Ambitious Bone set for Faldo final fling

Hayling Island GC's Daniel Bone
Hayling Island GC's Daniel Bone
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Daniel Bone is gunning for success at the Faldo Series Grand Final when he travels to Northern Ireland this weekend.

The Hayling Island member won the under-18 category and finished third overall at the UK Championship qualifying event at East Sussex’s Royal Ashdown Forest in May.

And that quality win, combined with some recent bad weather training, has given the talented teenager the confidence to go for glory at the prestigious Lough Erne Resort finale, which will attract the world’s top emerging young players.

Bone said: ‘Obviously I’m up against competitors from Europe and beyond but who’s to say I can’t win?

‘My training’s going well – I’ve been practising in the bad weather recently to get used to the conditions because I don’t think they’ll be very good.

‘Playing at Hayling, I’m quite used to windy conditions so that will be of benefit to me.

‘I’m hitting more punch shots to keep my game low and you need a stable base for putting in the wind.

‘It’s just a few little adjustments to my game because bad weather conditions suit me but I’m confident after scoring under par a few times recently.

‘I’ve done it before so I can do it again.’

A win in County Fermanagh would secure a place at the Asia Grand Final event at China’s Mission Hills course early next year but Bone is focused on his current task.

‘I’m not worried about that at the moment,’ he admitted.

‘I’m just concentrating on this tournament for now.’

The Lough Erne competition will run from Monday to Wednesday next week, with Bone checking into the resort on Saturday to ensure he’s able to get as much practice on the challenging course as possible.

The list of 81 golfers from 17 different nations who will contest the final is headed by Japan’s Masamichi Ito.

He will be defending his title after winning last year’s event aged just 15, the youngest ever Faldo Series champion.

Previous winners of the Faldo Series include current US Open champion Rory McIlroy – a three-time winner – and the European Tour’s Nick Dougherty.