Manas claims Faldo Series crown in Kuala Lumpur
18 October 2012: Muhammad Wafiyuddin Abdul Manas has qualified for his first Faldo Series Asia Grand Final by claiming a two-shot victory in the seventh Malaysia Championship at Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur. Five Malaysians will join Sir Nick Faldo in China next March.
21-year-old Manas (KGRUUM) finished on two over par after three rounds to hold off the challenge of Chan Tuck Soon (MGA). Tuck Soon topped the Boys’ Under-18 division to earn his place alongside Manas at the Grand Final in March 2013.
Nur Durriyah Damian (MGA) finished third overall to triumph in the Girls’ Under-21 division and earn a return trip to the Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen. Damian won the 2012 Girls’ Under-21 title at Mission Hills and recently returned from the Europe Grand Final in Northern Ireland.
Two other age-group winners heading to the seventh Asia Grand Final are Hiew Alvin (Boys’ Under-16) of Palm Resort and MGA’s Kelie Kan Kah Yan (Girls’ Under-16).
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, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Pakistan, 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:
218 – Muhammad Wafiyuddin Abdul Manas (74-69-75)
225 – Amirul Aizat Bin Abdul Bahar (74-72-79)
234 – Muhammad Al Azim Mohd Azmi (80-78-76)
220 – Chan Tuck Soon (72-72-76)
227 – Ahmad Zahir (76-77-74)
229 – Muhammad Ridhwan (71-79-79)
229 – Hiew Alvin (81-76-72)
230 – Mohammad Asyraf Rosli (79-76-75)
231 – Aaerishna Shahsthy (80-75-76), Ervin Chang (74-77-80)
222 – Nur Durriyah Damian (77-73-72)
224 – Hillferah Tan (72-82-70)
227 – Isza Fariza Ismail (75-75-77)
230 – Kelie Kan Kah Yan (81-75-74)
233 – Chong Yong (82-78-73)
238 – Ashley Lau (79-81-78)