Arron Edwards-Hill produced a stirring final round fightback to win the overall 23rd Faldo Series Grand Final in some style.
The England Men’s squad player carded a brilliant six-under par round of 64 to emerge triumphant in the event staged at the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.
There was also success for Dorset’s Louise Burke in the girls’ under 16 event when she claimed victory in her section thanks to a final round of 66.
The course has proved something of a lucky charm for England Golf players in recent weeks. Josh Hill from the boys’ squad became the youngest ever winner of a ranking professional event when he won at the same venue on the MENA Tour last month.
Now Edwards-Hill has joined his countryman in writing his own bit of history in the desert.
Watched by six-time major champion and series founder Sir Nick Faldo, the Essex golfer started his third round four shots adrift of South Africa’s Dylan Melville.
But Edwards-Hill showed no fear as he followed up two rounds of 68 with a 64 to post a winning total of 10-under par.
The Chelmsford golfer fired seven birdies in his excellent final round.
Five birdies in a row from the 10th hole proved to be the key to his success and allowed Edwards-Hill to motor past Melville and win by two shots.
Burke’s four-under par final round blew away the rest of the girls’ field.
A run of four birdies in five holes before the turn gave Burke – an England Under 16 player – final round momentum.
The Broadstone GC member eventually won by six shots from Japan’s Sakura Kawakami.
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