Hilleard crushes top class field in Wales
14 April 2016: Josh Hilleard sauntered to victory in the Faldo Series Wales Championship by six shots at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club. The 21-year-old Englishman was in fine form as he shot scores of 68, 69 & 72 to leave the field trailing in his wake. His reward is a place in the 20th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final.
Hilleard did the damage in his first two rounds, extracting full advantage of the birdie opportunities on offer and also notching up a second day eagle. Such was the pace set that Faldo Series veteran Jack Singh-Brar sat six shots adrift heading into the final day. Hilleard finished the job with a no-nonsense 72 to win the event and his Boys’ Under-21 division.
The Boys’ Under-18 category was claimed by Welshman Oliver Brown by three shots. Brown shot a final day 71 to wrestle victory from Dutch competitor Pierre Junior Verlaar. Brown found particular joy on the tough 9th Hole, shooting two birdies and an eagle over his three days whilst others found themselves scrambling. Brown will compete in his first Grand Final later this year.
Joe Fenton was the winner of the Boys’ Under-16 category and therefore secures his Grand Final place. His final round 74 was sufficient to fend off fellow Englishman Charlie Salter.
Lucy Walton (The Worcestershire GC) eased to victory in the Girls’ Under 21 division to claim her Grand Final place. The Girls’ Under 16 category was won by Grace Connelly (The Vale GC) with rounds of 70-75 & 79. A first day eagle on the Par 5 11th Hole was the highlight of her play. Grace also qualifies for her first Grand Final.
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:
209 – Josh Hilleard (ENG) 69-68-72
215 – Jack Singh-Brar (ENG) 74-69-72
Boys’ Under 18:
220 – Oliver Brown (WAL) 76-73-71
223 – Pierre Junior Verlaar (NED) 77-73-73
Boys’ Under 16:
233 – Joe Fenton (ENG) 82-77-74
243 – Charlie Salter (ENG) 78-79-86
Girls’ Under 21:
233 – Lucy Walton (ENG) 80-80-73
252 – Julia Korus (PL) 89-80-83
Girls’ Under 16:
224 – Grace Connelly (WAL) 70-75-79
226 – Mimi Rhodes (ENG) 76-75-75
For full scores and results from the Faldo Series Wales Championship 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.