Faldo Series Australia
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2016 Faldo Series Press Release
With a great first round, shooting an impressive 9 under, with birdies at the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 15th & 18th Castle Hill Country Club’s home grown talent, Daniel Gale set a blistering pace for the rest of the field, completing the first round with an 8 shot lead.
The second 18 holes proved to be more difficult with the windy conditions playing a part and a change to pin placements, keeping the golfers on their toes. Putts seemed to be harder to drop for a lot of players with the exception of Bella Kil who shot an impressive 6 under 68, after being 5 under through 9 holes. Kil stated “I came in without expectations and maintained my own game against the other girls, I knew I had to play against the winner of the Greg Norman Junior Masters, Grace Kim, and 36 holes in one day is tough, I was nervous regardless but I didn’t expect anything form myself, I just wanted to have a good day.”
Daniel managed to keep his head together and maintain his 8 shot lead, finishing with a clear and resounding 16 shot lead, by shooting 74 in the afternoon “36 holes was definitely an energy grind to keep a great score going. Wind made it really difficult and the afternoon pin placements were also tougher. I managed to keep my bad shots to a minimum but overall very happy with today.” Said a clearly ecstatic Gale at the completion of the 36 hole tournament.
Melissa Ellis, General Manager CHCC, said “Daniel is a great advocate for Golf, a great player, dedicated to his future career, polite and conscientious and a young man that gives back to the Club at every opportunity. We are lucky to have such a great Junior Development Squad here at Castle Hill.”
Gale now qualifies for the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Laguna Lăng Cô in Danang, Central Vietnam, in March, 2017. Playing off a handicap index of +1.4, and having recently won the Castle Hill Country Club Colts Championship, is a member of the winning NSW Men’s State Team and placing fourth in the Riversdale Cup, 20-year-old Gale has gained further invaluable experience this year with appearances recent professional tournaments.
A sudden death playoff for the Boys 18 & Under division saw Jordie Garner, Joel Wheatley & James Conran fight it out, with Joel Wheatley taking the prize.
Gale played in the Boys 21 & Under division and took out the overall Championship Boys 18 & Under was won by Joel Wheatley, after a sudden death playoff and Harrison Crowe claimed the Boys 16 & Under title. The girls had a hard fought battle with Christina Kang capturing the Girls 21 & Under and Bella Kil taking out the Girls 16 & Under place.
Since its inception in 1950, Castle Hill Country Club has been a frequent tournament venue. As well as holding the 2013 New South Wales (NSW) Open, the club has staged two Australian PGA Championships, three NSW PGA Championships, four Canon Classic and the 2013 Men’s and Women’s NSW Medal.
Supported by The R&A and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2016-17 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months. As well as two events in China, India and Thailand, championships are being staged in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanding to Asia in 2006. Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching more than 7,000 golfers each year. Past winners include Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, both multiple Major winners.
Round 1 Scores – Click here
Round 2 Scores – Click here
Final Results – Click here
Click here to see one of our Australian representatives from last years event, speaking about his experience.
Australian Representatives front & centre during Golf Clinic with Sir Nick Faldo
Australian Representatives bonding session with Sir Nick Faldo
“The 2015 Nick Faldo Australian Series, proved to be my greatest experience in golf. From the fantastic championship course of Castle Hill Country Club, to the most amazing opportunity that comes with winning the event, not only overall but your age group also. Winning this event opened so many doors for me, especially the opportunity of not only meeting, but spending some very valuable one-on-one time with Sir Nick Faldo’s coach, Keith Wood, and also the man himself, at Mission Hills, in China. The lessons I learned from both of these guys will stay with me for my entire golfing career. Having had the opportunity to be in contention to win in the Asia Series Grand Final, although I didn’t get the job done, Faldo himself and his coach, Keith Wood, offered some very comforting words of advice. This just shows how much they really do care and want to help you. The Faldo Series as a whole, allows access to fantastic golfing venues, as well as some very beneficial time with one of the greatest ever to play the game of golf, Sir Nick Faldo. I really hope to see all of you at the 2016, Faldo Australian Series at Castle Hill Country Club.” Sam Nashaar – Winner 2015 Faldo Series Australian Championship & Australian Team Representative 10th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final
“Last year’s Faldo Series at Castle Hill CC was one of the most organised tournaments I played all year and by far the most rewarding. The Faldo Asian Final was such an awesome experience, meeting Sir Nick himself was a jaw dropping experience in itself. The whole atmosphere of the tournament and the organisation of the Faldo Series Asia was outstanding I’ve never felt so welcomed and excited to play a tournament, it really felt like I was a professional for that week. I highly recommend anyone to work as hard as possible to get to that level because it’s well worth it.” Jordie Garner – Winner U/18 Boys & Australian Team Representative 10th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final
“The opportunity to represent CHCC and go to China as part of the Nick Faldo team was life changing.
I got to meet excellent golfers from many other countries and realized that I can compete at that level if I am disciplined and continue to work on my game. To spend time with a great golfer like Sir Nick Faldo was also of significant value. The event was exceptional and my first experience of playing golf internationally has inspired me to expect more from my golf game.
Spending time visiting villages and interacting with the local people as caddies also gave me a new perspective and appreciation of the privileges I enjoy in Australia.” Lucy Harris – Winner U/21 Girls & Australian Team Representative 10th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final
2015 Faldo Series Australia Results
Overall Champion: Samuel Nashaar (207)
Winners Under 21: Samuel Nashaar (207) & Lucy Harris (241)
Runners Up Under 21: Daniel Kolar (213) & Brianna Baird (243)
Winner Under 18: Jordan Garner (210)
Runner Up Under 18: Isaac Noh (216)
Winners Under 16: Christopher Fan (219) & Amy Chu (224)
Runners Up Under 16: Bradley Doherty (223) & Grace Kim (227)
Click here to see the final leader board.