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Kinnear one round from Faldo Series glory in the U.S.

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23 October 2013

23 October 2013: Paul Kinnear of England will take a slender one shot lead into the final round of the Faldo Series Grand Final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA. The 19-year-old added a 69 to an opening day 71 in tough conditions on the Old White TPC.

Overnight co-leader Megan Khang and the Czech Republic’s Simon Zach are the players tied for second on one over par.  16-year-old Khang from Rockland, Massachusetts now holds a commanding nine shot lead in the girls division over England’s Elizabeth Prior, Austria’s Michaela Gasplmayr and Kristen Gillman from Austin, Texas.

Defending Champion Jack Singh-Brar is still in touch with the leaders after rounds of 70 and 73. The 16-year-old from England will be confident that he can overhaul the three shot deficit having come from four behind to win the 2012 title.

The largest ever field for a Faldo Series Grand Final is in the USA for the tournament’s seventeenth edition.  A total of 99 golfers from 19 countries are with Sir Nick Faldo at The Greenbrier for the 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.

Faldo is on hand all week and today the former world number one held a question and answer session for the competitors with Dr Gio Valiante and former LPGA player and PGA of America Board Member Suzy Whaley. Local school children from Greenbrier East and West schools were also present for a clinic with Faldo and his personal coach Keith Wood.

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 two:

Boys’ Under-21:

140 – Paul Kinnear (ENG) 71-69

146 – Thomas Robson (ENG) 74-72

147 – Martin Hromadka (CZE) 76-71, Nick Watson (ENG) 75-72

Boys’ Under-18:

141 – Simon Zach (CZE) 71-70

143 – Jack Singh-Brar (ENG) 70-73

144 – Sam Burns (USA) 70-74

Boys’ Under-16:

145 – Brad Dalke (USA) 71-74, Philipp Hermann (AUT) 67-78

146 – Conor Richards (ENG) 71-75

Girls’ Under-21:

150 – Michaela Gasplmayr (AUT) 76-74

153 – Sophie Keech (ENG) 75-78

154 – Annabel Dimmock (ENG) 76-78, Marie Lunackova (CZE) 76-78

Girls’ Under-16:

141 – Megan Khang (USA) 70-71

150 – Kristen Gillman (USA) 74-76, Elizabeth Prior (ENG) 73-77

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.