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Hermann heads record Faldo field in the US after day one

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22 October 2013

22 October 2013:  Philipp Hermann fired a superb 67 to take a first round lead in the seventeenth Faldo Series Grand Final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA. The 16-year-old from Austria is three shots ahead of the chasing pack, which includes defending champion Jack Singh-Brar.

PGA of America nominees Megan Khang and Sam Burns from Louisiana are also in contention after level par 70s on the Old White TPC. 16-year-old Khang from Rockland, Massachusetts leads the girls’ division by one shot and is making her Faldo Series debut this week alongside seven other golfers from the US.

The largest ever field for a Faldo Series Grand Final is in the USA for the tournament’s seventeenth edition.  99 golfers from 19 countries are with Sir Nick Faldo at The Greenbrier for the 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking event which concludes on October 24.

With the field divided into five age-groups, three boys and two girls will each receive a trophy and an exemption into the Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March. The leading boy and girl will also be invited to play in a professional Tour event and the title of Faldo Series Champion will go to the player with the lowest gross score, regardless of age or gender.

Off the course players are spending time with Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood and experts from TrackMan at the new Faldo Golf Centre.  Faldo is on hand all week to spend time with the competitors, including a clinic today where he was joined by sports psychologist Dr Gio Valiante.

Supported by The R&A, The Greenbrier, ISPS Handa, European Tour, PGA Tour, PGA of America, West Virginia Golf Association, TaylorMade, Golf Channel and CBS the 2013 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 15 countries including six in England plus others in Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Chile, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Austria, Wales, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Greece 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.

In September 2014, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America.  The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona marks another significant step in the programme’s history.

Leading scores after round one:

Boys’ Under-21:

71 – Paul Kinnear (ENG)

73 – Philip Bootsma (NED)

74 – Thomas Robson (ENG), Kieran Lynch (IRL)

Boys’ Under-18:

70 – Jack Singh-Brar (ENG), Vitek Novak (CZE), Sam Burns (USA)

Boys’ Under-16:

67 – Philipp Hermann (AUT)

71 – Brad Dalke (USA), Conor Richards (ENG)

Girls’ Under-21:

75 – Sophie Keech (ENG)

76 – Annabel Dimmock (ENG), Michaela Gasplmayr (AUT), Marie Lunackova (CZE)

Girls’ Under-16:

70 – Megan Khang (USA)

71 – Karolina Kohoutova (CZE)

73 – Elizabeth Prior (ENG)

For live updates during the 17th Faldo Series Grand Final visit http://www.faldoseries.info/tic/tmtic.cgi.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.