Wilson wows at Faldo Series North Championship

27 July 2018

Yorkshire, United Kingdom (27 July): James Wilson played delightfully well to win the title in the Faldo Series North Championship at Moortown Golf Club. Wilson and his red hot putter fired 74, 68 and 69 on the famously challenging Alister MacKenzie course. The three-shot victory places Wilson in his first Faldo Series Grand Final.

The course was in remarkably good shape considering the sweltering heat that has lingered all summer. Conditions over the three days were calm and sunny apart from one short shower on the first day. On a course as challenging as Moortown the players will have been relieved to catch the course in docile weather.

Overall Champion James Wilson commented on his win: ‘I was pleased with my game; I played solidly and putted well. I knew what I needed to do on the home stretch and the three birdies sealed it. Looking forward to playing in the Grand Final, I know there are some high quality players there already. I think I’ll go in confident because this is a difficult track - so to get round in one piece feels very good.’

Although Wilson eventually claimed a three-shot win it was not quite as comfortable as it might appear. Tom North opened with a 70 to lead the Under-21 category but slipped back on the second day. Heading into the last 9 holes Wilson held a four shot advantage but knew that birdie opportunities were available. Wilson struck three birdies in a row on the 15th, 16th and 17th – assuring victory overall and in the division. North will be very pleased with his last-round 68.

The Boys’ Under-18 division was won by Luke Bartram. Luke started with a 75 before moving through the field with two scores of 71. Thomas Duran started day three incredibly well but wasn’t able to keep the momentum through the back nine so settled for second - two shots behind Bartram. Bartram will play in his first Grand Final at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club (AESGC) in the United Arab Emirates.

The final division – the Boys’ Under-16s was a tight affair. Owen Watts eventually shone the brightest with rounds of 70, 78 and 74. Watts’ opening day 70 set a great foundation but heading into the final day James Trant held the advantage. Watts took his opportunities on the back nine however and he took the division and qualification to 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 – James Wilson 74-68-69

215 – Tom North 70-76-68

216 – Benjamin Humphrey 71-72-73  

Boys’ Under-18:

217 – Luke Bartram 75-71-71

219 – Thomas Duran 72-75-72

220 – Harry Lord 74-72-72, Jack Wilson 72-71-77

Boys’ Under-16:

222 – Owen Watts 70-78-74

223 – James Trant 74-73-76; 227 – Billy Groom 83-70-74