Watson wins Faldo Series title at Hollinwell
22 August 2013: Nick Watson of Stoke Rochford won the eighth and final Faldo Series UK Championship of the 2013 season at Hollinwell Golf Club in Nottinghamshire. The 21-year-old Englishman fired a tournament-low 69 on the final day to overhaul first round leader Matthew Fieldsend (Drayton Park) and win by two.
“This victory means a lot as there were a number of top players in the field this week,” said Watson, who qualifies for the 17th Faldo Series Grand Final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA on October 22-24. “I was even more motivated to win once The Greenbrier was announced as the venue for the final; I can’t wait to get out there now.”
Joining Watson at the The Greenbrier will be Daniel Sutton from Walsall (Boys’ Under-18) and Conor Richards of Shanklin and Sandown (Boys’ Under-16).
The two leading girls will also head to the World Amateur Golf Ranking event, including
Annabel Dimmock from Wentworth and India Clyburn, the younger sister of 2009 Faldo Series Girls’ Champion Holly Clyburn.
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:
141 – Nick Watson (Stoke Rochford) 72-69
143 – Matthew Fieldsend (Drayton Park) 70-73
144 – Lewis Horobin (Wrekin) 72-72
146 – Daniel Sutton (Walsall) 75-71
147 – James Rooney (West Lancs) 74-73
151 – Conor Richards (Shanklin & Sandown) 73-78
154 – Alastair Tilson (Hollinwell) 75-79
158 – Alex Chapman (Newcastle Under Lyme) 78-80
150 – Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) 77-73
157 – India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 78-79