10 May 2013: Sir Nick Faldo has announced that his global golf development programme will return to Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap in 2013.  Golfers from across the region will compete for a spot in the Asia Grand Final when the second Faldo Series Cambodia Championship tees off on June 29-30.  

“We hope to build on the success of our inaugural event at Angkor Golf Resort and benefit more young golfers from Cambodia and neighbouring countries,” said Faldo, who designed the course in Siem Reap and is currently overseeing another 36-hole project in the capital Phnom Penh.  “Holic and his team put on a great event in 2012 that combined top-class tournament experience for talented golfers with unique grass-roots activities for kids from the local community.”

Kim Dong-Hyun of South Korea, winner of the 2012 Faldo Series Cambodia Championship, in action during the Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China in March 2013.

“We enjoy our close relationship with Sir Nick and we share his passion for growing the game,” added Holic Tandijono, Executive Director of Angkor Golf Resort.  “Once again we welcome the region’s top players to the historic town of Siem Reap.  We will also continue to develop our grass-roots programme with local schools.”

International and local golfers alike will challenge for the 2013 Cambodia Championship, won last year by 17-year-old Kim Dong-Hyun from South Korea.  Boys and girls aged 12 to 21 will compete over 36 holes on the award-winning Faldo Design course, an Asian Tour venue located close to the world-famous Angkor Wat temples.

With the field divided into age-groups – two for boys and two for girls – the four winners will qualify for the eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.  This World Amateur Golf Ranking event will be hosted by the six-time Major Champion at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March.

Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year.  Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.

In September 2013, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America.  The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.

The 2013/2014 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 19 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China, two in India and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.

The Faldo Series Asia is supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and Mission Hills.  It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.Golfers born in 1992 or later wishing to enter the second Faldo Series Cambodia Championship on June 29-30 can email info@angkor-golf.com or visit www.angkor-golf.com. 

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