Penge shoots brilliant closing round to nick Faldo Series win

Marco Penge Faldo Series

Marco Penge Faldo Series

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Horsham golfer Marco Penge shot a brilliant closing 68 in tough conditions to claim victory in the Faldo Series Wales Championship at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club.

The England Boys squad member shot 71 and 76 but saved his best for the final round in South Wales. An impressive closing nine of 30 included five birdies to turn on the style and steer clear of his nearest rivals.

The Golf at Goodwood player’s impressive finish earned him a third appearance in the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final, to be staged at the Greenbrier in West Virginia later this year.

The 16-year-old said: “I controlled my ball flight really well this week in tough windy conditions.

“I was most pleased with my round today, particularly my back nine where I gave myself plenty of opportunities for birdie.

“The Grand Final will be another great learning experience to see Sir Nick again; I met him at Lough Erne and The Greenbrier and took a lot away from those weeks that has helped my development.”

The win in Wales begins a busy month for Penge, whose main goal for the season is to earn a place in the GB&I Team to face the Americans in the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St Annes in September.

Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.

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.