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Faldo Series returns to Slovakia for ninth championship

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21 August 2018

Tatranska, Slovakia (August 21): The Faldo Series Slovakia Championship tees off today at the Black Stork Resort in the High Tatras, Slovakia. The five division winners will claim a place in the 22nd Faldo Series Grand Final later this year.

Black Stork resort has an enviable location in the Tatra National Park in Northern Slovakia. The players will need to be focused on their game and not get distracted by the scenery as every hole provides a stunning view of the mountain range. The course was recently voted one of the best in Slovakia and continues to attract plaudits.

‘I’m very grateful that Black Stork Resort continues to host our Slovakian leg.’ Sir Nick Faldo commented. ‘It’s a stunning venue and a challenging course. We’ve unearthed some great players in the last few years and I am hoping we can find a few more!’

‘We are ready to give the Faldo Series youths a warm welcome.’ said Sylvia Hruskova – General Manager of Black Stork Resort. ‘It’s very pleasing to see the players come from far and wide to play this event. We hope the Slovakians who qualify at Black Stork continue the proud record in the Grand Final.’

Defending champion Pavol Mach will attempt to defend the title he won by a single shot in 2017. After qualifying at Black Stork, Mach finished a very credible fourth place in his division in the 2017 Grand Final. The runner-up in last year’s Faldo Series Slovakia’s Championship Under-16 division Lukas Zustak will also compete as will the Girls’ Under-16 runner-up Antonia Zacharovska.

The tournament will be played over three rounds and is a World Amateur Golf Ranking event. The field will be divided into five age-groups and the winners of each division will join Sir Nick Faldo at the season-ending 22nd Faldo Series Europe Grand Final – to be held at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club (AESGC) in the United Arab Emirates. AESGC boasts a superb course and immaculate facilities in the Oasis city of Al Ain.

Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship