6-Time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo Brings Faldo Series Academy to US
19 February 2013: Six-Time Major Champion, Sir Nick Faldo is bringing the Faldo Series to the US with a full-time residential academy at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Faldo will be available to the media at the official ground breaking on Saturday, February 23rd as work begins on a Faldo Design world-class practice facility at Grande Sports World. The full-time residential Faldo Series Academy (FSA), which will open for Fall 2013, will welcome elite youth golfers from around the globe for academic and golf development in search of college scholarships, a future in the golf industry, or start to a professional career,
This Faldo Series Academy will also be the full-time home to Faldo Series USA, the newest division of the Faldo Series which was launched by Faldo in 1996 and now hosts 40 events in 30 countries in an effort to provide opportunity through golf and develop tomorrow's champions. Past champions of the Faldo Series include World #1’s Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
"This is an exciting time for the Faldo Series and for young golfers from around the world," said Faldo. "I have long looked for the best way to bring the opportunity created by the teachings of the Series to the US. The great success achieved here at Grande Sports World in creating opportunity for gifted young soccer players gave us the perfect foundation to build special opportunity for young golfers here."
"We look forward to welcoming our first full-time residential students in the fall," Faldo continued. "And to work with golf coaches around the world to create one-of-a-kind camps and individual instruction to meet an individual team or player’s needs."
The site of Faldo Series Academy, Grande Sports World is also home to the Real Salt Lake – AZ Development Soccer Academy, a full-time residential soccer school for outstanding players.
As part of the groundbreaking celebration, Faldo will provide a short game clinic and be available for interviews and photographs. Tours of the Grande Sports World Performance and Training Facility will also be available.
The event takes place at the historic Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort, 12684 West Gila Bend Highway, Casa Grande, AZ 85193 beginning at 4pm. Members of the Arizona First Tee program, local high school and collegiate golfers and area dignitaries will be in attendance.
Visitors have the opportunity to see the nationally recognized Grande Sports Academy U-16 soccer team prior to ground breaking. Their game against the San Jose Earthquakes begins at 1:30.
For information about registering as a student-athlete at the Faldo Series Academy go to www.faldoseriesacademy.com or call 877-909-9777.