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Teddy Tetak claims Faldo Series United States glory

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1 December 2017

This past weekend, sixty qualifiers from four regional finals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Florida assembled at Bella Collina, along with twelve ‘Friends of Faldo’ to play in the inaugural Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, operated by the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT). Fittingly, the event was hosted by extraordinary Bella Collina Golf Club on their expansive and challenging Faldo designed golf course.  Sir Nick Faldo opened the proceedings with a masterful clinic, and following a Thanksgiving banquet, gave an inspirational speech on his start in golf and his goals and motivations.  As always, for a six-time major champion, record Ryder Cup point holder and multiple Major Champion, he was spellbinding in his presentation to today’s young champions.

The event started on Thanksgiving Thursday and, despite heavy weather, scoring was good, with a number of rounds below the par of 72 leading the Boys’ field and level par the Girls’ field.  On Friday, there was mid-round rain, however this didn’t dampen the scoring and Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) student Teddy Tetak blew open the U18 Boys’ field with an eight under 64, and BGGA teammate Annie Kim continuing her steady scoring in the U18 Birls’ field to open up her lead. 

The U16 Boys and Girls divisions were much closer, with Egor Zotov and Niels Schmidlin head to head and Ying Ting Hsieh and Rose Baral within a couple of shots of each other. The final round finally brought good weather with sunshine and no wind, producing some excellent scores in the U18 Boys’, notably from three International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) students, Kotaro Murata of Matsuyama City, Ehime, Japan who had a career best nine under 63; Luis Martinez of Caracas, Venezuela, a seven under 65, which was matched by previous South African U12 champion Tristan Galant of Cape Town, South Africa.  However, they could not catch Teddy Tetak of Limbach, Slovakia who shot a final round four under par 68 for a winning score of fifteen under par (69-64-68). 

Jairus Gains of Baltimore, Maryland, USA a notable success from the First Tee program, finished second with ten under par and Kotaro Murata third with eight under par.  In the Girls U18, Annie Kim of Seoul, South Korea played another solid round of two over par to finish first, at one over par (72-71-74), with IJGA student Haruka Shintani of Setagaya, Japan eight shots back and fellow IJGA teammate Fiona Khaing of Yangon, Myanmar twelve over par in aggregate.  In the U16 Boys, BGGA student Egor Zotov of Moscow, Russia had an excellent closing round of 67 for a nine under total (71-69-67), to beat fellow BGGA teammate Niels Schmidlin of Zug, Switzerland, by three shots.  In the U16 Girls, BGGA student Ying Ting Hsieh of Huantan Township, Taiwan had a dominant closing round of three under 69 for a three under par aggregate (73-71-69), to widen her margin of victory over BGGA teammate Cynthia Tu of Vienna, Virginia, USA by eight shots.

This was a clean sweep in all four divisions for BGGA students Teddy Tetak, Annie Kim, Egor Zotov and Ying Ting Hsieh who will all be going to compete in the Faldo Series Asian Grand Final in Laguna golf course, Da Nang, Vietnam, in March 2018.