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Faldo Series returns to Siem Reap

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Young golfers from the Southeast Asia region will compete for a spot in the Asia Grand Final when the second Faldo Series Cambodia Championship tees off at the award-winning Sir Nick Faldo-designed Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap on June 29.

Split into four different groups, boys and girls aged 12 to 21 will contest 36 holes over two days, with the winners getting a free pass to the Eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, a world amateur golf ranking event to be hosted by the six-time Major champion at the Mission Hills Club in Shenzhen, China next March.

“We hope to build on the success of our inaugural event last year and benefit more young golfers from Cambodia and neighbouring countries,” Sir Nick Faldo said in a statement made available to the Post yesterday by Faldo Series chief executive
Tom Phillips.

“Angkor Golf Resort led by executive director Holic Tandijono and his team put up a great event in 2012 that combined top class tournament experience for talented golfers with unique grassroots activities for kids from the local community,” added Faldo, who is currently working on another 36-hole project in Phnom Penh.

Holic Tandijono told the Post: “We enjoy our close relationship with Sir Nick and we share his passion for growing the game. Once again, we welcome the region’s top players to the historic town of Siem Reap. We also continue to develop our grass-roots program in schools.”

South Korea’s 17-year-old Kim Dong Hyun won the overall championship last year. Despite finishing down the field, Cambodia’s only competitor Seng Vanseiha was given a special invitation to play at the Mission Hills, but for personal reasons he could not make the trip.

Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide, with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year.

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, Taiwan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.

The Faldo Series Asia is supported by The Royal and Ancient, 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 angkor-golf.com.

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