Thursday, April 15, 2010

James Maw wins Faldo Series

qualifier at Moortown

James Maw produced some sparkling golf in difficult conditions to win the Faldo Series UK Championship 36-hole qualifying competition at Moortown Golf Club in Leeds.
The Yorkshire county player from the Hallowes Golf Club in Sheffield put together rounds of 70 and 72 for a level par aggregate of 142 and a five-shot victory over Nathan Kimsey from Woodhall Spa.
The victory gives Maw a place in the 2010 Faldo Series Europe Grand Final to be played at the Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on September 21-23 where he will be joined by Kimsey (Boys’ Under-18), Prestbury’s James Newton (Boys Under-16), Morecambe’s Steven Chester (Boys’ Under-16), Halifax West End’s Helen Searle (Girls’ Under-21) and Crosland Heath’s Rochelle Morris (Girls’ Under-16), all of whom won their age group categories at Moortown.
Maws opened the event with a fine one under par round of 70 which gave him a share of second place behind Silkstone’s Dalton Richardson.
Richardson produced the only sub-70 round of the tournament during the opening round but he fell away with a second round 82 and that left Maw to close out the title with a solid 72 which never looked likely to be emulated on a day when strong wind made scoring extremely difficult.
“I’m delighted,” said Maw. “I qualified for the Grand Final back in 2006 at Celtic Manor when I had a chance to play with Rory McIlroy so I know exactly what to expect at Lough Erne. It’s going to be a great event. I am more experienced than I was in 2006 so I feel I will have a really good chance to win.
“The key to my performance was my putting,” he added. “The greens at Moortown are very testing but I holed out extremely well.”
The opening event of the 2010 Faldo Series Europe at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, featured three play-offs but this time there was no need for extra holes to decide the age group titles. Woodhall Spa’s Nathan Kimsey produced rounds of 70 and 77 to claim a one shot victory over Hessle’s Paul Lockwood in the Under-18s section while in the Under-16s section James Newton’s rounds of 70 and 82 were enough to give him a comprehensive four-shot victory over Ramside Hall’s Kieran Ayre and Morecambe’s Steven Chester.
The Girls’ events turned out to be somewhat similar with Helen Searle posting rounds of 77 and 86 to claim a five shot victory over Portpatrick’s Gillian Monteith, pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency, in the Under-21 section and Rochelle Morris dominating the Under-16s event after posting two impressive rounds of 76 and 79.
Morris was ecstatic at the prospect of teeing up at the Grand Final.
“I’m gob smacked,” she said. “Today I tried hard to keep calm and focussed on hitting one shot at a time and it worked very well.
“I seemed to hole almost everything so that helped as well.”
Sir Nick Faldo created the Faldo Series (charity number 1102719) back in 1996 to help develop tomorrow’s champions and to date its former graduates include World No. 11 Rory McIlroy, who won the Under-15s and Under-17s titles in 2004 and 2006 respectively, Scottish World Cup winner Marc Warren, English European Tour stars Nick Dougherty and Oliver Fisher, LPGA Major winner Yani Tseng and rising Ladies’ European Tour player Melissa Reid.
Results from the Faldo Series UK Championship at Moortown Golf Club
Boys’ Under-21
142 – James Maw (Hallowes) 70-72
148 – Elliot Burdett (Malton & Norton) 75-73
149 – Matthew Wright (Silkstone) 70-79
150 – Tom Parry (The Oakes) 75-75
151 – Dalton Richardson (Silkstone) 69-82
Boys’ Under-18
147 – Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) 70-77
148 – Paul Lockwood (Hessle) 72-76
151 – Jonny McAllister (Hallowes) 73-78
152 – Julian Taylor (York) 76-76
153 – Joe Bagshaw (Wike Ridge) 76-77
Boys’ Under-16
152 – James Newton (Prestbury) 70-82
156 – Kieran Ayre (Ramside Hall) 78-78, Steve Chester (Morecambe) 78-78
159 – Oddvar Hjellegierde (Haga, Norway) 78-81, Will Whiteoak (Bingley) 78-81
Girls’ Under 21
163 – Helen Searle (West End) 77-86
168 – Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick) 80-88
169 – Steph Hall (Lindrick) 86-83
174 – Sophie Powell (Manchester) 87-87
178 – Sophie Olley (Headingley) 90-88
Girls’ Under-16s
155 – Rochelle Morris (Crosland Heath) 76-79
165 – Charlotte Taylor (Rugby) 76-89

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