Faldo Series for Galgorm
The Faldo Series Northern Ireland Championship will take place at Galgorm Castle at the end of July, just over two weeks before some of the world’s best male and female professionals play the same course in the inaugural ISPS Handa World Invitational, the first event of its kind in Europe. Galgorm Castle has established itself as Northern Ireland’s leading professional tournament venue, having hosted the NI Open since 2010.
The Faldo Series NI Championship is a boys scratch competition played over 54 holes of Stroke Play from 29th – 31st July. There are three age categories, Under 21, Under 18 and Under 16 with the three age category winners invited to take part in the Faldo Series European Grand Final in November at the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting & Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Entries will remain open until 18th July.
Now in its 23rd year, the Faldo Series is truly global having kicked off on 1st April with the Faldo Series Middle East Championship, at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in Abu Dhabi. This iss 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.
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.
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 contemporaries 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.
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