Faldo gives a golfing masterclass

EXPERT ADVICE: Sir Nick Faldo

EXPERT ADVICE: Sir Nick Faldo

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Sir Nick Faldo was the star at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa this week, giving a masterclass to the club’s members who had volunteered to marshall at the two big international events being held on the Gainsborough course.

The 20th annual Faldo Series Grand Final teed off on Tuesday, with many of the world’s best young amateurs competing at the Suffolk resort in the three-day event.

The Gainsborough Course is hosting winners from 19 different nations, including winners from European Faldo Series events, winners from the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, selected invitees as chosen by the PGA of America, and for the first time ever, invitees from the ANNIKA Foundation.

Susan Rendall, managing director of the resort, said before the tournament: “The team at Stoke-by-Nayland are excited to welcome this crop of talented golfers from around the world.

“We’re proud to be working together with the Series in its milestone 20th year.

“Sir Nick has been a leading light in providing opportunity to young people through golf for so many years and it’s great to be able to support this effort.”

Speaking to BBC Look East on Tuesday evening, Faldo said: “We all like to give back to the game and I’ve seen what it’s done for many kids.

“We have 40 events in 30 different countries all across the globe now.”

The event concludes today, but after day one on Tuesday, nothing could split Adam Chapman and Jiri Zuska at the top of the leaderboard.

Czech Republic’s Zuska carved out birdie opportunities on the front nine before eagling his 11th hole.

His 67 would be enough to claim a lead against almost any field, but England’s Chapman fought superbly to join him.

The field is split into five age categories with the leading boy and girl invited to play in a professional tour event.