Vasilis victorious over record Faldo field in Greece
5 September 2013: Vasilis Koubakis of Greece won the fourth Faldo Series Greece Championship by four shots at the Glyfada Golf Club of Athens, shooting rounds of 71 and 72 to beat compatriot Nikolaos Efthimiadis to the title.
“I’m really excited as I’ve never been to the USA before,” said 15-year-old Vasilis, who qualifies for the 17th Faldo Series Grand Final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA on October 22-24. “This will be my third straight Grand Final so I won’t be as nervous about competing in a big event,” added the 15-year-old.
Other age group winners joining Sir Nick Faldo at The Greenbrier in October are Nikolaos Efthimiadis (Boys’ Under-21) and Panagiotis Samakovlis (Boys’ Under-18), both from Greece.
The final two spots will be taken up by Jessica Heap (Girls Under-21), who ensured that Cyprus will be represented at the Grand Final for the first time and Sofia Seldemirova (Girls Under-16), who becomes the first Bulgarian player to qualify for the season ending World Amateur Golf Ranking event.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and the European Tour, the 2013 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 15 countries including six in England plus others in Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Chile, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Austria, Wales, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Greece and the USA.
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 marks another significant step in the programme’s history.
Leading final scores:
147 – Nikolaos Efthimiadis (GR) 72-75
149 – Assaf Cohen (ISR) 71-78
152 – Panagiotis Samakovlis (GR) 73-79
152 – Alihan Afsar (TUR) 78-74
143 – Vasilis Koubakis (GR) 71-72
155 – Stefanos Stefas (GR)
170 – Jessica Heap (CYP) 86-84
165 – Sofia Seldemirova (BGR) 84-81