Machado retains hold over South America Championship
08 June 2016: Herik Machado was tested to the extreme by the weather and by his fellow competitors as he defended his title at the South America Championship with a three-shot victory. Machado is rewarded for his graft with a place in the Faldo Series Grand Final for the third time.
Machado will be delighted with his two rounds of 71 in tough conditions as the players’ braved heavy rain and strong gusts of wind at Santapazienza Golf Club. His finest moment came on the first day on the 191 yard 12th hole as he enjoyed a hole-in-one. The course held up admirably on the first two rounds but there was no choice but to abandon the planned third and final round.
Colombian Esteban Jaramillo Fajardo pushed Machado closest with rounds of 77 followed by a stunning 68. Fajardo’s last round heroics helped him fly up the leaderboard and claim the Boys’ Under-16 Category and subsequently a place in his first Faldo Series Grand Final. Fajardo earned his place by dominating his category and defeated his rivals by a enormous nine shots.
The Boys’ Under-18 Category was fiercely contested as South Korean Jinbo Ha edged out Peruvian Julian Périco Ibárcena and Brazilian Rohan Boettcher by two shots. Boettcher had hoped to gain qualification to his second Grand Final but Ha’s consistency booked him a place in his first Grand Final.
On the Girls’ side of the draw Peruvian Josefina Fernandez-Davila decimated her opposition in the Under-21 Category. The result was never in doubt right from the first nine holes as she enjoyed a birdie barrage and roared out in 33. Fernandez-Davila will now get to test her skills against fellow Faldo Series winners’ at the Grand Final.
Brazilian Lauren Nunes Grinberg also cleaned up in her category. Her fellow Under-16 Girls’ were left trailing as she posted 73 & 80. Alongside the main competition, the club also hosted several mini tournaments to compliment the events and provide a snapshot of the next generation of talented young South American golfers.
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 – Herik Machado (Brazil) 71-71
151 - Breno Domingos (Brazil) 74-77
152 - Pedro H.N. Nagayama (Brazil) 74-78
Boys’ Under 18:
149 - Jinbo Ha (South Korea) 75-74
151 - Julian Périco Ibárcena (Peru) 78-73, Rohan Boettcher (Brazil) 75-76
Boys’ Under 16:
145 - Esteban Jaramillo Fajardo (Colombia) 77-68
154 - João Vitor Toledo (Brazil) 77-77
163 - Gabriel Velasco (Brazil) 81-82
Girls’ Under 21:
147 - Josefina Fernandez-Davila (Peru) 73-74
169 - Giovanna Hirata Yabiku (Brazil) 83-86
178 - Thuane Oliveira de Souza (Brazil) 80-98
Girls’ Under 16:
153 - Lauren Nunes Grinberg (Brazil) 73-80
161 - Giovanna Fernandez (Paraguay) 86-75, 161 - Luíza Helena Caetano (Brazil) 78-83
For full scores and results from the South America Championship visit http://www.faldoseries.info/tic/tmtic.cgi.