West Virginia, United States: The Faldo Series has announced a multi-national field that includes some of the world’s best young amateur golfers for next week’s 18th Grand Final.
A total of 86 golfers from 20 countries will join Sir Nick Faldo at The Greenbrier for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event from October 22-24.
“We are very excited about bringing the Grand Final back to The Greenbrier where the players will once again have the opportunity to experience tournament golf on a course that has hosted the Ryder Cup and the PGA Tour five times,” said Faldo.
“Furthermore, I am delighted to announce that this year we will be joined in West Virginia by the 38th President of The PGA of America Ted Bishop and my former caddie Fanny Sunesson, both of whom will be on hand to pass on advice to the players along with myself and a host of other experts.
“My thanks to Jim Justice and The Greenbrier and our Major partners; The R&A; The European Tour and ISPS Handa for once again making all of this possible.”
Bishop said: “It is a pleasure to be at The Greenbrier Resort and work with Faldo Series winners from around the world at the Grand Final. The PGA of America celebrates this international effort and is proud to support Nick Faldo in what has become a well-recognised global initiative to provide opportunity through golf.”
Reigning champion Megan Khang, who competed in her second US Women’s Open this year, is among the field and will be aiming to defend the historic title that she won in West Virginia last October. The 16-year-old held off a final round challenge from England’s Paul Kinnear 12 months ago to become the first ever female winner of the Faldo Series.
The World Amateur Golf Ranking event will see golfers aged between 12 and 21 compete over three rounds on the Old White TPC Course at The Greenbrier. Off the course they will spend time with a number of industry experts including Faldo, Bishop, Sunesson, the most successful female caddie in modern golf history, Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood and experts from TrackMan and ProGolf Health.
With the field at The Greenbrier divided into five age-categories, three boys and two girls will each receive a trophy and an exemption into the ninth Asia Grand Final in 2015. The leading boy and girl will also be invited to play in a professional Tour event and the title of Faldo Series champion will go to the player with the lowest gross score, regardless of age or gender.
Local schoolchildren will also be present during the week to attend clinics with Faldo and watch the competitors in action, part of a Faldo Series drive to help grow golf at the grass-roots level.