Faldo Series announces Asia schedule for 2013
15 April 2013: Sir Nick Faldo has announced a Faldo Series Asia schedule for 2013/2014 which features 19 tournaments in 15 countries over the next 12 months. The new season begins with the sixth Philippines Championship at Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club on April 23-25.
“The announcement of our eighth season in Asia follows a historic Grand Final in China, during which we celebrated Guan Tianlang’s trip to Augusta and crowned our first Chinese Champion,” said Faldo. “Together with our recently-announced Europe schedule, we are excited to bring opportunity to more than 7,000 young golfers in 30 countries worldwide this year and for that we thank our partners, including The R&A, ISPS and Mission Hills.”
Teeing off on April 23, the Faldo Course at Eagle Ridge near Manila will host the season-opening Philippines Championship for the first time. Boys and girls aged 12 to 21 will compete for the chance to join the six-time Major Champion at the eighth Asia Grand Final which returns to Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen in March 2014.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS and Mission Hills, the 2013/2014 Asia schedule also features three more tournaments in mainland China, two in India and others in Chinese Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
The Faldo Series was established in 1996 and expanded to Asia in 2006. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
In September 2013, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America. The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.