Celestino celebrates Faldo Series win in The Philippines

26 April 2012
Lawrence Celestino

26 April 2012: Lawrence Celestino birdied the third hole of a sudden death play-off to win the fifth Faldo Series Philippines Championship at TAT Filipinas Golf Club in San Pedro.  The 20-year-old local from Cavite triumphed over Korea’s Phil Kyu Cho in the opening event of the 2012/2013 Faldo Series Asia season.

“I’m excited to go back to the Grand Final and meet Nick Faldo again,” said Celestino who qualifies for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in China for the second time following his win in 2010.  “Last time was a great experience but I didn’t play that well.  This time I will be ready.”

Expanded to three rounds in its fifth year, the Philippines Championship also saw success for Jay Matthew Reyes and Justin Quiban.  The Philippine boys claimed the Under-18 and Under-16 categories respectively and will join Celestino at the seventh Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Golf Club next March.

Also representing The Philippines at the World Amateur Golf Ranking event in Shenzhen will be Anne Therese Sabater (Girls’ Under-21) and Lareina Daniella Gonzales (Girls’ Under-16).

The Faldo Series Asia recently announced a record schedule for its seventh season with 18 tournaments in 15 countries across the region during the next 12 months.

Following The Philippines, the six-time Major Champion’s global golf development programme will also stage four tournaments in mainland China and others in Chinese Taipei, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Nepal, India, 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.

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. 

Leading final scores:

Boys’ Under-21:

224 – Lawrence Celestino (72-73-79), Phil Kyu Cho (74-73-77)

233 – Don Petil (81-75-77)

Boys’ Under-18:

227 – Jay Matthew Reyes (78-77-72)

236 – Jan Philippe De Claro (81-79-76)

239 – Joung Soo Park (80-82-77)

Boys’ Under-16:

228 – Justin Quiban (77-76-75)

236 – Seung Hyo Song (83-76-77)

240 – Min Ung Park (82-81-77)

Girls’ Under-21:

248 – Anne Therese Sabater (84-84-80)

251 – Marvi Monsalve (92-78-81)

269 – Yeon Hua Choi (87-86-96)

Girls’ Under-16:

248 – Lareina Daniella Gonzales (84-79-85)

253 – Abegail Arevalo (88-81-84)

261 – Leonci Valerie Tinio (84-90-87)

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