Faldo Series 2012 UK schedule unveiled

Sir Nick Faldo has announced that seven Open qualifying venues and a two-time host of the Amateur Championship will feature on the UK schedule for the 2012 Faldo Series.

The Series, backed by The R&A, has also announced a reduction in entry fees for next year aimed at increasing the accessibility of the tournament to youngsters from all backgrounds.

Past Open Championship qualifying venues Hollinwell, Moortown, Old Fold Manor, Panmure, Royal Ashdown Forest, Trentham and West Lancs will all host tournaments next year.

Pyle and Kenfig in Wales, a two-time host of The Amateur Championship, returns to the schedule after the success of its first Series event in 2011.

Alison White, Assistant Director of Golf Development at The R&A, said: “We have been pleased to support Sir Nick, a three-time Open Champion, since he launched the Faldo Series in 1996.

“Nick’s efforts match The R&A’s commitment to golf development, not only in the UK but also across Europe, Asia and South America where the Faldo Series is active. 

“We applaud this latest initiative to make the Series even more accessible to young golfers in the UK.”

The Series now sees 38 tournaments take place in 27 countries worldwide annually with over 5,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.

Amateur golfers born in 1991 or later can enter the Faldo Series online at www.nickfaldo.com/series at a cost of £55 per person, reduced from £70 in 2011. Entry includes a practice round and two tournament rounds at the chosen championship course.

Five age-category winners at each venue – three boys and two girls – will qualify for the 16th Faldo Series Europe Grand Final next September at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland.

Sir Nick said: “With generous backing from our partners at The R&A, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, and strong support from our host venues, we are always striving to make the Faldo Series even more accessible. 

“As a registered charity, the Series aims to bring opportunity to talented young golfers, regardless of background, so I hope that, by reducing the financial burden on golfers and their parents, even more youngsters can benefit.”

Faldo and SamuelsThe UK schedule for 2012 features Moortown (April 3-4), Royal Ashdown Forest (April 24-25), Trentham (May 1-2), West Lancs (May 10-11), Pyle and Kenfig (July 3-4), Old Fold Manor (July 9-10), Panmure (August 21-22) and Hollinwell (August 28-29).

The 2011 Faldo Series Europe schedule featured a record 18 tournaments in 11 different countries and concluded with the 15th Grand Final on the Faldo Course at Lough Erne in September, hosted by the six-time Major Champion and won by 20-year-old Gavin Samuels of England.