Kim claims first Faldo Series in Cambodia
12 September 2012: Kim Dong Hyun of South Korea fired a final-round 67 to win the 2012 Faldo Series Cambodia Championship at Angkor Golf Resort. A new grass-roots golf initiative was launched during the inaugural tournament in Siem Reap.
Kim finished on five under par after two rounds on the Faldo Design course, one ahead of Thailand’s Nitithorn Thippong. The 16-year-old South Korean qualifies for the seventh Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by the six-time Major winner at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March.
Also joining Sir Nick Faldo for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event in Shenzhen will be girls’ champion Asha Lakshme Balakrishnan of Malaysia and Thailand’s Thanadol Sangkoranee who clinched the Boys’ Under-21 division by count-back. Seng Van Seiha from Phnom Penh received a special invitation to Mission Hills as the leading Cambodian.
25 younger children also attended the first Cambodia Championship for a free golf clinic and the chance to watch the competitors in action. The local schoolchildren will return to Angkor Golf Resort for regular coaching as part of a new grass-roots’ initiative to help boost access to golf for a younger audience.
Established in 1996, 38 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 28 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
The 2012/2013 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 18 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, official golf wear partner UFL and official suppliers TaylorMade and Tricor. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.
Leading final scores:
142 – Thanadol Sangkoranee (THA) 72-70, Nick Ang Xia Ee (MAL) 70-72, Sitipong Wiangchanok (THA) 70-72
139 – Kim Dong Hyun (KOR) 72-67
140 – Nitithorn Thippong (THA) 73-67
144 – Thanaphum Khanchitworakun (THA) 74-70, Pubadi Sirisilp (THA) 73-71
144 – Asha Lakshme Balakrishnan (MAL) 73-71
153 – Celine Lim Shwu Ling (MAL) 76-77
157 – Bhenyapa Buranasiri (THA) 80-77