Journey of a lifetime at Faldo Series Asia Grand Final

10 May 2017

Hue, Vietnam: Laguna Lăng Cô’s hosting of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final will help to underscore the venue’s reputation as a genuine world-class golf destination.

Two months may have elapsed since the staging of the 11th edition of the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event, but the dramatic finale to a memorable week is still fresh in the mind.

With a play-off looming, Thailand’s Napat Paramacharoenroj drained a 35-foot birdie putt on the final green to secure a one-stroke win from Indonesian Jonathan Wijono.

Such was the spontaneous outpouring of excitement that the 15-year-old champion was lifted into the air by Laguna Lăng Cô’s team of caddies, the first time since the tournament’s inception in 2007 that the champion has been honoured in this fashion.

Sir Nick Faldo said: “I had truly looked forward to bringing the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final to Vietnam and Laguna Lăng Cô, a course which I visit often and I am most proud of designing. The quality of golf throughout the week was outstanding and the scenes of celebration on the final green were quite something.

“On and off the course, Laguna Lăng Cô and Banyan Tree Group were wonderful hosts. The hospitality shared with our players and guests by the staff and people of Vietnam will be remembered for a lifetime.”

Sir Nick was also delighted with the way in which the course is developing.

He said: “We knew this golf course was going to be different … and hopefully special because you play through different environments. That was the in-thing in the golf architecture world. Can you find a site where you take the golfers on a journey and they see and feel and play in different environments?

“At Laguna Lăng Cô we have six different environments. You go through the rice fields to the jungle and then there’s a bit of a sand dune. Then we’ve got beach and river and rocks, then back to the river and then we finish with all the sand.

“I think it’s a very cool calling card for Faldo Design and I think it’s a great spot for Banyan Tree Group to host an event like this. I’m trying my best to showcase this to the rest of the world so that other events can come here. I think they can host basically whatever they want here.”

Adam Calver, Director of Golf at the award-winning Faldo Design course, said: “Hosting the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final was a tremendous honour for the team at Laguna Lăng Cô.

“There was an energetic atmosphere at Laguna Lăng Cô Resort all week as the players and their families found time to enjoy the entire Angsana and Banyan Tree resorts.

“Having The R&A, Asian Tour and Ladies European Tour all supporting the event speaks to the level of prestige the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final holds for the players.”

With the imminent commencement of the 12th season of the Faldo Series Asia, it’s been confirmed that the Grand Final will return to Laguna Golf Lăng Cô, most likely in March, 2018.

“Following the success of this year’s Grand Final, all of us at Laguna Lăng Cô Resort are already looking towards the 2018 event … and welcoming back Sir Nick and all those who qualify,” added Calver.

Supported by The R&A and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2017-18 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months.

As well as two events in China, India and Thailand, championships are being staged in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.

Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching more than 7,000 golfers each year. Past winners include Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, both multiple Major winners.