Xu claims Faldo Series crown in Kunming
24 January 2013: Xu Guo Zhen fired a tournament-low 74 to secure the sixth Faldo Series Kunming Championship at Lakeview Golf Club in Yunnan Province, China. 14-year-old Xu from Beijing was one of five competitors to qualify for the Asia Grand Final in March.
Xu added a 74 to his opening 77 on the Faldo Design course in Kunming to win by three from Luo Xue Wen. The Chinese pair both earned a start in the seventh Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen.
Also heading to the World Amateur Golf Ranking event at Mission Hills on March 13-15 are Peng Xiao Yi (Boys’ Under-21), Wang Zi Yi (Girls’ Under-21) and Meng Lin (Girls’ Under-16).
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 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, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.
Leading final scores:
157 – Peng Xiao Yi (82-75)
158 – Liang Ce (80-78)
151 – Xu Guo Zhen (77-74)
154 – Luo Xue Wen (77-77)
167 – Wang Zi Yi (82-85)
174 – Cui Yuan Jing (90-84)
157 – Meng Lin (79-78)
160 - Li Xi Ya (82-78)