The Faldo Series Asia has released its largest ever schedule for 2011/2012. Sir Nick Faldo’s global golf development programme will stage 18 tournaments in 14 different countries across Asia and the Middle East, including new events in Brunei and Pakistan.
The new Faldo Series Asia season will tee off with the Faldo Series Philippines Championship on May 9-11. Inaugural tournaments will be held in Pakistan at Karachi Golf Club on July 29-31 and at Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei on November 23-24. A total of five events will take place in mainland China, with others in Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, India, Bahrain, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.
“I am delighted that more Asian golfers than ever before will benefit from the Faldo Series this season and we look forward to welcoming new competitors from Pakistan and Brunei,” said Faldo. “I thank all our partners and hosts for their support. I am also grateful to our major partners, ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A for their contribution to golf development.”
“ISPS is pleased to be supporting Sir Nick’s Faldo Series Asia, especially as these young golfers will become role models for the game in the future,” added Dr Haruhisa Handa, Chairman of the International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) which aims to raise awareness of blind and disabled golf. “At the same time this is a good opportunity to showcase some of the other worthy causes which ISPS is supporting.”
Over 1,500 golfers aged 12 to 21 are set to take part in the 2011/2012 season while countless other younger children will be introduced to the game through grass-roots activities at the venues. Five age-group winners from each event, three boys and two girls, will qualify for the sixth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by the six-time Major winner in March 2012 at Mission Hills Golf Club in China.
The Faldo Series was brought to Asia in 2006 following the success of the Faldo Series Europe, established in 1996. 35 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 25 countries worldwide with over 5,000 golfers participating each year. Former winners include Rory McIlroy, Nick Dougherty, Marc Warren, John Parry, Melissa Reid, Florentyna Parker and Yani Tseng, all winners on Tour.
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 (APGC).
For more information on the Faldo Series visit www.nickfaldo.com or follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries.