Sam’s the man at Faldo Series Australia Championship
Sydney, Australia (December 17): Sam Nashaar wrote his name into Faldo Series history by winning the inaugural Faldo Series Australia Championship in emphatic fashion.
Making the most of home course advantage, Nashaar blew his rivals away with a stunning opening eight-under-par 64 at Sydney’s Castle Hill Country Club in the 17th leg of the record-breaking 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia season.
Further rounds of 70 and 73 gave him a 54-hole aggregate of nine-under 207 and a three-stroke triumph from Jordan Garner, who soared up the leaderboard with a final-round 66.
Sydneysider Nashaar can now look forward to a trip to China and a starting spot in the 10th Anniversary Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Shenzhen in March, 2016.
In a tournament high on quality, five players in the 60-strong field at Castle Hill bettered par in the event that is counted in the R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Six-time Major champion Faldo, Britain’s most successful golfer, said: “It’s wonderful to see such impressive scoring in our first Faldo Series Australia Championship and underlines the strength in depth in elite amateur golf in the country.
“Australia has a proud history of producing great golfing champions, male and female. Today, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Karrie Webb are among the best-known players in the world.
“It is my hope that the Faldo Series Australia Championship will provide a platform for identifying and nurturing the next generation of world-class Australian golfers.
“My thanks to everyone at Castle Hill Country Club and to all the participants for ensuring that the inaugural Faldo Series Australia Championship was such an overwhelming success.”
In total there will be a five-strong contingent flying the Australian flag for the first time at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final – Nashaar [Overall winner and Boys’ Under-21 winner]; Garner [Boys’ Under-18 winner]; Chris Fan [Boys’ Under-16 winner]; Lucy Harris [Girls’ Under-21 winner] and Amy Chu [Girls’ Under-16 winner].
Avondale Golf Club member Fan, in particular, has been in fine form this year with victory in the Brett Ogle Junior Masters and three other top-three finishes before his Faldo Series Australia Championship divisional success.
Since its inception in 1950, Castle Hill Country Club has been a frequent tournament venue. As well as holding the 2013 New South Wales (NSW) Open, the club has staged two Australian PGA Championships, three NSW PGA Championships, four Canon Challenges and the 2013 Men’s and Women’s NSW Medal.
Supported by The R&A and Mission Hills and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months and will include a minimum of 21 events in 17 countries.
Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching more than 7,000 golfers each year. Past winners include Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at last year’s Open Championship and US PGA Championship.
Faldo Series Australia Championship, leading final scores:
207 – Samuel Nashaar (64-70-73)
213 – Daniel Kolar (72-68-73)
214 – Daniel Gale (74-72-68); Mitchell Norbis (71-74-69)
210– Jordan Garner (74-70-66)
216 – Isaac Noh (71-73-72)
220 – Harry Doig (78-71-71); Josh Gadd (74-72-74)
219 – Christopher Fan (74-71-74)
223 – Brad Doherty (76-77-70)
230 – Luka Brucic (79-76-75)
241 – Lucy Harris (80-79-82)
243 – Brianna Baird (81-80-82)
263 – Anna McHugh (95-82-86)
224 – Amy Chu (74-74-76)
227 – Grace Kim (77-72-78)
239 – Bella Kil (81-75-83)