Kumaresan Shanmugam of Malaysia won the first ever Faldo Series Brunei Championship at The Empire Hotel and Country Club to claim his place in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in China. Brunei’s Muhammad Hariz Hashim finished third to earn a Grand Final spot as the top-placed national player.
“This is my first win in a major tournament so I’m pleased by how well I coped with my nerves today,” said 18-year-old Shanmugam after shooting rounds of 71 and 73 to finish on two over par and win by two. “I’m very excited about going to China for the Grand Final and picking up tips from Sir Nick Faldo.”
Malaysian resident Joshua Gibbons, 16, finished second overall on four over par to top the Boys’ Under-16 division and join Shanmugam at the sixth Grand Final, which six-time Major Champion Nick Faldo will host at Mission Hills Golf Club on March 14-16, 2012.
Also travelling to the World Amateur Golf Ranking event in Shenzhen will be 20-year-old Hashim, who finished six shots further back in third place, and Malaysia’s Jaclyn Chen Jin Yi, 13, who won the girls’ category with rounds of 78 and 79.
Brunei’s best young golfers aged 12 to 21 competed alongside overseas competitors for the inaugural Brunei Championship at The Empire, venue for the 2012 Royal Trophy and recent winner of Best Golf Resort in the 2011 Asian Golf Monthly awards. The competitors also spent time with Jonathan Wallett during the two-day tournament, receiving expert advice from the PGA elite coach in order to aid their golfing development.
A group of local children aged 11 and under took part in a fun ‘Faldo Mini Series’ tournament, part of a drive to simultaneously create access to the game for a younger audience. The winner over two rounds of nine holes was Brunei’s Qawi Aslimon.
Established in 1996, 35 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 25 countries worldwide with over 5,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, official golf wear partner UFL and official suppliers TaylorMade and Tricor. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation (APGC).
The 2011/2012 Faldo Series Asia schedule features 17 tournaments in 13 different countries including five in mainland China plus others in The Philippines, Vietnam, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 144 – Kumaresan Shanmugam (Mal) 71-73; 152 – Muhammad Hariz Hashim (Bru) 73-79; 154 – Quwim Aslimon (Bru) 79-75; 155 – Khairul Kamis (Bru) 81-74. Boys’ Under-16: 146 – Joshua Gibbons (Eng) 73-73; 156 – Jesse Atlas (USA) 78-78; 162 – Muhamad Azizi Junaidi (Mal) 84-78; 164 – Qazzri Aslimon (Bru) 81-83. Girls’ Under-21: 157 – Jaclyn Chen Jin Yi (Mal) 78-79; 162 – Abigail Chong (Mal) 80-82; 176 – Almas Syadzwani Kamis (Bru) 86-90.
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About the International Sports Promotion Society
Based in Tokyo, ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ founded by Japanese philanthropist, Dr Handa. ISPS contributes to society by supporting various sporting interests – currently focusing on golf and bowling. In golf ISPS actively supports the International Blind Golf Association in addition to a number of other sport related charities for disadvantaged people.
About Mission Hills
Mission Hills Group, the owner and operator of Mission Hills Shenzhen, Dongguan and Haikou, is the key player in China's fledgling sports and leisure industry. Mission Hills in Shenzhen is the ‘Home of the Faldo Series Asia’ and is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest golf facility with 12 signature masterpiece courses designed by golf legends from around the globe. Mission Hills has hosted over 100 international tournaments, including the 1995 World Cup of Golf and the Tiger Woods China Challenge in 2001. In 2007, Mission Hills signed an unprecedented agreement to host 12 consecutive editions of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup. The recently-opened Mission Hills Haikou lies on the volcanic region of exotic Hainan Island, China. The resort sets a new standard in leisure, recreation and wellness experiences and was home to the Mission Hills Star Trophy in 2010.
About The R&A
Based in St Andrews, The R&A organises The Open Championship, major amateur events and international matches. Together with the United States Golf Association, The R&A governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The R&A’s working jurisdiction is global, excluding the United States and Mexico.
The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the game internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities. The R&A operates with the consent of 143 organisations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf of over thirty million golfers in 128 countries.
UFL – which stands for Uniting Future Legends – is a youth-inspired golf wear brand with innovative designs based on feedback from Faldo Series Asia players. UFL was launched in 2010 by Alpine Creations Ltd, a Singapore-based apparel manufacturer with more than 30 years experience and excellence in Asia. Alpine Creations is known for its one-stop solutions, “from the factory to the store”, and is an established, trusted, global consumer brand as well as a preferred producer for many well-known international retailers. Its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, in-house design team, textile network and excellent market reputation make it uniquely able to marry innovative technology with fashion forward design in producing its own line of UFL sporting wear.
The Empire Hotel & Country Club is situated by the South China Sea. Truly one of the finest golf, meeting and spa resorts in the Asia Pacific Region. Member of WORLDHOTELS and has won many prestigious honors.