Awesome Albers wins Faldo Series Germany Championship

3 August 2018

Berlin, Germany (3 August): Anton Albers won a convincing victory at A-ROSA Scharmützelsee to win the Faldo Series Germany Championship by five shots. Albers fired 68, 72 and 68 on the Faldo Course near Berlin. His exploits grant him qualification for the 22nd Faldo Series Grand Final.

The Overall Champion Albers commented: ‘I am very happy to be here at A-ROSA for the third time and to finally win this perfectly organised tournament this year. I am thrilled to be going to the Grand Final and meeting Sir Nick Faldo in person. I think it will help my game and give me a chance to do something special around the world.’

The three days were baking-hot and the players needed to manage their hydration as well as the hazardous pot-hole style bunkers that make the course so challenging. The Faldo Course recently hosted the European Amateur Team Championship successfully and it impressed again here.

Albers claimed the Under-21 division ahead of Tim Scholl. Scholl was also the closest challenger for the overall prize. Albers fired an opening round of 68 and could have even gone as low as 66 had he not slipped up with a double-bogey on the last. Nonetheless Albers’ two 68s were an outstanding effort and the best of anyone all week. If his knack of crafting birdie chances out of nothing continues he will be a threat in Grand Final week.

Mart Anthony Karsenbarg fired 71, 69 and 74 to win the Under-18 division. The Dutch national held off Christian von Flemming to win his spot in the Grand Final. Von Flemming has a great record in the Faldo Series and looked in fine touch as he headed in to the final day one shot ahead. Von Flemming stuttered a little on day three however and that was all Karsenbarg needed to seize his chance. 

Fynn Hessenkamper played with admirable consistently to defeat Niklas Vliamos in the Boys’ Under-16 category. Hessenkamper shot 72, 73 and 72 to close out the three-shot win. Three consecutive birdies on day one set the tone for Hessenkamper but it was steering clear of trouble that manufactured the win and qualification to his first Grand Final.

Emily Krause scored better than any girl and had the perfect Birthday celebration by winning the Under-16s by six shots ahead of Katja Muller. Krause led her division all the way as she fired 73, 73 and 75 for victory. Krause played well enough to finish far ahead of proven golfers such as Muller, Megan Kelly and Lisa Marie Schumacher – all of whom have attained excellent results in recent seasons.

The final category – the Girls’ Under-21s was won by Marie-Louise Schrader. Schrader’s 76, 73 and 74 gave her a three-shot victory over Cameron Neilson from Scotland. Neilson is a fine player who won the Under-16 category at the 2017 Faldo Series Grand Final. It was Schraders day however and she deserved victory as she closed out under pressure with little fuss.  

Sir Nick Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood was at the course all week to provide support to the players – as he has been for all the nine years the Faldo Series Germany Championship has ran. Keith also ran a clinic for local schoolchildren – A-ROSA is committed to junior development and has always reached out to help improve lives through sport.

Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

Leading final scores:

Boys’ Under-21:

208 – Anton Albers 68-72-68

213 – Tim Scholl 70-72-71

216 – Nils Dobrunz 71-72-73

Boys’ Under-18:

214 – Mart Anthony Karsenbarg 71-69-74

217 – Christian von Flemming 71-68-78

221 – Jonas Dermant 75-72-74, 221 – Brandon Roll 73-74-74

Boys’ Under-16:

217 – Fynn Hessenkamper 72-73-72

220 – Niklas Vliamos 74-71-75

224 – Mufan Wang 70-74-80

Girls’ Under-21:

223 – Marie-Louise Schrader 76-73-74

226 – Cameron Neilson 77-75-74

228 – Johanna Wollenhaupt 76-77-75

Girls’ Under-16:

221 – Emily Krause 73-73-75

227 – Katja Muller 74-74-79

229 – Megan Kelly 76-75-78