In addition to the standalone Faldo Series Thailand Championship, a series of three other qualifying events will be staged across the country, in conjunction with international schools in Thailand.
Combined performances of players in those tournaments in Phuket, Hua Hin and Pattaya will be reflected in an Order of Merit from which five age-group category winners will progress to the 14th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Vietnam’s Laguna Lăng Cô in March 2020.
The 36-hole opening leg of the Thailand series will take place at Laguna Golf Phuket on September 28-29 while Banyan Golf Club will host the second leg in Hua Hin (December 6-7).
Dates and venue for the concluding leg in Pattaya will be confirmed shortly.
The trio of Faldo Series Thailand Championship qualifiers will be run by Golf Development Asia (GDA) and Fore Management Group – both Bangkok-based companies that specialise in organising junior tournaments.
Each of the three events will allocate 100 spots to international schools in Thailand and 40 for other entries. International schools teams that are part of the existing International Schools’ Golf Tour (ISGT) will also be able to win team Order of Merit points towards the ISGT season.
Six-time Major champion Faldo, Britain’s most successful golfer, said: “Thailand has been a mainstay of the Faldo Series Asia since our launch. As such, I’m delighted that we’ll be further expanding our reach in the country this season.
“I know that there’s a wealth of young golfing talent in Thailand. My hope is that our three new events that make up the Order of Merit will serve to further raise the profile of golf in the country and be instrumental in identifying a new generation of golfing stars.”
Fredrik Edmunds, Golf Development Asia’s Founder and CEO, said: “At GDA, we have one simple goal – increase golf participation and enthusiasm within junior golfers. Through GDA we strive to provide juniors with opportunities to develop transferable life skills and values that can be learnt through golf. We wish to inspire a passion for sport that will continue to give joy and health throughout students’ lives.”
Chris Watson, Managing Director, Fore Management Group, added: “Our team at Fore has experience ranging from high-level PGA and Asian Tour events, right through to junior and grass-roots charity events. We very much look forward to contributing to the continued success of the Faldo Series Asia.”
The 2019-20 Faldo Series Asia season is supported by The R&A and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation. The International Junior Golf Academy is a partner of the Faldo Series.
As well as the Thailand qualifiers, there are two events in China and championships in Australia, Bangladesh, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam over the next 12 months.
Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching more than 7,000 golfers each year. Past champions include Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, both multiple Major winners, while recent LPGA Tour winners include Thidapa Suwannapura (2010 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final Girls’ champion) and Nasa Hataoka (2016 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final Girls’ champion) who claimed her third LPGA Tour title in March.
17-year-old Phuket student Napat “Toy” Paramacharoenroj won the 12th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in 2017 and scored a runaway victory in the third edition of the Faldo Series Thailand Championship – South in 2018.
For more information on the Faldo Series, visit: http://nickfaldo.com/about-faldo-series. You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries
For further details on Laguna Golf Phuket, visit https://www.lagunagolfphuket.com/
For further details on The R&A, visit: http://www.randa.org/
For further details on Laguna Lăng Cô, visit: http://www.lagunalangco.com/golf/
For further details on the International Junior Golf Academy, visit: https://ijga.com