Faldo Series Europe Reveals Schedule for 2019
Marking its 23rd year, the Faldo Series has revealed its European schedule for 2019, consisting of 15 tournaments played across 11 nations, ultimately leading to a winner being crowned in the Grand Final to be held in November.
The Faldo Series has announced its European tournament schedule for this year’s events that will see 15 events played across 11 countries in three continents, before a winner is crowned in November’s Grand Final.
The Series proves its global reach by kicking off on April 1st with the Faldo Series Middle East Championship, at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in Abu Dhabi. This event is followed by a whirlwind five months for the Series with events taking place around Europe and the rest of the world, highlighted by eight regional qualifiers around the UK and Ireland and the Faldo Series South America Championship in Brazil in June.
The Faldo Series Europe fittingly concludes at Al Ain for its Grand Final in November, where some of the world’s best juniors will go head-to-head for one of the biggest crowns in Junior Golf.
Players must visit www.faldoseries.com to view the 2019 European schedule and find their nearest Regional Qualifier to sign up.
The schedule announcement comes off the back of 2018, one of the best instalments of Faldo Series to date, where 1,500 junior golfers competed across 14 qualifying events worldwide for their chance to qualify for the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final. From these events, a final 65 players from 20 different countries went through to compete in the final, with Chinese Taipei’s Chen Ting-Yu coming out on top. Ting-Yu had booked his place in the Europe Grand Final by winning the U18 age category in the Asia Grand Final at Laguna Lang Co in Vietnam.
The Series is also set to strengthen its presence in Ireland, with a soon-to-be announced partnership with the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU). The collaboration will see five girls’ events hosted in Ireland from April to August, with an Order of Merit deciding the Top 4 players to make it through to the Europe Grand Final in November.
Formed immediately after Sir Nick Faldo’s sixth, and final Major win at the 1996 Masters, the event is steeped in tradition and has been a critical stepping stone in many of the best players in the game’s rise to the top. Stars such as Eddie Pepperell, Marc Warren, Oliver Fisher and four-time Major Champion Rory McIlroy along with the LPGA Tours’ Melissa Reid and Ladies European Tour’s Carly Booth are all past Faldo Series participants.
Not only does the Faldo Series aid the world’s best juniors’ development through elite competition but aims to grow the game by staging events in less-established golfing nations by carrying with them the Series Founder, Sir Nick Faldo’s, name. Faldo prides himself on his hands-on involvement and tries to get to as many Faldo Series events as he can, where he plays a part in course set-up, stages clinics and watches the kids compete in the heat of battle.
Sir Nick Faldo, Founder of the Faldo Series, commented: “I’m so proud of the Faldo Series and how far it’s come. We set out to try and find tomorrow’s champions, and to help them improve by competing against contemporise from other countries. We’ve done a great job in that regard, with numerous PGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and Major winners coming from Faldo Series players already.
“Beyond that, we look to try and leave a positive mark on the wider game. Taking events to countries like Slovakia, Brazil and the UAE is a conscious effort to try and help along potentially elite players from these countries to compete, but also to raise awareness of the game of golf.”
Since inception, the Faldo Series has welcomed 40,000 boys and girls, from five age groups, with a performance standard of +4 to 12 handicap, crowning a total of 38 Overall Champions.
Established in the UK, the Series has expanded to encompass Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, with 40 events taking place in 30 countries worldwide. Three continental Grand Final’s (Europe, Asia, North America) bring together junior golfers from all corners of the world to compete against one another.
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