finishing two-under par. Julian Ballmann won his Under-21 division with his rounds of 71 & 71. Nikolai Scaffrath matched Ballmann shot for shot as he took the Under-16 title with the same score. Anna Ruttert’s 70 & 72 was enough for victory in the Under-16 Girls’ section. All will play the same layout at the Grand Final next month.
Rounding off the Grand Final qualifiers was past finalist Felix Bode, whose 72 & 74 claimed the Under-18 boys’ category. Competitors hailed from Germany, Czech Republic, The Netherlands & France in a field that included 45 girls and 73 boys. As well as the opportunity to play the Grand Final course, the players benefited from time with Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood. The Faldo Series Grand Final will take place in Bad Saarow over three days on September 29th.
Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.
Leading final scores:
142 – Julian Ballmann 71-71
144 – Maximilian Oelfke 70-74
145 – Lukas Köble 65-80
Boys’ Under 18:
146 – Felix Bode 74-72
148 – Floris Veth 73-75
149 – Jaan-Henry Rygol 74-75
Boys’ Under 16:
142 – Nikolai Schaffrath 71-71
146 – Falko Hanisch 73-73, David Rauch 73-73
Girls’ Under 21:
139 – Verena Gimmy 71-68
145 – Linda Trockel 72-73
150 – Kerrin Nobin 74-76
Girls’ Under 16:
142 – Anna Ruttert 70-72
146 – Chantal Passen 76-70, 146 – Polly Mack 72-74
For full scores and results from the Faldo Series Germany Championship visit http://www.faldoseries.info/tic/tmtic.cgi. You can follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.