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Inaugural award for top China player at Faldo Series Final

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8 March 2012
Sir Nick Faldo and Mission Hills Golf Club in China

8 March 2012: Sir Nick Faldo and Mission Hills Golf Club in China have announced that the leading player from mainland China in next week’s Faldo Series Asia Grand Final (March 14-16) will receive the inaugural Mission Hills Trophy and a start in the 2012 Faldo Series Europe Grand Final in Northern Ireland.

“In keeping with our Faldo Series objectives, I hope the Mission Hills Trophy creates opportunity for one Chinese golfer and inspires many others,” said Faldo.  “This new award recognises the significant progress of Chinese golfers in the Series over six years and gives this year’s highest finisher an invitation to join me at the Europe Grand Final in Ireland.”

The six-time Major Champion added:  “Don’t be surprised if a Chinese player wins the Mission Hills Trophy and the overall Faldo Series Asia Champion’s Trophy this year!”

“Supporting golf development in China was an important reason behind our decision to team up with Sir Nick and help bring the Faldo Series to Asia six years ago,” commented Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills.  “The Mission Hills Trophy will give one Chinese player a unique opportunity to compete in Europe and develop as a golfer, but it will also inspire many more Chinese golfers to pursue their dreams.”

Hosted by Faldo, more than 80 of Asia’s future stars will line up in the sixth Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills in Shenzhen on March 14-16.  The tournament’s largest-ever field will compete over three rounds on the Faldo Course for the title of Faldo Series Asia Champion, awarded to the player with the lowest gross score, regardless of age or gender.

With competitors aged 13 to 21 divided into five age-categories – three for boys and two for girls – the category winners will each receive a trophy and an exemption into the 16th Europe Grand Final at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland in September 2012.  The leading boy and girl overall at the World Amateur Golf Ranking event will also be invited to play in a professional Tour event.

The winner of the inaugural Mission Hills Trophy, awarded to the player from mainland China with the lowest gross score, will also receive an invitation to play in the 2012 Europe Grand Final if he or she is not already exempt.

The Faldo Series Asia Grand Final is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, official golf wear partner UFL and official suppliers TaylorMade, Tricor and TrackMan.  It is endorsed by the Asian Tour, the Asia Pacific Golf Federation and the Guangdong Golf Association.

Established in 1996, 37 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 27 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers benefitting each year.  Past winners include current world number ones Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.

For tee times, live scores and results during the sixth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final on March 14-16, click here.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.