Sir Nick Faldo and Angkor Golf Resort have teamed up once again to bring the six-time Major champion’s global golf development programme to the Kingdom of Cambodia. The inaugural Faldo Series Cambodia Championship will take place on the Faldo Design course in Siem Reap on September 11-12.
“Cambodia is a special place for me so I am delighted to bring the Series here and give opportunity to the country’s young golfers,” said Faldo, who opened his course at Angkor Golf Resort in 2008 and is designing another 36-hole project in Phnom Penh.”
Holic Tandijono, Executive Director of Angkor Golf Resort, said: “We are delighted to continue our excellent relationship with Sir Nick and we believe the Faldo Series can make a real difference to golf in Cambodia. We will introduce a strong grass-roots element to the event to help create access to the game for local children. Hopefully they will be inspired to take up the game and return one day as competitors themselves.”
Faldo added: “I thank Holic and his team at Angkor Golf Resort for sharing my vision. The Series is one of a number of charitable initiatives in the country that we are working on together.”
Open to boys and girls aged between 12 and 21 of all nationalities, the first Cambodia Championship will be played over two rounds at Angkor Golf Resort, located near the famous Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap and host to this season’s Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic on the Asian Tour.
With the field divided into four age-groups – two for boys and two for girls – the winners will join Faldo for the seventh Faldo Series Asia (FSA) Grand Final in China next March.
Established in 1996, 37 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 27 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major champions Rory McIlroy and Tseng Ya-ni.
The FSA is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, official golfwear partner UFL and official suppliers TaylorMade and Tricor. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation. Asian Golf Monthly is the Media Partner.
A full 2012/2013 FSA schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. Last season featured 17 tournaments in 13 different countries including five in mainland China plus others in the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.