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Zach grabs Grand Final lead at The Greenbrier

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22 October 2014

23 October 2014: Simon Zach (Czech Republic) will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Faldo Series Grand Final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, USA. The 18-year-old added a 70 to an opening day 69 on the Old White TPC to set up an appearance in the last group of a Faldo final for the second successive year.

Zachary Bauchou (USA), who recently committed his future to Oklahoma State University and Gustavo Silva of Chile will make up the final group alongside Zach. Bauchou will be looking to add the Overall title to his 2013 Boys’ Under-18 crown whilst Silva goes in to tomorrow’s final round bidding to become the first ever South American winner of the Faldo Series.

U.S Girls’ Junior Champion Princess Mary Superal (Philippines) lies in tied third alongside Silva, one shot ahead of last year’s Boys’ Overall winner Paul Kinnear, Rohan Boettcher (Brazil) and 2012 Champion Jack Singh Brar, who today posted the best round of the week, a three-under par 67.

83 golfers from 20 countries have joined Sir Nick Faldo at The Greenbrier, USA for the eighteenth edition of the Faldo Series Grand Final which concludes on October 24. Local school children from Greenbrier East and West schools were also present today for a clinic with Faldo, his personal coach Keith Wood and the 38th President of The PGA of America Ted Bishop.

With the field divided into five age-groups, three boys and two girls will each receive a trophy and an exemption into the Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March. The leading boy and girl will also be invited to play in a professional Tour event and the title of Faldo Series Champion will go to the player with the lowest gross score, regardless of age or gender.

Off the course players have spent time with a number of industry experts including Faldo; Ted Bishop; Fanny Sunesson – one of the most successful caddies in golf history; Keith Wood and experts from TrackMan and ProGolf Health.

Supported by The R&A, The Greenbrier, ISPS Handa, European Tour, PGA Tour, PGA of America, West Virginia Golf Association, TaylorMade, Golf Channel, CBS, Audemars Piguet and Southern Golf the 2014 Faldo Series Europe schedule features 17 tournaments in 15 countries including three in England plus others in Abu Dhabi, Ireland, Chile, Wales, Brazil, Scotland, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia 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.

Leading scores after round two:

Boys’ Under-21:

140 – Zachary Bauchou (USA) 69-71

142 – Gustavo Silva (CHI) 74-68

143 – Paul Kinnear (ENG) 71-72

Boys’ Under-18:

139 – Simon Zach (CZE) 69-70

143 – Jack Singh Brar (ENG) 76-67

147 – Jamie Dick (ENG) 74-73

Boys’ Under-16:

143 – Rohan Boettcher (BRA) 72-71

147 – Colin Bowles (USA) 75-72

148 – Timo Vahlenkamp (GER) 76-72

Girls’ Under-21:

142 – Princess Mary Superal (PHI) 69-73

144 – Megan Khang (USA) 76-68

146 – Marie Lunackova (CZE) 74-72

Girls’ Under-16:

145 – Pauline Del Rosario (PHI) 71-74

155 – Shannon McWilliam (SCO) 74-81

158 – Lucy Walton (ENG) 77-81

For live updates during the 18th Faldo Series Grand Final visit www.faldoseries.info/tic/tmtic.cgi .  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.