2017

Rai Retains Title at Faldo Series Nepal Championship

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Kathmandu (December 15): Sukra Bahadur Rai will not be resting on his laurels after retaining his title in the sixth edition of the Faldo Series Nepal Championship.

Rai, a former caddie who has risen to emerge as one of his country’s finest golfers, posted a three-stroke victory in the 11th leg of the Faldo Series Asia season at Gokarna Forest Golf Resort.

Amelia Aims for Faldo Series New Zealand Championship Success

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Christchurch, New Zealand (December 14): Amelia Garvey will be aiming to cap the most memorable year of her young golfing career with a commanding performance in next week's Faldo Series New Zealand Championship.

The 17-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding 2017. The icing on the pre-Christmas cake would be retaining her Girls' Division title at award-winning Clearwater Golf Club in the 12th leg of the Faldo Series Asia season.

Sukra Seeking Faldo Series Nepal Championship Double

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Kathmandu (December 7): Sukra Bahadur Rai will be the centre of attention when the sixth edition of the Faldo Series Nepal Championship tees-off next week.

Since his victory in last year’s event, the two-handicapper has cemented his position as one of his country’s most promising golfers.

Teddy Tetak claims Faldo Series United States glory

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This past weekend, sixty qualifiers from four regional finals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Florida assembled at Bella Collina, along with twelve ‘Friends of Faldo’ to play in the inaugural Faldo Series U.S. Grand Final, operated by the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT).

Machado tears up the record books at Faldo Series Grand Final

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29 November 2017: The Faldo Series Grand Final witnessed a breath-taking exhibition of golf from Herik Machado of Brazil. Machado was utterly peerless as he carded a magnificent course record 61 at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in UAE. Machado overhauled a six-shot overnight deficit to be crowned Grand Final Champion in remarkable fashion.

Callista Calls the Shots at Faldo Series Singapore Championship

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Singapore (November 30): Nine months after suffering a crushing sudden-death play-off defeat, Callista Chen experienced the joy of extra-time success in the 12th Faldo Series Singapore Championship.

In February, Chen was beaten in a play-off at the HSBC Women's Champions National Qualifying Tournament at Sentosa Golf Club. Riddled with nerves, she drove out of bounds and missed out on a coveted place among the game's elite female professionals in the LPGA Tour event.

Gale charges ahead in Faldo Series Grand Final

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28 November 2017: Australian Daniel Gale fired a sublime 65 to build a comprehensive five-shot lead on the second day of the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final. Gale shot six birdies at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club and will go into the final day tomorrow confident of a fine victory.

Salter and Gale tied after first day of Grand Final

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27 November 2017: Australian Daniel Gale and Englishman Charlie Salter set a scorching pace to lead the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club. The pair shot 66 on an enthralling first day to sit one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

Elite Rivals Face-Off at Faldo Series Singapore Championship

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Singapore (November 24): Friendships will take a back seat when Elite Women’s Squad members Callista Chen, Jacqueline Young and Erika Layson face-off in next week’s Faldo Series Singapore Championship. 

Chen and Young joined forces in the Singapore team that competed in this year’s Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia and along with Layson are among a seven-strong group rated as the Island Republic’s outstanding female players.

Sudden-Death Drama at Faldo Series Bangladesh Championship

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Dhaka, Bangladesh (November 18): Shomrat Shikder held his nerve to secure a nail-biting sudden-death play-off victory in the fourth edition of the Faldo Series Bangladesh Championship.

Displaying admirable calm in the heat of battle, Shikder made a birdie at the first extra hole to defeat Shahab Uddin in the ninth leg of the 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia season at Kurmitola Golf Club.

Yamaguchi Savours Success at Faldo Series Japan Championship

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Tokyo, Japan (November 13): Teenage golfing prodigy Suzuka Yamaguchi survived a last-day scare to emerge triumphant in the Faldo Series Japan Championship.

Joyce Smalley Faldo

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Joyce Smalley Faldo, mother of golf's six-time Major Champion and former World #1 - Sir Nick Faldo passed away yesterday, of natural causes.   Mrs. Faldo passed peacefully with her son at her side.   

A grateful lifetime resident of Welwyn Garden City, she was born on July 22, 1927 on Knella Road, in what was then only a 7 year old, original, Garden City.  She resided in that City, which her father Joseph James Smalley helped build, for 90 years.

Nagano and Nakajima headline Faldo Series Japan Championship

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Tokyo, Japan (November 6): The prospect of a return trip to Danang’s Laguna Lăng Cô will be a driving force for Keita Nakajima and Minori Nagano when they tee-off in this week’s Faldo Series Japan Championship.

Among the pre-tournament favourites at the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final eight months ago, Nakajima and Nagano’s hopes of challenging for top honours did not materialise.

Floods Force Postponement of Faldo Series Bangladesh Championship

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Dhaka, Bangladesh (October 23): Torrential rain has forced the postponement of this week’s Faldo Series Bangladesh Championship.

With the Kurmitola Golf Club under water after three days of non-stop rain, tournament organisers had no option but to call off the 54-hole event that was scheduled to tee-off tomorrow.

Fresh Faces Aim to Impress at Faldo Series Bangladesh Championship

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Dhaka, Bangladesh (October 19): A new name will be inscribed onto the Faldo Series Bangladesh Championship trophy next week. 

With past champions Mohd Rasel and international team-mate Mohd Akber Hossain no longer eligible to compete among the juniors, attention at the fourth edition of the Bangladesh event will focus on a host of other young home-grown golfers seeking to stamp their mark in the game.

Faldo Heads PGA Conference Line-Up at Laguna Golf Phuket

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Phuket, Thailand: Six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo will be a keynote speaker at the first PGA Members’ International Conference. 

The conference will be staged from November 5-8 at Laguna Golf Phuket, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF).

It will bring together PGA Members and delegates from across the globe to Laguna Phuket Resort, one of Asia’s premier fully integrated resort destinations.

Vanchai Ends ‘Toy’s’ Winning Story at Faldo Series Thailand Championship South

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Phuket, Thailand (October 3): Napat Paramacharoenroj’s reign as Faldo Series Thailand Championship - South winner has been ended by national squad player Mark Vanchai Luangnitikul after a thrilling duel at Laguna Golf Phuket.

Elite Victory for Huang at Faldo Series Chinese Taipei Championship

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Taipei, Chinese Taipei (October 2): Huang Kuan-hsun produced a high-class performance to claim an assured wire-to-wire victory in the Faldo Series Chinese Taipei Championship.

Living upto his billing as the top-ranked male player in the field at the sixth leg of the 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia season, Huang posted a three-day total of five-under-par 211 at Tsai Hsing Elite Club.

‘Toy’ Story Sequel at Faldo Series Thailand South Championship

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Phuket, Thailand (September 27): Napat Paramacharoenroj returns to familiar surrounds when he begins the defence of his Faldo Series Asia title this week.

It was six months ago that 16-year-old Napat, nicknamed ‘Khun Toy’, scored a stunning victory in the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Laguna Golf Lăng Cô in the Central Vietnamese city of Danang.

Females to the Fore at Faldo Series Chinese Taipei Championship

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Taipei, Chinese Taipei (September 22): Huang Kuan-hsun is bracing himself for a multi-pronged female challenge at next week's Faldo Series Chinese Taipei Championship.

Despite his billing as the top-ranked male player in the field for the sixth leg of the 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia season, Huang knows he won't be labelled as pre-tournament favourite for the 54-hole event at Tsai Hsing Elite Club.

The Faldo Series comes to America through partnership with IJGT

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29 August 2017: Sir Nick Faldo’s global junior development effort, the Faldo Series, which hosts events in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America, will now partner with the IJGT to bring opportunities for junior golfers in the United States to compete in the Faldo Series.    

Winners of the first ever US Grand Final in November at the Bella Collina Club in Monte Verde, Florida will qualify for Faldo Series Europe Grand Final.  

Longley wins by three in Faldo Series South Championship

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25 August 2017: Nathan Longley closed the Faldo Series regular season with a superlative win at Royal Ashdown Forest in the England South Championship. Longley fired a sumptuous 68 to open proceedings before following up with a 70 and a 74. The Worthing member is rewarded with a precious qualifying spot in the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final in November.

Pavol Mach the Master at Faldo Series Slovakia

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25 August 2017: Pavol Mach went supersonic to claim the Faldo Series Slovakia Championship by one shot at Black Stork Golf Resort. The 16-year-old Slovakian fired rounds of 76-70-71 to claim victory and a place in his second Faldo Series Grand Final.

Faldo Series Grand Final set for Al Ain

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17 August 2017: The 21st Faldo Series Grand Final will take place at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates on November 27-29. Supported by The R&A, the European Tour, the PGA and IJGA, the Faldo Series Grand Final will be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo.

Callum Farr takes Faldo Series Midlands Title

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10 August 2017: Callum Farr pipped Matthew Myers to win the England Midlands Championship by a single shot. Farr fired rounds of 73, 69 and 71 to win at a rain soaked Trentham Golf Club and in the process march through to his first ever Faldo Series Grand Final.

Griffiths triumphant at Faldo Series Germany

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4 August 2017: Niklas Jason Griffiths played some terrific golf to win the eighth Faldo Series Germany Championship at A-ROSA Scharmützelsee. Griffiths fired rounds of 71, 70 and 69 on the acclaimed Faldo Course to win the competition by four shots. Griffiths will now play in his first ever Faldo Series Grand Final.

Harvey Talarczyk claims England North Championship

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3 August 2017: Harvey Talarczyk emerged victorious at Pleasington Golf Club in the Faldo Series England North Championship. Talarczyk battled the high quality field and the elements to claim a two shot victory and securing qualification for the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final.

Duo share spoils at Faldo Series Hong Kong Championship

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Hong Kong (July 31): National squad members Yannick Artigolle and Chloe Chan claimed a share of top honours after a tense final round in the Faldo Series Hong Kong Championship.

The duo ended the 54-hole R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking contest with identical aggregates of 217 over the North Course at the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Course.

Bryce battles to win in Faldo Series Scotland

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28 July 2017: Joseph Bryce fought through a playoff to claim victory at The Dukes in the Faldo Series Scotland Championship. Bryce defeated fellow Scot James Wilson on a sudden death shootout on the 17th hole. Bryce will now line up in his first Faldo Series Grand Final.

Faldo Series Hong Kong Championship Showdown in Store

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Hong Kong (July 24): Yannick Artigolle and Leon D’Souza will renew their rivalry at this week’s Faldo Series Hong Kong Championship.

In what promises to be an intriguing battle of wits, D’Souza is seeking to regain the title he won in 2015, while his national squad team-mate Artigolle is bidding to retain the crown he claimed last year.

Lisy prevails in playoff drama in Czech Championship

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19 July 2017: Ondrej Lisy fought through an epic playoff showdown with New Zealander Markopolo Fullepp to win the Faldo Series Czech Championship at Greensgate Resort. The pair could not be split in three days of ordinary competition and even then it took 7 extra holes for Lisy to claim the win. Lisy will now attend his first Faldo Series Grand Final.

Chen’s Birdie Blitz Secures Faldo Series China Championship Title

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Haikou, China (July 12): An early flurry of birdies set Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-yu on the path to victory in the 12th Faldo Series China Championship.

Thanks to a brilliant final-round three-under-par 69 over the award-winning Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Haikou, the left-handed Chen swept to the top of the leaderboard.

All set for seventh Faldo Series Czech Championship

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11 July 2017: The Faldo Series returns to Dyskina on July 14th for the seventh Faldo Series Czech Championship with more than 80 young players expected to compete. Greensgate Golf and Leisure Resort will play host for the second time as the promising talent in the Czech Republic is again provided opportunity.

Butler serves up win at England South Championship

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6 July 2017: Harry Butler closed with a 70 to seal the win at Old Fold Manor in the Faldo Series England South Championship by three shots. Butler held off strong challenges from South African Gaelen Trew and Englishman Paul Waring to win the 54-hole event. Butler has now qualified for the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final.

New Mission Hills Test at Faldo Series China Championship

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Haikou, China (July 4): A new venue, an old champion and a 12-year-old prodigy will share centre stage when the 12th Faldo Series China Championship tees-off on Friday.

For the first time since the event was inaugurated, it’s moving from its traditional Mission Hills Dongguan home to Mission Hills’ sprawling complex on Hainan Island, China’s smallest and southernmost Province.

Hanako Holds Firm at Faldo Series Vietnam Championship

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Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam (June 27): Hanako Kawasaki signalled a changing of the guard in Vietnamese junior golf with her victory in the 10th anniversary edition of the Faldo Series Vietnam Championship.

With a three-day aggregate of even-par 216 at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, scratch-handicapper Kawasaki topped the standings in the tournament that was staged in conjunction with the second Vietnam Junior Open.

10th Anniversary Celebrations for Faldo Series Vietnam Championship

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Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam (June 21): Aspiring young Vietnamese golfers will tread in the footsteps of reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia when they line up in this week’s 10th edition of the Faldo Series Vietnam Championship.

For the second year in succession, the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking-counting event, which acts as the third leg of the 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia campaign, is being held at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip. 

The Faldo Course at Amendoeira Golf Resort has been nominated once again for ‘Portugal’s Best Golf Course’ accolade

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Following its triumph at last year’s World Golf Awards, the Faldo Course at the renowned Amendoeira Golf Resort has again been nominated for the title of ‘Portugal’s Best Golf Course’in the 2017 edition of the highly respected international awards.

Machado the Master in Brazil

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5 June 2017: Herik Machado was peerless as he put on a masterclass in the Faldo Series South America Championship. Machado fired three brilliant rounds of 68, 66 and 68 to win by nine shots at Alphaville Graciosa in Brazil. Machado will now play in his third Grand Final in September.

Weerawish Upstages Rivals at Faldo Series Thailand Championship

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Pattaya, Thailand (May 31): Weerawish Narkprachar upstaged some of his country’s leading juniors to emerge triumphant in the 12th edition of the Faldo Series Thailand Championship (North).

Weerawish, who turned 13 in February, had the distinction of bettering par in both rounds in the second leg of the 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia season at Plutaluang Navy Golf Course, a 30-minute drive south of Pattaya.

Eagle Ridge Glory for Kim in Faldo Series Philippines Championship

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Manila, Philippines (May 23): Kim Tae-soo snared a final-hole birdie to clinch a thrilling victory in the 10th edition of the Faldo Series Philippines Championship. 

Holding his nerve in a memorable finale, the Manila-based Korean emerged a worthy winner in the opening leg of the 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia campaign.

Faldo Series marks ten years in Brazil

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26 May 2017: The Faldo Series will celebrate ten years in Brazil when its annual South America Championship tees off at Alphaville Graciosa in Curitiba on June 2-4. Over 90 players are expected to head to the South coast of Brazil for the three day competition.

With World Amateur Golf Ranking points on offer, golfers aged 12 to 21 will compete over three rounds in the tenth Faldo Series South America Championship, which moves to Alphaville Graciosa for the first time.

Sir Nick’s New Goal for 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia Season

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Singapore (May 21): Consolidation will be the watchword during the 12th season of the Faldo Series Asia. 

Spanning 10 months, the 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia campaign will visit 17 countries and comprise a minimum of 21 events, all part of The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Journey of a lifetime at Faldo Series Asia Grand Final

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Hue, Vietnam: Laguna Lăng Cô’s hosting of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final will help to underscore the venue’s reputation as a genuine world-class golf destination.

Two months may have elapsed since the staging of the 11th edition of the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event, but the dramatic finale to a memorable week is still fresh in the mind.

Faldo Series heads to the Middle East

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27 March 2017: The Faldo Series returns to Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in Abu Dhabi on March 28-30, where five winners will join Sir Nick Faldo at the season-ending Grand Final.

Players will enjoy the challenge of a redesigned front nine with the 2017 event at Al Ain boasting representation from 20 countries. Local youngsters will benefit as Sir Nick Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood is on hand all week to provide clinics for the players and local schoolchildren from the city of Al Ain.

Faldo Series season tees off in Northern Ireland

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24 March 2017: The new Faldo Series season begins at the stunning Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland on April 3-4. Lough Erne will welcome a field brimming with precocious talent for the tenth Faldo Series Ireland Championship with places in the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final awaiting the age group winners.

Gutsy Gale leads Australian challenge at Faldo Series Asia Grand Final

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Hue, Vietnam (March 17): Led by Daniel Gale, the five-strong Australian team at the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final acquitted themselves well.

Gale was among only a handful of players who had the distinction of bettering par on all three days at the Faldo Design Laguna Lang Co course.

Thanks to rounds of 70, 68 and a closing 69, Gale topped the standings in the Boys’ Under-21 category and finished third overall, just two strokes behind the champion, Thailand’s Napat Paramacharoenroj.

Triumphant Toy Story at Faldo Series Asia Grand Final

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Hue, Vietnam (March 17): Thailand’s Napat Paramacharoenroj produced a grandstand finish to claim a notable victory in the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final. 

Under the gaze of six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo, Napat – nicknamed Toy – drained a 35-foot birdie putt on the final green at the award-winning Faldo Design layout at Laguna Lăng Cô in Danang for a closing three-under-par 68 in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event.

New Toy Story unfolds at Faldo Series Asia Grand Final

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Hue, Vietnam (March 16): Rising Thailand star Napat Paramacharoenroj heeded the advice of Sir Nick Faldo to soar into contention at the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.

The 15-year-old – nicknamed Khun Toy – made light of breezy conditions to fire a four-under-par 67 over the Faldo Design layout at Laguna Lăng Cô in Danang.

Underdogs to the Fore at Faldo Series Asia Grand Final

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Hue, Vietnam (March 15): A 22-year-old Bangladeshi and a 16-year-old Indonesian upstaged their more fancied rivals on a gripping opening day at the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.

With a bogey-free, five-under-par 66 over the acclaimed Faldo Design layout at Laguna Lăng Cô in Danang, scratch-handicapper Mohammad Rasel, the number two ranked amateur in Bangladesh, set a blistering pace.

Koreans keyed Up for Faldo Series Asia Grand Final debut

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Hue, Vietnam (March 14): Korean golfers are determined to make an instant impression when they contest this week’s 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.

Among the highlights of the record-breaking 2016-17 Faldo Series Asia season was the staging of the inaugural Faldo Series Korea Championship, won is stunning style by rising teenage star Ryu Hae-ran.

Faldo Series Asia Grand Final wildcard for Naraadjie

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Jakarta, Indonesia (March 8): Disappointment has turned to delight for rising Indonesian star Naraadjie Emerald Ramadhan.

The 16-year-old produced one of the finest performances of his fledgling career in last month’s Faldo Series Indonesia Championship when he fired a stunning final round of nine-under-par 63 at Damai Indah Golf’s BSD Course in West Java.

Unique Vietnamese Experience Awaits Faldo Series Asia Grand Finalists

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Hue, Vietnam (February 28): Participants in next month’s 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Laguna Lăng Cô can expect ‘a stern and strategic’ test of golf.

More than 90 of the region’s most promising golfing prospects will lock horns in the 54-hole R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event over the acclaimed Faldo Design layout in Danang, Central Vietnam from March 15-17.

As qualifiers from more than 20 countries will discover, a fresh challenge awaits.

Unique Vietnamese experience awaits Faldo Series Asia Grand Finalists

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Hue, Vietnam (February 27): Participants in next month’s 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Laguna Lăng Cô can expect ‘a stern and strategic’ test of golf.

More than 90 of the region’s most promising golfing prospects will lock horns in the 54-hole R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event over the acclaimed Faldo Design layout in Danang, Central Vietnam from March 15-17.

As qualifiers from more than 20 countries will discover, a fresh challenge awaits.

Wijono deals winning hand in Faldo Series Indonesia Championship

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Jakarta, Indonesia (February 20): Jonathan Wijono’s purple patch continued with a thrilling extra-time victory in the 10th anniversary edition of the Faldo Series Indonesia Championship.

Maintaining his rich vein of recent form, the 16-year-old prevailed at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off against Naraadjie Emerald Ramadhan.

Wijono targets Faldo Series Indonesia Championship

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Jakarta (February 13): Highly-rated Jonathan Wijono will aim to deny Tirto Tamardi a successful title defence in the 10th anniversary edition of the Faldo Series Indonesia Championship.

Heading into the 21st and final leg of the record-breaking 2016-17 Faldo Series Asia season, Wijono will be brimming with confidence following an astonishing run of almost unbroken success in the past six months.

Wijono Targets Faldo Series Indonesia Championship

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Jakarta (February 13): Highly-rated Jonathan Wijono will aim to deny Tirto Tamardi a successful title defence in the 10th anniversary edition of the Faldo Series Indonesia Championship.

Heading into the 21st and final leg of the record-breaking 2016-17 Faldo Series Asia season, Wijono will be brimming with confidence following an astonishing run of almost unbroken success in the past six months.

Faldo Series Asia Champion Prasad joins pro ranks

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Dhaka, Bangladesh (January 31): Ten months after writing his name into golfing history by winning the 10th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, a new chapter in the career of Arjun Prasad will be written when he makes his Asian Tour debut as a professional this week.

At the age of 17, the Indian will be the youngest player in the field at the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open, the third leg of the 2017 Asian Tour season.

Major Champions combine to promote junior golf at The Els Club at Copperleaf

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JOHANNESBURG – An international teams event featuring boys and girls in South Africa, an idea created and discussed by two legendary Major champions while in America, is finally becoming a reality.

Sir Nick Faldo and Ernie Els are bringing together teams from their respective foundations, the Faldo Series and the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, together with a team from the South African Golf Development Board and they will compete in a unique event to promote boys and girls golf globally and develop tomorrow’s champions.  

Play-Off joy for Zong at Faldo Series Kunming Championship

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Kunming (January 5): Zong Zenghaoqi staged a dramatic final-round fightback to celebrate the New Year with an unlikely victory in the 10th edition of the Faldo Series Kunming Championship.

Six shots off the pace after an erratic opening 79 at the award-winning Lakeview Golf Club, Zong looked like he’d have to settle for a minor placing in the 20th and penultimate leg of the record-breaking 2016-17 Faldo Series Asia season.