Faye Wheatley wins Faldo Series final

Whickham-based Faye Wheatley added international success to her growing golf CV with victory in the 25th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final at Brocket Hall.

Faye led the elite field of juniors from across Europe with a three-round total of six under-par, including a four under-par final round, to win the Girls U16 category by 14 shots and the overall title as the lowest scoring player across the five categories – beating Sam Potter by five shots.

Shortly after holing the winning putt, Faye said: “It feels really good to be the champion. I was really pleased with the way I played in the last round, I holed some good putts and just enjoyed myself.

“This is my last U16 tournament so it’s nice to finish with a bang. It’s been good to play the Grand Final and I’m hoping to come back again next year.”

In the final round, Faye posted three birdies on the front nine to go out in 32 before adding another birdie at 11. Despite a double bogey at the next, she bounced back with birdies at 15 and the par five 18th to post a closing round of 69.

Played alongside the 24th Grand Final at Brocket Hall, the event brought together qualifiers from across Europe, including Faye and Northumberland’s Morgan Blythe – who secured their places earlier this season at Dunstanburgh.