Nicholas Inderthal booked a place in the 2010 Faldo Series Europe Grand Final when he won the inaugural Faldo Series Germany Championship over the acclaimed Faldo Course at the Sporting Club Berlin in the Sport and SPA Resort A-Rosa Scharm?tzelsee.
Inderthal, a plus-1 handicapper from GCC Seddiner See, recorded rounds of 73 and 69 for a two under par total of 142 and a single shot victory over Luxembourg’s Alexander Verschaeren and now moves onto the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final to be played at the Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on September 21-23.
The 17-year-old Inderthal will be joined at Lough Erne Resort by Verschaeren whose rounds of 72 and 71 were good enough to give him a two stroke victory over Dennis Neuerburg in the Boys’ Under-21 age group category.
Marcel Ohorn is also bound for the Grand Final at the home of the Faldo Series Europe after carding rounds of 75 and 69 to finish three shots ahead of Julian Wernicke in the Boys’ Under-16 event while Christina Zuber and Jacqueline Willenbrock also qualified after winning the Girls’ Under-21 and Girls’ Under-16 age group categories respectively.
Supported by The R&A, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, the first ever Germany Championship saw Inderthal defy driving rain to post a one over par 73 in the opening round. He then fired four birdies and dropped just one shot in a second round 69 that saw him overhaul overnight leaders Sasha Schmidt and Ansgar Hucke and finish one shot ahead of Verschaeren and two in front of Marcel Ohorn and Dennis Neuerburg.
The German’s charge began when he birdied both the 352-yard par-3 4th and the 512-yard par-5 6th. He dropped a shot at the 355-yard par-4 8th but then stormed home in 34 after further birdies at the 533-yard par-5 10th and the 200-yard par-3 13th.
Verschaeren pressed Inderthal all the way after racing to the turn in two under par 34 but his challenge stuttered when he dropped two shots at the 374-yard par-4 15th. He bounced back with a brave birdie at the 336-yard par-3 16th but then lost the chance to tie with his rival when he took five on the 434-yard par-4 closing hole.
“I can’t begin to tell you how pleased I am to win the Faldo Series Germany Championship and qualify for a place in the Grand Final at the Lough Erne Resort,” said Inderthal.
“This weekend has been a great experience for me and I am really looking forward to the trip to Northern Ireland.”
Ohorn showed maturity beyond his years when he posted a marvellous second round 69 that saw him finish tied third in the overall event and claim victory in the Boys’ Under-16 category. Zuber produced rounds of 82 and 88 to finish two shots in front of Vivian Gallin in the Girls’ Under-21 while Willenbrock posted rounds of 79 and 85 to record a narrow one shot win over Antonia-Leonie Eberhard in the Girls’ Under-16 category.
Willenbrock’s victory came less than a month after she helped her Wannsee club win the German Women’s Team Championship at the same venue.
“I have to admit I didn’t play well today so I’m a bit relieved to get through to the Grand Final,” said Willenbrock. “It’s going to be great to play in Northern Ireland next month and I’m definitely going to come back next year and play in the Faldo Series Germany Championship again.”
The participants also benefited from a number of off-course seminars from Sir Nick Faldo’s coach, Keith Wood who also conducted a free golf clinic for local children on the final day.
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