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Silva wins thrilling three-man play-off in Chile

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31 May 2013

31 May 2013: Gustavo Silva triumphed in a play-off to clinch the second Faldo Series Chile Championship at Club de Golf La Dehesa in Santiago.  The 19-year-old beat 60 golfers to the title and qualifies for the South America Championship in Brazil.

Silva was tied on level par after 36 holes with Joaquin Niemann and Anibal Reinoso before winning the second extra hole.  The Chilean now heads to Damha Golf Club in Sao Paulo for the South America Championship on July 11-13.

Joining Silva in Brazil for the sixth South America Championship will be Florencia Vinagre who won the girls’ title by three shots.  The two of them are now only one win away from the seventeenth Faldo Series Grand Final, hosted by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo.

60 of the country’s top young golfers competed in the Chile Championship at Club de Golf La Dehesa in Santiago.  Boys and girls aged 12 to 21 also spent time with Edgardo Bello Lutter, former national coach of the Chilean Golf Federation and Hugo Contreras, one of the top teaching professionals in Chile.

Supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and the European Tour, the 2013 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 14 countries including six in England plus others in Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Chile, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Austria, Wales, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia and Greece.

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 is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.

Leading final scores:

Boys’ Under-21:

144 – Gustavo Silva (73-71), Anibal Reinoso (74-70)

149 – Sebastian Smith (74-75)

Boys’ Under-18:

146 – Lucas Rosso (76-70)

151 – Martin Cancino (75-76)

Boys’ Under-16:

144 – Joaquin Niemann (71-73)

148 – Diego Salinas (76-72)

152 – Felipe Zilleruelo (78-74)

Girls’ Under-21:

156 – Florencia Vinagre (76-80)

159 – Consuelo Rivas (81-78)

Girls’ Under-16:

168 – Pilar Schele (84-84)

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.