This week the Faldo Elite Tour returned to where it all began for Sir Nick Faldo in 1971, Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.
In its Centenary year, Welwyn Garden City Golf Club continued its association with the Faldo Series to host the third leg of the newly formed Elite Tour. The third event of the season had everything to play for as the Top 3 players in the rankings to Sprint 1 will earn a Challenge Tour exemption based on their best two finishes thus far.
Another exceptional field assembled in Hertfordshire, including Walker Cup player’s Josh Berry, Arron Edwards-Hill, and Hugh Foley.
It was Foley who took the win after shooting an impressive six under, 64. After starting with a bogey, Foley went on to birdie the 2nd, 6th, 8th and 9th holes. A similarly impressive back nine followed with birdies on the 11th, 13th and 17th to take a two shot victory over Spain’s Ruben Lafuente Montesa.
Foley, from Royal Dublin Golf Club said, ‘You can see why Sir Nick is such a great iron player, the greens are so narrow but once you’re on you have a chance. Many thanks to the Faldo Series team once again for the opportunities provided to be able to play on the Challenge Tour this year’.
Despite his second place at Welwyn Garden City, Montesa’s continued good form has also earned himself a Challenge Tour start through the Sprint 1 rankings, alongside Seb Cave who was victorious at Heswall to take the remaining start.
Many thanks to David Spring, Kelly Cooke, and Marlene Duke, and the whole team at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club for a fantastic event, the course was in superb condition and provided a precise test to the Elite Tour players.
The next Faldo Elite Tour event takes place at Murrayshall, Scotland on the 6th of June.