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Groh impresses at Faldo Series Czech Championship

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6 August 2018

Pilsen, Czech Republic (6 August): Hynek Groh earned a comfortable victory in the Faldo Series Czech Championship at Greensgate Golf & Leisure Resort near Pilsen. Groh fired 71, 74 and 72 to romp home by eight shots and secure safe passage to his second Faldo Series Grand Final.

90 talented youngsters gathered for the eighth Faldo Series event in Czech Republic and the third at Greensgate. The temperature was uncomfortably hot for the first two days before thunderstorms forced a one hour delay half way through the final day. The groundsman delivered a course in excellent condition – especially considering the stifling weather in the lead up.

Overall Champion Groh commented aftwerwards: ‘I played really sensible this week; my whole game was very consistent too which I am very happy about.  I had to be very strategic around this course because some holes are very narrow so this was very pleasing.  My putting won me this tournament; I holed so many from 3 metres and in which for birdie were great or par to keep my momentum going.  I loved my previous Grand Final at Stoke-by-Nayland and I am really looking forward to a completely different experience at Al Ain this time around.’

Hynek Groh started with a bang as he scored three birdies in the opening eight holes to build a lead. His one shot lead on day one became three shots after day two and he didn’t look at all weighed down by any pressure derived from being out in front. The only hiccough all week came in the form of a one-shot slow-play penalty. Groh wrapped up the Under-16 division in the process of his overall win and will head to Al Ain for the Grand Final with a spring in his step.

Stanislav Nestrasil started extremely well with a 72 and he built a very healthy lead in his Under-21 category. Scoring became trickier on the following two days but he did enough to hold off his competitors with a 78 and 76. Nestrasil found birdies but he also fell afoul of the narrow fairways a few too many times to challenge the overall winner. He will find considerable consolation in the Grand Final qualification – his first.

The Boys’ Under-18 provided the closest winning margins as David Soukup, Martin Votroubek and Marco Simoni tussled over three days. Soukup sat tied with Simoni before play on the final day but it was Soukup who eventually pulled clear with a few extra birdies on the front nine and when the dust settled he was three shots clear. Soukup will test himself against some of the best young amateurs from around the world in the Grand Final in November.

Nela Halaburdova claimed the spoils in the Girls’ Under-21 division by a margin of four shots. Tereza Malkova and Karolina Stara pushed Halaburdova but the eventual winner stayed firm under pressure. Further back in the field Michaela Kverkova found some great form on the final day. Her 71 was a very good effort on a difficult course.

The final category – the Girls’ Under-16 saw Tereza Chlostova play some fine golf to claim a deserved win. Chlostova shot 74, 74 and 74 in her six-shot win. Karolina Krasova battled well for second place but couldn’t quite match Chlostova’s appetite for birdies. The 11th hole at Greensgate is an island green that tests even the most accurate but of all the players Chlostova looked most at ease - she birdied the hole twice in three days.

Sir Nick Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood was in attendance all week to provide support to the players. He ran clinics and provided pointers for individuals looking to improve their game.

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:

226 – Stanislav Nestrasil 72-78-76

234 – Richard Polan 77-80-77

Boys’ Under-18:

233 – David Soukup 82-75-76

236 – Martin Votroubek 77-81-78, Marco Simoni 82-75-79

Boys’ Under-16:

217 – Hynek Groh 71-74-72

227 – David Mlynek 78-76-73

Girls’ Under-21:

231 – Nela Halaburdova 77-79-75

235 – Tereza Malkova 83-79-73, Karolina Stara 75-83-77

Girls’ Under-16:

225 – Tereza Chlostova 74-77-74

231 – Karolina Krasova 77-76-78