Faldo Series provides joy for Ellen Hume and Reis Stuart
PUBLISHED: 06:59 15 July 2020 | UPDATED: 15:14 15 July 2020
There was plenty of success for golfers from Welwyn Garden City as the Faldo Series arrived at Brocket Hall.
Ellen Hume was the big winner in the girls’ competition at the three-day event, the Mill Green Golf Club star claiming the U21 England South II Girls Championship title.
Meanwhile Welwyn Garden City Golf Club’s Reis Stuart, a member at the same club where series founder Sir Nick Faldo played, took the U16 boys’ crown.
And more Hertfordshire joy came in the shape of Harpenden’s Jack Bigham who won the U18 age group.
All three will now go on to play in the series’ European final, scheduled for November at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.
Corey Neville of Northamptonshire County won the U21 boys’ title while Dorset’s Louise Burke lifted the U16 girls’ title.
Played over the Lemsford club’s Melbourne Course, Hume’s victory was built on a fabulous five-under-par second round of 68 following a 74 the day before.
And she held her nerve over the final 18 holes to beat the challenge of Berkhamsted’s Hannah Screen, holding on for one-shot victory.
The host club’s Sophia Fullbrook finished 12th while Millie Pratten of Essendon Country Club finished a further three shots adrift in 16th.
Stuart meanwhile went into the final round with a three-shot lead and by the end he had extended that by one, finishing the tournament one-under-par and tied for fourth overall.
Bigham, once a Redbourn junior, was three shots ahead of him in second overall thanks to a closing round of 69.
Mill Green’s Adam Tridgell was tied for 16th on five-over while Bigham’s brother, Harry, came in 26th.
Essendon quartet Max Shirvell, Daniel Keyser, Adam Le Vey and Toby Shirvell also beat the cut and played all three rounds as did Noah Hume of Mill Green.
Series director Matthew Faldo said: “It’s amazing to kick off the Series and the week at Brocket Hall has really set the tone for the rest of the season.
“With a record-breaking field of 156 and some truly talented players, it is exciting to have the Faldo Series back with such optimism in light of the current circumstances.
“This was the first time the Series has played on the Melbourne Course and it certainly did not disappoint.
“We want to congratulate both Corey and Ellen as well as passing on our congratulations to Jack, Reis, Louise and all her fellow girl qualifiers for their successes too.”
He also praised Brocket Hall staff who went “above and beyond to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all players and staff at the event remained uncompromised, with sanitisation stations, social distancing and reduced touch points implemented”.
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