Nikolai Schaffrath cruises to victory in Germany
04 August 2016: Nikolai Schaffrath played some magnificent golf to win the Faldo Series Germany Championship at A-ROSA Scharmützelsee, Berlin. The young German fired two wonderful rounds of 66 and 70 to win the seventh Germany Championship by seven shots in testing windy conditions.
“My putting was great yesterday with eight birdies and today it was my iron play that helped me play so well.” Schaffrath commented. “Now I am looking very much forward to my second Grand Final and meeting Sir Nick again, to watch him in his clinics was so impressive. I want to go one better this year and win my age category, and hopefully go for the overall title too!”
Schaffrath was able to call on his experience of last years’ Faldo Series Grand Final, when the tournament was held at the superb A-ROSA resort. He finished second in his age category last September and he was in similar form here, his putter was red hot as he broke the back of the field with a first day birdie-fest. If the rest of field had any hope of overhauling the leader it was extinguished on the first hole of the second day as he holed his third shot for eagle from 130 metres.
Lucas Koble was another to draw on his valuable knowledge of the acclaimed Faldo Course at A-ROSA. Koble won his Under-21 age category on the first play-off hole with a birdie against Czech competitor Tomas Hlas. Hlas took the opportunity to showcase Czech talents early; the next Faldo Series event is on 8th August in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
The Boy’s Under-18 division was claimed by Christian von Flemming by two shots. Von Flemming fired 73 and 71 to defeat fellow German Luca Maroto-Lopez. Von Flemming will now line up in his first Grand Final in October at Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk, England.
Ava Bergner booked her place too as she won the Girls’ Under-21 category by a single shot over Kerrin Neben. Bergner’s first day score of 71 provided some breathing space and she closed out well with a composed 74.
The last available Grand Final qualifying spot was filled by Danielle Modder. In a similar fashion to Bergner, Modder’s classy 70 left her incredibly well placed for the final day. She was in no mood to surrender her advantage and a 75 was sufficient to win her category and the coveted qualification for the Faldo Series Grand Final.
Sir Nick Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood was on hand to conduct a clinic with 20 local children, aged 4-12. A-ROSA followed on seamlessly from the successful Grand Final in 2015 and the future of German golf looks extremely bright.
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:
143 – Lukas Koble (GER) 70-73; 143 – Tomas Hlas (CZE) 72-71
Boys’ Under 18:
136 – Nikolai Schaffrath (GER) 66-70
144 – Tom Reichmann (GER) 72-72
Boys’ Under 16:
144 – Christian von Flemming (GER) 73-71
146 – Luca Maroto-Lopez (GER) 72-74
Girls’ Under 21:
145 – Ava Bergner (GER) 71-74
146 – Kerrin Neben (GER) 73-73
Girls’ Under 16:
145 – Danielle Modder (GER) 70-75
148 – Victoria Schrodl (GER) 76-72
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