Glory for Geurts in Netherlands
3rd August 2015: 15-year-old Bob Geurts battled to a two-shot victory at Golfclub Dirkshorn in the sixth Faldo Series Netherlands Championship. Geurts shot rounds of 70 & 71 to finish three-under par and win passage to the nineteenth Faldo Series Grand Final in September.
“This win began on Thursday for me when I had a really productive practice round with my coach.” Said Geurts. “We mapped out a strong strategy for me that suited my strengths to play this course. This helped me a lot today as I was nervous playing the back nine, I could stick to my strategy and concentrate on hitting good shots. Thankfully it paid off. I am really looking forward to the Grand Final and to meet Sir Nick Faldo. I am confident with my game at the moment so I hope I can play well there too.”
Two shots back from Geurts, Quint Koppers overcame a wayward start on day one to finish powerfully and win the Under-21 section by six shots. In the Under-18 category Dario Antonisse claimed a one-shot win over Russian national David Nageiv.
On the girls’ side Noelle Beijer kept her composure to win the Under-21 section. Her first round of 72 had blown away the field. Kaylee De Jonge filled the last available spot at the Grand Final with a four-shot win over compatriot Sophie Wiegant.
GolfClub Dirkshorn produced tough scoring conditions in its first year as a Faldo Series venue but did provide valuable birdie opportunities in the closing holes. All the category winners will line up in their first Grand Final in September. The tournament was run in conjunction with TopGolf Holland. Sir Nick Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood was on hand to conduct lessons throughout the week.
Leading final scores:
143 – Quint Koppers 70-73
149 – Floris Brendel; Lex van den Berg 78-72
Boys’ Under 18:
145 – Dario Antonisse 71-74
146 – David Nageiv 72-74
147 – Bas Slungers 71-76, 147 – Floris Veth 70-77
Boys’ Under 16:
141 – Bob Geurts 70-71
144 – Thom Hoetmer 72-72, 144 – Nordin van Tilburg 71-73
Girls’ Under 21:
153 – Noelle Beijer 72-81
156 – Pasqualle Coffa 80-76
159 - Daphne van Houten 81-78
Girls’ Under 16:
154 – Kaylee de Jonge 79-75
158 – Sophie Wiegant 78-80
160 – Chantal Paassen 80-80
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.
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