7 September 2012: The Faldo Series has announced its largest ever field for the sixteenth Europe Grand Final which tees off in Northern Ireland on September 11-13. A total of 89 golfers from 19 countries will join Sir Nick Faldo at Lough Erne Resort, including four winners from the 2012 Asia Grand Final in China.
“The 2012 Europe Grand Final will be a wonderful climax to a record year that has seen the Series visit 14 countries across the UK, mainland Europe, the Middle East and South America,” commented Faldo. “With our Asia Grand Final winners also taking part, I’m looking forward to passing on my experience to our largest ever field.”
Competing from Asia will be Japan’s Kohei Kinoshita, 17, and his female compatriot, 20-year-old Mai Arai. They will be joined by Singapore’s Joshua Ho, 18, and 17-year-old girl Nur Durriyah Damian of Malaysia.
Competitors aged 12 to 21 will contest for the Europe Grand Final title over 54 holes on the Faldo-designed course at Lough Erne Resort. The six-time Major winner will arrange for the leading boy and girl overall to play in a professional Tour event.
With the field divided into five age-groups – three for boys and two for girls – each age-group winner will also be invited by Faldo to compete in the 2013 Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China next March.
Supported by The R&A, ISPS, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, the 2012 Faldo Series Europe schedule featured a record 20 tournaments in 14 countries including six in England plus others in Bahrain, Ireland, Chile, the Czech Republic, Greece, Wales, Austria, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, Slovakia and Russia.
Established in 1996, 38 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 28 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.