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14 August 2012
The Faldo Series will celebrate its fifth year in Russia

14 August 2012: The Faldo Series will celebrate its fifth year in Russia when Sir Nick Faldo’s global golf development programme tees off at Agalarov Golf and Country Club on August 28-30.  Golfers will compete for a place in the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final in Northern Ireland.

“The Faldo Series has enjoyed a strong affiliation with Russia, dating back to 2001 when Grigory Bondarenko became the first overseas winner of our Grand Final,” commented Faldo.  “I thank the AMS Group for taking the Russia Championship from strength to strength and for bringing opportunity to so many Russian golfers for five years now.”

“We are very proud to be bringing the Faldo Series to Russia for the fifth time. Each year has been very special and we look forward to celebrating this special occasion with all the players,” added Hans Koeleman, Director of HK Golf Development. “The Faldo Series is once again combining forces with the Russian Golf Association to also make this tournament the Russian Youth Championship 2012.”

With World Amateur Golf Ranking points on offer, more than 50 golfers aged 12 to 21 will compete over three rounds in the fifth Faldo Series Russia Championship at Agalarov in Moscow.  Competitors and local school children alike will also spend time with Faldo’s personal coach, Keith Wood.

Five age-group winners – three boys and two girls – will qualify for the sixteenth Grand Final, to be hosted by the six-time Major winner at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland on September 11-13. 

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, 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. 

Golfers born in 1991 or later wishing to enter the Faldo Series Russia Championship on August 28-30 should email pronk@ams.msk.ru or visit www.amsonline.ru.  The event at Agalarov Golf and Country Club in Moscow is open to all nationalities.

For more information on the Faldo Series Russia Championship click here.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.