Machado shines in South America Championship
20 May 2015: Herik Machado was in mercurial form as he won the South America Championship by ten shots. Machado opened up an enormous lead in the first two days with a 70 followed by a sublime course record 65. His final day 75 secured his qualification to the 19th Faldo Series Grand Final with plenty to spare.
Santapazienza Golf Club in São Paulo hosted 65 players from five nations as it opened its gates for the very first time to visitors. The reason being that the club was enthused by the prospect of talented young amateurs competing on an international stage over their pristine layout. Run in conjunction with Confederação Brasileira de Golfe, the competition was played over 54 holes and fulfilled World Amateur Golf Ranking status (WAGR).
Machado was utterly dominant in his Boys’ U18 category, winning by 17 shots ahead of Kaio N. dos Santos. Machado will play in his second Grand Final and was grateful for the chance to showcase his game on a big stage. “I want to thank the CBG for their support and for organizing a great tournament. I am delighted to be given a chance to represent Brazil abroad.”
The overall runner-up was the Paraguayan Maria Fernanda Escauriza. With her total of 220 she claimed the Girls’ category and qualification for the Faldo Series Grand Final. She will become Paraguay’s first ever representative at the season ending tournament. The national variety continued as the Girls’ runner-up Maria Jose Bohorquez Fonseca from Colombia also earned qualification.
Brazilian Antonio Douat totalled 229 to win the Boys’ U21 by two shots and will compete in his first Grand Final. The final qualifier was Colombian Felipe Alvarez Catano who won a crushing victory over the Boys’ U16 field with a total of 221, bettering the reigning Grand Final U16 Champion Brazilian Rohan Boettcher by 14 shots.
The competition also featured a Mini Series with 18 boys and girls in Under 13 and Under 11 age categories. The initiatives and the high quality representation of different nationalities bode well for the Faldo Series aim of expanding its reach on the continent.
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:
229 – Antonio Douat 79-74-76
231 – Matheus Balestrin 77-78-76
235 – James Cleary Filho 76-81-78
Boys’ Under 18:
210 – Herik Machado 70-65-75
227 – Kaio N. dos Santos 79-76-72
228 – Marcos Aurelio Negrini 78-79-71
Boys’ Under 16:
221 – Felipe Alvarez Catano 75-74-72
235 – Rohan Boettcher 76-83-76
237 – Victor L. Costa Pinto 81-78-78
Girls’ Under 16:
220 – Maria Fernanda Escauriza 73-75-72
224 – Maria Jose Bohorquez Fonseca 76-73-75
235 – Lauren Nunes Grinberg 80-81-74
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