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Salter Sublime at Faldo Series Midlands Championships

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31 August 2018

Staffordshire, United Kingdom (31 August): Charlie Salter played exquisitely to claim a marvellous five shot victory in the Faldo Series Midlands Championship at Trentham. The final event of the season saw Salter fire 65, 68 and 73 to grant him a thoroughly well-deserved place in the 22nd Faldo Series Grand Final.

Champion Salter commented: ‘I wasn’t happy with my game after the British Boys and the Series competition at Royal Ashdown Forest so I spent a lot of time working on steepening my backswing - lots of chipping, lot of putting practice and it looks like some of that hard work has started to pay off. My game clicked on the practice day and it gave me confidence for the week. I’ll have my head down and working hard for more improvements for the Final in November and hope I can go well.’

The players basked in pleasant sunshine all three days at Trentham in Staffordshire. Three places qualifying spots for the 22nd Faldo Series Grand Final were available as some of the finest young male amateur players battled for victory on the highly regarded and challenging Trentham course.

Salter stormed out in 31 on the front nine on the first day and pulled away from the field with a brilliant controlled display. Nine holes later he had carded a 65 to tie the course record and set an incredible standard on the Par 72 course. On the second day he backed up his first day fireworks with a 68 to leave him almost certain of victory. A 73 confirmed the win by a five shot margin and he will return to a third Grand Final as he looks to add to his excellent Faldo Series record.

Trentham member Harry Fearn will have been shocked to finish runner-up in his Under-18 division as he finished five-under Par. Like Salter Fearn hit a wonderful purple patch and tied for the course record with a 65 on the second day. But with Salter on such sensational form Fearn was denied.

The Boys’ Under-21 category saw Luke Northwood hold off Joe Price by two shots. Price held an advantage heading into day three as he hit two rounds of 70 but Northwood pounced on the final day with a tidy 68 to add to his previous rounds of 72 and 71. Northwood hardly put a foot wrong and he wrapped up the division to qualify for his first Grand Final.

Jordanian national Shergo Al Kurdi claimed a playoff win on the first extra hole in the Under-16 division. Al Kurdi lay two shots behind Max Hayward before the final round but a 70 including a birdie on the last hole forced a playoff. As Al Kurdi had secured Grand Final qualification in the Faldo Series Wales Championship at Ashburnham Max Hayward will join him in the UAE for the Grand Final.

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:

211 – Luke Northwood 72-71-68

213 – Joe Price 70-70-73

214 – Matthew Downes 76-71-67

Boys’ Under-18:

206 – Charlie Salter 65-68-73

211 – Harry Fearn 75-65-71

215 – James Ashfield 70-75-70

Boys’ Under-16:

226 – Shergo Al Kurdi 83-73-70, Max Hayward 77-77-72

228 – Austin Gambel 75-74-79