Bae’s Breakout Party Cemented as Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final Champion
New Jersey Standout finishes 3-day Event at 13-Under Par and First-Ever Girls Champion to Win at U.S. Final
Montverde, FL: The 2nd Annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final concluded in fantastic fashion over the weekend at Bella Collina Golf Club in sunny Central Florida. The Sir Nick Faldo design course was the perfect destination for some of the game’s best junior golfers, with players representing 22 different countries and 15 different American states.
From start to finish, and in a weekend full of stellar performances, it was the eventual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final champion Sophia Bae that shined brightest all weekend. Bae, a native of Norwood, NJ, was impressive from the opening tee-shot to the final putt as she finished the weekend at 13-under Par after rounds of 67, 69 and 67 for a total of 203.
Bae, who also takes first place in the Girls Under 16 Division, is the first-ever female winner in the U.S. Grand Final history. Bae plans to play her college golf at Duke University once completing High School in 2021.
In the most competitive division of the weekend, the Boys Under 19 Division was highly contested with 9 players finishing their weekend under Par and a stellar comeback to earn the first-place finish. Petr Hruby stormed back Sunday firing a low-round total of 64 to secure top honors as division champion. Hruby, who hails from Pilsen, Czech Republic and is a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, capped off his amazing comeback climbing 5-spots on the leaderboard Sunday afternoon. Hruby’s 64 on Sunday goes with his 74 and 66 from the prior two rounds to finish the weekend at 12-under Par. Hruby has signed his letter-of-intent to play college golf at the University of Washington.
Following Hruby in second-place in the Boys Under 19 Division is Kotaro Murata. Murata played stellar and consistent all weekend long with scores of 68, 69, and 69 for a 10-under Par finish. Murata is a current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, and has committed to play college golf at the University of Hawaii.
Securing third-place in the Boys Under 19 Division is Junfan Wang of Shandong, China. A student at the nearby Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, Wang finished the weekend at 9-under Par after rounds of 70, 67, and 70 on Sunday afternoon.
For the Girls Under 19 Division, Anne Yu stands alone as division champion after a solid weekend at Bella Collina. Yu, who is also a student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy, ended the weekend at 8-under Par after 3-consecutive rounds under Par on the Sir Nick Faldo design course.
Susan Xiao finishes in second-place for the Girls Under 19 Division at 3-under Par. Xiao, a native of Surrey, Canada and student at Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, put together rounds of 70, 70, and 73. Rounding out the top-three is Thin Wai Khaing of Yangon, Myanmar. Khaing, who is also a student at Gary Gilchrist Golf academy in Central Florida, finished the 3-day final with rounds of 70, 73, and 74.
Another stellar performance and worthy champion from an amazing weekend at Bella Collina, Jack Turner took home the top honors in the Boys Under 16 Division. A native of Saunderstown, RI and current student at nearby Bishops Gate Golf Academy, Turner went wire-to-wire for the division championship, finishing the weekend at 3-under Par and a total of 213.
In second-place is Te-Lun Hsu of New Taipei City, Taiwan. Hsu finished the weekend after rounds of 75, 68, and 76 to end the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final. Rounding out the top-three for the division is Jantai Malataev. Malataev, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, ends the weekend shooting scores of 75, 72, and 73.
To cap off her Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final championship, Sophia Bae takes home top honors in the Girls Under 16 Division. In second-place for the division is Yoko Tai. Tai finished the weekend at 1-over Par after finishing with rounds of 70, 75, and 73. Tai is a current student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy.
Rounding out the top-three for the Girls Under 16 Division is One Kashima from Tochigi, Japan. The current student at the International Junior Golf Academy, Kashima put together rounds of 73, 78, and 75 to conclude the weekend.
The second annual Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final concludes after a great weekend at Bella Collina Golf Club. The International Junior Golf Tour would like to thank Sir Nick Faldo, and Matthew Faldo for being a part of this wonderful international junior event.
The Faldo Series hosts 35 annual tournaments in 30 countries worldwide, and has set the stage for junior golfers internationally to compete in high stakes competition against the best players in the world. Through this partnership, IJGT and the Faldo Series are giving North American junior golfers the opportunity to put themselves on the map with the best players in the world.
Winners of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final are now invited to participate in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in March of 2019 at another Sir Nick Faldo design, Laguna Lang Co.
Final Results of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final at Bella Collina Golf Club were conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on December 2, 2018.
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