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Record-breaker Albertus wins Faldo Series in Holland

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30 July 2012
Max Albertus

30 July 2012: A course-record 65 on day one set Max Albertus on track for an impressive nine-shot victory in the third Faldo Series Netherlands Championship.  The 18-year-old Dutchman finished on 13 under par to triumph over a field of 130 talented young golfers at Goyer Golf and Country Club near Amsterdam.

“The course record was exciting but I’m just as pleased with the way I followed that up with a 68,” said Albertus from Oss who finished with a 70 and qualifies for the 16th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland on September 11-13.  “The Grand Final will be a great experience and I will be asking Sir Nick Faldo about handling pressure.”

“We have enjoyed a great week with large numbers taking part once again,” added Fred Bootsma of organiser Support2Sports.  “We are grateful to Sir Nick for this opportunity and also to our local partners, including Athlon Car Lease and Goyer Golf and Country Club, for their commitment to golf development in The Netherlands.”

Also looking forward to spending time with Faldo at the Grand Final are four more age-group winners from The Netherlands: Timo Riensema (Boys’Under-21); Lars Keunen (Boys’ Under-16); Michelle Naafs (Girls’ Under-21); and Roos Haarman (Girls’ Under-16).

Keith Wood, personal coach to the six-time Major Champion attended the tournament to work with the players as well as local children:  “Support2Sports does a brilliant job in promoting and running this tournament.  In only three years the Faldo Series Netherlands Championship has quickly established itself as one of the country’s premier events for young golfers.”

Supported by The R&A, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, the 2012 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 14 countries including six in England plus others in Bahrain, Ireland, Chile, the Czech Republic, Greece, Wales, Austria, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, Slovakia and Russia.

Established in 1996, 38 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 28 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year.  Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng. 

Leading final scores:

Boys’ Under-21:

217 – Timo Riensema (73-71-73)

220 – Berry Jole (74-74-72)

Boys’ Under-18:

203 – Max Albertus (65-68-70)

212 – Philip Bootsma (68-73-71)

Boys’ Under-16:

227 – Lars Keunen (73-79-75)

231 – Job Albertus (72-82-77)

Girls’ Under-21:

228 – Michelle Naafs (77-75-76)

241 – Diantha Naafs (81-83-77)

Girls’ Under-16:

233 – Roos Haarman (76-79-78)

236 – Marit Harryvan (79-80-77)

For full scores and results click here.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.