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Japan’s Yuki Kamasu, 21, receives his trophy from Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills on March 20
Japan’s Yuki Kamasu, 21, receives his trophy from Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills on March 20. Photo supplied

Cambodian leg of Faldo Series set to tee off

The Cambodian leg of Sir Nick Faldo’s global grassroots golf initiative, the Faldo Series Asia, will roll into action at the Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap from today until Sunday.

Around 30 juniors from Cambodia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines are expected to line up for this third stop in a network of 21 qualifiers from the Asia-Pacific region, with the winners of each age category earning a ticket to the Grand Final at Mission Hills in China.

Competition will be held in U16, U18 and U21 age groups for both male and female participants.

The first day has been set aside for practice and two competitive rounds will be played over the next two days.

On the sidelines of this showpiece, AGR’s newly appointed head professional Alan Martin will conduct a players’ clinic after the first round on

Saturday, followed the next morning by a grassroots clinic for students from the nearby Family Care Center located at the Phum Thnarl Primary School.

Supported by The R&A and Mission Hills, and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months and is made up of 18 championships.

Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006, with the Cambodian leg introduced in 2012.

“This is now the fourth consecutive year we have hosted the Cambodia qualifying leg and it is an event we very much look forward to.

“Junior golf development is something we feel strongly about and the Faldo Series provides a fantastic platform for talented golfers to develop and succeed in the game,” the AGR’s director of golf David Baron said.

“This year we will be working very closely with the local community, schools and charity organisations with the goal of introducing Cambodian children to the game,” David Baron said.

The AGR’s head professional Martin said: “Junior development is something I am passionate about and I am looking forward to this event. Its always a joy to see just how talented these players are at such a young age. The golf clinic gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience to hopefully enhance their skills.”

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