Sharma and Singh take Faldo Series honours in India
12 October 2012: Shubhankar Sharma won the 2012 Faldo Series India Championship in Chandigarh while Gurbani Singh triumphed in the girls’ event played in Kolkata. The two 16-year-olds from Delhi will join Sir Nick Faldo in China for the Asia Grand Final next March.
“I am really excited about the Grand Final and will try to repeat the achievements of Rashid Khan and Abhijit Chadha,” said a delighted Sharma, referring to the two past winners from India. “This is my first win of the season and I could not be happier.”
Sharma will line up in the seventh Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen after firing a four-round total of 292 at Chandigarh Golf Club. He finished two ahead of 18-year-old Harjot Singh Soni who also qualifies for Mission Hills as winner of the Boys’ Under-18 division.
In the girls’ championship, Singh opened with a course-record 64 at Tollygunge Golf Club on her way to a three-round total of 212. She will be joined at the Grand Final in March 2013 by Amandeep Drall (Girls’ Under-21) and Aditi Ashok (Girls’ Under-16).
Established in 1996 by the six-time Major winner, 38 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 28 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Other 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:
294 – Harjot Singh Soni (74-72-74-74)
295 – Arjun Singh (77-74-74-70)
300 – Roshan Raj (76-76-77-71), Aman Raj (77-74-73-76)
292 – Shubhankar Sharma (73-72-74-73)
296 – Prakhar Asawa (74-72-74-76)
297 – Piyush Sangwan (75-77-74-71)
233 – Amandeep Drall (77-79-77)
234 – Gauri Monga (81-77-76)
236 – Nanaki J Chadha (80-78-78)
212 – Gurbani Singh (64-73-75)
220 – Millie Saroha (75-75-70)
232 – Raksha Phadke (80-73-79)
218 – Aditi Ashok (73-70-75)
221 – Astha Madan (74-73-74)
225 – Seher Atwal (75-75-75)