Shih shines in Faldo Series China Championship
23 July 2013: Shih Chun-Yu of Chinese Taipei impressed in his first-ever overseas tournament with an eight-shot victory in the eighth Faldo Series China Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen. Golfers from China and Hong Kong also qualified for a return trip to Mission Hills for the Asia Grand Final next March.
“This is my first tournament outside of my country so I’m very happy to win,” said the 17-year-old following rounds of 73 and 71 to finish on level par. “Tseng Yani is a role model to all young golfers in Chinese Taipei so I would like to win a Faldo Series final like her.”
Shih will spend time with Sir Nick Faldo at the eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills in March 2014. He will be joined by age-category winners Linus Lo (Boys’ Under-16) of Hong Kong and the local Chinese pair of Wang Mei-Xing (Girls’ Under-21) from Dongguan and Shenzhen’s Pan Mei-Yi (Girls’ Under-16).
Also heading to the World Amateur Golf Ranking event next March will be leading Chinese players Wu Zi-Hao (Boys’ Under-21 runner up) and Zhang Zi-Hong (Boys’ Under-16 runner up).
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Tseng.
In September 2014, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America. The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona marks another next significant step in the programme’s history.
The 2013/2014 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 19 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China, two in India and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and Mission Hills. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.
Leading final scores:
144 – Shih Chun-Yu (TPE) 73-71
158 – Liu Tse-Sen (TPE) 82-76
152 – Linus Lo (HKG) 78-74
155 – Zhang Zi-Hong (CHN) 78-77
154 – Wang Mei-Xing (CHN) 79-75
182 – Peony Tan (HKG) 92-90
160 – Pan Mei-Yi (CHN) 81-79
170 – Andrea Au (HKG) 85-85