Faldo Series reaches new heights in the Himalayas
Sir Nick Faldo has announced that the inaugural R&A supported Faldo Series Nepal Championship will take place at Gokarna Forest Resort near Kathmandu this October.
Young golfers from across the Himalayan region are set to benefit from the six-time Major Champion’s global golf development programme.
Faldo said: “We have enjoyed a close relationship with golfers from the Himalayan region ever since Zhiwang Gurung travelled from Bhutan to play in a Faldo Series tournament in 2008.
“Incredibly for a golfer who only has access to nine holes and had never been outside his country before, let alone in an airplane, he qualified for the Grand Final at Mission Hills in China. I hope by bringing the Faldo Series to Nepal we can create more opportunity for players like Zhiwang to achieve their dreams.”
“I thank the Himalayan Youth Golf Association, the Nepal Golf Association and Gokarna Forest Resort for sharing my vision and for bringing the Series to Nepal,” added Faldo. “I look forward to spending time with the winners at the Grand Final next March.”
Golfers aged 12 to 21 will play over two rounds in the Nepal Championship at Gokarna Forest Resort near the capital city of Kathmandu. With the field divided into four age-groups – two for boys and two for girls – the age-group winners will join Faldo for the seventh Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China next March.
“The Faldo Series will be a huge boost to golf development in the Himalayan region,” commented Tashi Ghale, General Secretary of the Nepal Golf Association.
“We thank Sir Nick for his support and look forward to welcoming players from places like Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Northern India who will benefit significantly from this unique opportunity.”
Established in 1996, 37 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 27 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
For more information on the Faldo Series visit www.nickfaldo.com