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Faldo Series event in Siem Reap postponed

AGR head professional Alan Martin is coaching Cambodian talent Tevy Sareoun.
AGR head professional Alan Martin is coaching Cambodian talent Tevy Sareoun. Photo supplied

Faldo Series event in Siem Reap postponed

The sixth edition of the Faldo Series Asia Cambodia qualifier, marked for tee-off at the Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap today, has been forced by the paucity of entries to be rescheduled for later this year.

Six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo’s global junior initiative had generated high hopes of a record turn out this year, but player commitments from several regional countries fell flat, leaving the organisers with no option but to seek another suitable slot down the network of 40 similar events in 30 countries until January next year.

These qualification tournaments are designed to give out entry tickets in various age categories for the Asia Grand Final to be held in March 2018 at the Laguna Lang Golf Club in the Vietnamese city of Danang.

“A number of junior organisations from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand had verbally committed to sending teams on the selected dates but were forced to cancel their trip due to unforeseen circumstances,” the AGR’s Director of Golf David Baron told The Post yesterday.

“This unprecedented situation has forced us to put off the event until further notice. We look forward to continuing our affiliation with the Faldo Series and keep up our efforts to grow the game in the Kingdom,” said Baron, a member of the British PGA.

With junior golf in Cambodia still in its infancy, the organisers rely heavily on international players to use the event as an additional opportunity to qualify for the Grand Final while experiencing the offerings of Siem Reap.

However, with a growing number of qualifying events, international tournaments and public/international school holidays to consider, it had often proved to be challenging for players to commit.

The indefinite postponement of the event has deeply impacted local grassroots players who were hoping to use this chance to get familiar with foreign players and learn some important golfing lessons during a clinic that was planned by AGR’s head professional Alan Martin.

Also feeling deeply disappointed was local hope Tevy Sareoun who was aiming to qualify for the grand final.

With the guidance of Martin, Tevy’s game has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and she is now playing off a handicap of four and regularly scoring 75-77 from the men’s tees.

The Cambodian teenager will travel to Scotland in July where she will work on her game, participate in some local tournaments and attend the International Summer School of St Andrews.

“This will give Tevy the opportunity to experience different types of courses, layouts and climates . . . a priceless experience for any player aspiring to play elite amateur or professional golf,’’ Martin said.

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