Asian Tour and Faldo Series Asia join forces
Asian Tour has expanded its involvement with golf development in
the region by joining forces with the Faldo Series Asia, an innovative
programme launched by golf legend Nick Faldo.
Under this groundbreaking agreement, which sees the Asian Tour
appointed as a sanctioning partner, two starts per year at Asian
Tour events will be made available for Faldo Series Asia players,
including one at the Volvo Masters of Asia. Two scholarships will
also be offered to Faldo Series Asia players in the Asian Tour Qualifying
School, Stage One.
The announcement of the tie-up serves as a timely incentive in
the lead up to the Faldo Series Asia grand final at Mission Hills
Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, from February 3-5. Over 60 leading
amateur golfers from across the region, boys and girls aged 12 to
21, will compete over 54 holes on the Faldo course as well as spend
time with Faldo himself.
The leading boy from the grand final will earn the invitation to
play in the Volvo Masters of Asia, the season-ending event on the
Asian Tour which is exclusive to the top-60 players from the UBS
Order of Merit. He will also earn one of the starts in the Qualifying
School. The recipient of the second exemptions will be determined
by Nick Faldo.
Supported by Mission Hills, The R&A and UBS, the Faldo Series
Asia is a cutting edge programme aimed at identifying and nurturing
talented amateurs in the hope that they become the next generation
of leading Tour professionals. Launched in January 2006 and part
of The Faldo Trust for Tomorrows Champions (Asia), the Faldo
Series Asia also serves to create access to the game for younger
Faldo, England's most famous golfing export with six Major titles,
said the association with the Asian Tour was a massive step forward
for his programme, as well as for Asia's budding stars.
"Our partnership with the Asian Tour is a massive boost for
the Faldo Series Asia," said Faldo today. "One of the
main aims of our programme is to provide a bridge for top amateurs
into the professional arena and I am confident that the Asian Tour's
support will assist us greatly.
"This new partnership will create wonderful opportunities
for leading Asian amateurs to experience competition at the highest
level on the Asian Tour and also earn the opportunity of competing
in the Qualifying School.
"I truly believe that our association with the Asian Tour
will greatly benefit golf in the region."
Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han was delighted with the
groundbreaking agreement, saying that it will provide an exciting
platform for rising stars to showcase their talents.
Furthermore, the Tour's involvement will also complement its Order
of Merit sponsor, UBS, who are also a major partner of the Faldo
Han commented: "The Faldo Series has proven to be a successful
breeding ground for future stars of the game. We have already witnessed
the emergence of talented young players in the form of Nick Dougherty
and Yasin Ali, who have established themselves on the European Tour
and Asian Tour respectively.
"Following the initiation of the Faldo Series Asia, the Asian
Tour is truly optimistic that this programme will serve as a catalyst
for top amateur golfers to become world-class professional players.
"Asia's leading amateurs do not need to go far to look for
inspiration as Nick Faldo is one of the all-time legends in the
game. We are delighted to support the Faldo Series Asia and I am
optimistic that our shared ambition to discover new stars of the
game will be realized."
In a further development for the Faldo Series Asia, the Ladies
Asian Golf Tour has offered a start at the 2007 DLF Womens
Indian Open (DLF Golf & Country Club, New Delhi, March 14-16)
to the leading girl from the Faldo Series Asia grand final.
The Faldo Series Asia
Nick Faldo launched the Faldo Series Asia in January 2006 to bring
opportunities to young people in Asia through golf and to help identify
and nurture the regions next generation of champions.
The Faldo Series Asia features an annual schedule of Faldo Series
championships in different territories across the region. Up to
70 players qualify for the Faldo Series Asia grand final, hosted
by the six-time Major champion on the Faldo course at Mission Hills
Golf Club in China.
Combining experience with education, Faldo Series Asia tournaments
give talented young golfers, male and female aged 11 to 21, the
chance to benefit from top-level competition under strict tournament
conditions and receive expert advice from guest speakers on golf
related topics. Simultaneously younger children gain access to golf
at the tournaments through a programme of grass-roots activities
and the chance to watch the competitors in action.
Part of The Faldo Trust for Tomorrows Champions (Asia) Limited,
the Faldo Series Asia is underwritten by Faldo and supported by
Mission Hills, The R&A and UBS. It is sanctioned by the Asia
Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) and the Asian Tour.
February 1, 2007