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Goddard prevails at Faldo Series England South Championship

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24 August 2018

Sussex, United Kingdom (24 August): George Goddard held off a high calibre field to win by two shots in the Faldo Series South event at Royal Ashdown Forest. Goddard shot an excellent opening day 69 to open up a lead before a 76 and a 70 confirmed victory and a place in the 22nd Faldo Series Grand Final.

Goddard was asked for his thoughts after his triumph: ‘I played really well on the first day but my level dropped on the second. It did give me clarity and my mental approach was positive - I knew what I needed to do. I started well on the final day so I felt confident and my short game delivered. I haven’t played abroad too much before so going to the UAE will be awesome – it will be great to compete with all the other winners and I’ll be playing to win!’

Conditions held up in Sussex at the very well-regarded Old Course at Royal Ashdown Forest. The exception being a heavy downpour on the final day morning but it cleared quickly and proceedings weren’t held up. The Old course provides the challenge of heather, narrow fairways, hollows and streams and offers a fair and true test for the Series juniors.

Three Grand Final qualifying spots were at stake and George Goddard claimed one in winning the Under-21 division. Goddard was pushed all the way by Mikey Doble and Benjamin Humphrey and was very grateful for the cushion provided by his first round efforts. The Eagle he manufactured on the Par 5 10th on the first day proved pivotal as the margin of victory was just two shots.

Harvey Evans will join Goddard at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club for the Grand Final. Evans shot 71, 73 and 77 to beat Thom Hoetmer by a single shot. Dutch national Hoetmer finished strongly but as in the Under-21s the damage had been done. Evans’ opening 71 provided the buffer and he closed out proceedings albeit with a slight wobble on the back nine.

Barnes Wallis claimed the final available spot in winning the Boys’ Under-16 category by a single shot. Tommy Noel finished runner-up despite a valiant effort to overhaul Wallis. Wallis fired 74, 74, and 75 on the Old course and will be pleased to have sealed the division win under pressure. Like Goddard and Evans Wallis will attend his first Grand Final in November. 

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:

215 – George Goddard 69-76-70

217 – Mikey Doble 75-71-71, Benjamin Humphrey 71-74-72

222 – Harry Uzzell 75-72-75, Charles Petrie 70-73-79

Boys’ Under-18:

221 – Harvey Evans 71-73-77

222 – Thom Hoetmer 74-75-73

224 – Charlie Salter 75-74-74, Harrison Linney 74-75-75

Boys’ Under-16:

223 – Barnes Wallis 74-74-75

224 – Tommy Noel 76-75-73

225 – Ben Loveard 74-78-73