Al Bishei of Qatar wins Faldo Series in Middle East
27 March 2012: Ali Abdulla Al Bishei celebrated victory in the third Faldo Series Middle East Championship at The Royal Golf Club in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Qatar national team player led by two shots after an opening round of 71 before firing a 73 on the final day to post a level par score of 144 and see off the multinational field.
Tournament Director Cormac Flannery of the Royal Golf Club was delighted to host the event in Bahrain. “It was a fantastic weekend of golf with great scoring. The Faldo Series is a great opportunity for young golfers around the region to experience competitive play and I wish them all the best at the Grand Final in Ireland and in their budding golf careers.”
The opening tournament of the 2012 Faldo Series Europe season also featured a nine-hole “Faldo Mini Series” event on the club’s par-three course for younger players, part of a drive to help develop grass-roots activity in the Middle East.
Other age-group winners included Jakub Hrinda of Slovakia (Boys’ Under-16), Kuwait’s Julia Alhemoud (Girls’ Under-16) and 2011 Faldo Series Asia finalist Georgia Coughlin of England (Girls’ Under-21). Along with Al Bishei, they become the first players of the season to book their places in the 16th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final, to be hosted by six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland in September.
Supported by The R&A, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, the 2012 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 14 countries including six in England plus others in Bahrain, Ireland, Chile, the Czech Republic, Greece, Wales, Austria, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, Slovakia and Russia.
Established in 1996, 37 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 27 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
Leading final scores:
144 – Ali Abdulla Al Bishei (Qatar) 71-73
150 – Oscar Spolander (Sweden) 73-77
151 – Donovan Liddicoat (South Africa) 78-73
159 – Jakub Hrinda (Slovakia) 81-78
163 – Kim Jung Bin (South Korea) 83-80
172 – Khalifa Daij Ahmed (Bahrain) 87-85, Yousef Bahman (Kuwait) 83-89
161 – Georgia Coughlin (England) 78-83
185 – Tabea Lutz (Germany) 95-90
156 – Julia Alhemoud (Kuwait) 78-78
163 – Deanna Ngo (Singapore) 79-84