John-Ross Galbraith is six shots behind the Czech Republic's Simon Zach heading into today's final round of the Faldo Series Grand Final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.
The Irish Close champion from Whitehead carded a five over par 75 in the second round and now share 10th spot on five over with 18-year old Zach one clear over American Zachary Bouchou after he added a 70 to an opening day 69.
U.S Girls’ Junior Champion Princess Mary Superal (Philippines) lies in tied third alongside Gustavo Silva (Chile), one shot ahead of last year’s Boys’ Overall winner Paul Kinnear, Rohan Boettcher (Brazil) and 2012 Champion Jack Singh Brar, who today posted the best round of the week, a three-under par 67.
Galbraith is fifth overall in the Boys Under 21 section, five shots behind Bouchou on five over.
In the Boys Under 18 section, Dun Laoghaire's Ted Collins, xxth overall, is 13 shots behind Zach in joint fifth after a 77 while in the Boys Under 16s, Lurgan's Peter Cummins is ninth behind Rohan Boettcher of Brasil after a second successive 79.
Royal County Down Ladies' Olivia Mehaffey added an 80 to her opening 74 and lies 10th in the Girls Under 21 section, 12 shots behind US Junior Girls champion Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines, who is third overall.
Bouchou, who recently committed his future to Oklahoma State University andSilva of Chile will make up the final group alongside Zach.
Bouchou will be looking to add the Overall title to his 2013 Boys’ Under-18 crown whilst Silva goes in to today’s final round bidding to become the first ever South American winner of the Faldo Series.
Superal and Silva are one shot ahead of last year’s Boys’ Overall winner Paul Kinnear, Rohan Boettcher (Brazil) and 2012 Champion Jack Singh Brar, who posted the best round of the week, a three-under par 67.
With the field divided into five age-groups, three boys and two girls will each receive a trophy and an exemption into the Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March.
The leading boy and girl will also be invited to play in a professional Tour event and the title of Faldo Series Champion will go to the player with the lowest gross score, regardless of age or gender.
Off the course players have spent time with a number of industry experts including Faldo; Ted Bishop; Fanny Sunesson – one of the most successful caddies in golf history; Keith Wood and experts from TrackMan and ProGolf Health.
Supported by The R&A, The Greenbrier, ISPS Handa, European Tour, PGA Tour, PGA of America, West Virginia Golf Association, TaylorMade, Golf Channel, CBS, Audemars Piguet and Southern Golf the 2014 Faldo Series Europe schedule features 17 tournaments in 15 countries including three in England plus others in Abu Dhabi, Ireland, Chile, Wales, Brazil, Scotland, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and the USA.
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
Leading scores after round two:
- Boys’ Under-21: 140 – Zachary Bauchou (USA) 69-71; 142 – Gustavo Silva (CHI) 74-68; 143 – Paul Kinnear (ENG) 71-72.
- Boys’ Under-18: 139 – Simon Zach (CZE) 69-70; 143 – Jack Singh Brar (ENG) 76-67; 147 – Jamie Dick (ENG) 74-73.
- Boys’ Under-16: 143 – Rohan Boettcher (BRA) 72-71; 147 – Colin Bowles (USA) 75-72; 148 – Timo Vahlenkamp (GER) 76-72.
- Girls’ Under-21: 142 – Princess Mary Superal (PHI) 69-73; 144 – Megan Khang (USA) 76-68; 146 – Marie Lunackova (CZE) 74-72.
- Girls’ Under-16: 145 – Pauline Del Rosario (PHI) 71-74; 155 – Shannon McWilliam (SCO) 74-81; 158 – Lucy Walton (ENG) 77-81.