Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final: Round 1 Recap

13 Players Open the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final Under Par at Bella Collina

Strasheim, Bae, and Turner the early Leaders heading into Second Round


Montverde, FL: The opening round of the Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final took center stage on Friday morning at the beautiful Bella Collina Golf Club. This is the second consecutive year of the U.S. Grand Final that is hosted by the International Junior Golf Tour. Players from 22 different countries and 15 US States earned their way into this prestigious International Junior event through 8 Qualifiers throughout the IJGT season, as well as earning victories at IJGT scheduled events.


For the 3-day, 54-hole event with the winner receiving an invitation to play in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, players surged up the leaderboard in impressive fashion. The biggest early advantage goes to Steven Straisheim (Bluffton, SC) who fired an opening 66 (6-Under Par) on Friday. Straheim is followed closely in the Boys U-19 Division by Kotaro Murata (Matsuyania City, Ehime, Japan) who concluded the opening round at 4-under Par.


In a three-way tie for third place is Yuxan Song (Beijing, China), Aaron Pha (Yangon, Myanmar) and Artem Yolevenko (Moscow, Russia). Each player earned a 3-under Par, 69 for their opening round at Bella Collina.


Another early frontrunner for the U.S. Grand Final comes from the Girls U-16 Division, as Sophia Bae (Norwood, NJ), showed great skill during her opening round with a 5-under Par, 67. Bae, holds a 3-stroke lead over second-place holder Yoko Tai (Singapore, Singapore). Tai ended the day with a round of 70. Rounding out the top-three of the Girls U-16 is One Kashima (Tochigi, Japan), who finished the day 1-over Par.


In the Boys U-16 Division, Jack Turner currently sits alone atop the leaderboard heading into “moving day” on Saturday. Turner, fired a 2-under 70 for his opening round here at Bella Collina. Following Turner is Gautam Potdukhe (India) and Chih Yu Lin (New Taipei City, Taiwan), who both finished their rounds at 1-over Par respectively.


For the final competitive division, and certainly the most crowded after day-1, 3 players hold a share of the lead heading into Saturday’s second round. Thin Wai Khaing (Yangon, Myanmar), Anne Yu (China), and Susan Xiao (Surrey, Canada) each finished the day tying with a score of 70 a piece, good for 2-under Par.


Saturday will serve as the unofficial “moving day” here at Bella Collina as tee-times will once again begin at 8 a.m. eastern time.


For a full look at the leaderboard heading into Round 2, follow the link here.


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