The Faldo Series will once again bring opportunity to young golfers in the Middle East when Sir Nick Faldo’s global golf development programme returns to the Kingdom of Bahrain on March 23-24.
Winners of the third edition of the Middle East Championship, last staged in 2010, will qualify for the 2012 Faldo Series Europe Grand Final in Northern Ireland.
“We are excited to take the Faldo Series to the Middle East once again and continue building on our efforts in more than 25 countries worldwide,” said Faldo. “We appreciate the continued support of our hosts at the Royal Golf Club and I look forward to spending time with the tournament winners at the Grand Final.”
“We are delighted to bring the Faldo Series back to Bahrain,” added Paul Crowe, Director of Golf Operations at the Royal Golf Club in Riffa. “We admire Sir Nick’s efforts to bring opportunity to young people worldwide and feel it is important for Middle Eastern golfers to continue benefitting from the Series.”
Talented golfers aged 12 to 21 will compete over 36 holes under strict tournament conditions in the third Faldo Series Middle East Championship. With the field divided into four age groups – two for boys and two for girls – the winner of each division will qualify for the sixteenth Europe Grand Final at Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland, a World Amateur Golf Ranking event hosted by the six-time Major Champion.
In a bid to further boost golf development in the Middle East, competitors will also receive expert advice from guest speakers during the tournament. Younger children from the local community will enjoy an introduction to golf through a fun ‘Faldo Mini Series’ event on the Royal Golf Club’s par-three “Wee Monty” course.
Previously part of the Asia schedule, the Middle East Championship joins the Faldo Series Europe schedule in 2012. Supported by The R&A, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, eight UK Championships across England, Scotland and Wales have already been announced and dates are set to be published for events in Austria, Brazil, Chile, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Russia, Slovakia and The Netherlands.
Established in 1996, 37 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 27 countries worldwide with more than 5,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major winners Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
Golfers born in 1991 or later of any nationality who wish to enter the third Faldo Series Middle East Championship on March 23-24 should email firstname.lastname@example.org