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Sir Nick Faldo hosts golf tournament for youth at the Greenbrier

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Sir Nick Faldo made a trip to the Greenbrier this week, but this time to hold his own tournament.

For the first time "America's Resort" hosted the Faldo Series Grand Final.

"My vision, my goal is to come to America and bring this to America and this is my number one choice after my relationship with the Greenbrier," said Faldo.

The Faldo Series gives opportunities for golfers ages 12 to 21 opportunities through golf. Since its launch in 1996 it has spread worldwide. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice is thrilled to host one of the tournaments.

"I say it over and over I can't tell you how proud we are to be affiliated with Sir Nick Faldo, I mean, it cant get much better than that," said Justice.

99 men and women participated in the event that lasted Tuesday through Thursday.

19 countries were are represented here at the tournament including 8 Americans. Out of that group, 3 were from West Virginia.

"There are few from West Virginia so I'm trying to just go out and play for us," said Thadd Obecny II, a golfer from Wheeling, WV.

The golfers worked with experts in the industry including a sports psychologist, coaches and Sir Nick Faldo himself.

"I got to meet Nick Faldo and I got a hug from him," said Adeena Shears, another West Virginia native from Parkersburg.

The weather conditions were less than perfect, with occasional snow flurries and gusts of wind, but the golfers from the Mountain State were just happy to be representing West Virginia.

Shears added, "West Virginia is such a small state and I'm just proud to come here and represent such a small state."

The tournament series will relocate to another city across the world soon, but not before naming a Faldo Series Grand Final Champion.