Faldo Series Asia glory for Horikawa

Thu 13 Mar 2014

Faldo Series Asia glory for Horikawa

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Shenzhen, China, March 13: Mikumu Horikawa of Japan stormed to victory in the eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China. The 21-year-old from Kanagawa fired a superb final round 68 on the Faldo Course to win by three shots and follow in the footsteps of compatriot Masamichi Ito who won the title in 2010 and 2012.
“The time is now for the Faldo Series, Mikumu’s come from behind victory caps an amazing week which has seen us crown champions from around the world,” said Sir Nick Faldo. Today’s winners will travel on to America later this year where they will be vying to emulate the success of Korean American Megan Khang, who became our first girl champion at The Greenbrier last October. It’s an international story and I’m proud of that.”
“This victory means so much to me as it was my third final and last chance to win the Faldo Series,” said an emotional Mikumu on receiving his trophy from Faldo. “I picked up a putting tip from Sir Nick yesterday which really made a difference to my game today.”
Horikawa opened with three birdies in his first four holes to stun overnight leader Paul Kinnear. He went on to reach nine-under par and finish three ahead of England’s Kinnear who closed with a 73 to finish second.
Pauline Del Rosario held off a strong challenge from fellow Filipino Princess Mary Superal to win the Girls’ Division. The 15-year-old qualifies for the 2014 Faldo Series Grand Final along with Horikawa, Boys’ Under-18 winner Marc Ong of Singapore and Wang Mei-Xing (Girls Under-21) from China.
Bai Zheng-Kai from Guangdong made it a double success for China by winning the Boys Under-16 division. The 16-year-old also claimed the Mission Hills Trophy as the highest-placed finisher from mainland China.
81 golfers from 19 countries joined Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills in Shenzhen for the eighth Asia Grand Final. Competitors aged 12 to 21 played over three rounds on the Faldo Course for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event.  Off the course they spent time with the six-time Major Champion, his personal coach Keith Wood and experts from TrackMan.
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year.  Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
In September 2014, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America.  The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.
The 2013/2014 Faldo Series Asia schedule featured a record 19 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China, two in India and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
The eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final was supported by ISPS Handa, Mission Hills, The R&A, Audemars Piguet, CBS, Golf Channel, MasterCard, Tricor, PGA Tour and PGA of America.  It is endorsed by the Asian Tour, the Asia Pacific Golf Federation and the Guangdong Golf Association.
Leading final scores:Boys’ Under-21: 207 – Mikumu Horikawa (JPN) 70-69-68; 210 – Paul Kinnear (ENG) 66-71-73; 218 – Syed Saqib Ahmed (IND) 75-75-68. Boys’ Under-18: 213 – Marc Ong (SIN) 70-73-70; 215 – Zachary Bauchou (USA) 69-71-75; 218 – Simon Zach (CZE) 71-76-71. Boys’ Under-16: 216 – Bai Zheng-Kai (CHN) 73-71-72; 220 – Shota Seki (JPN) 74-71-75; 221 – Jakub Hrinda (SK) 74-78-69, Ye Wo-Cheng (CHN) 75-75-71. Girls’ Under-21: 229 - Wang Mei-Xing (CHN) 75-79-75, Nur Durriyah Damian (MAL) 78-76-75, Shina Kanazawa (JPN) 76-77-76, Zhu Kai-Lin (CHN) 76-76-77. Girls’ Under-16: 216 – Pauline Del Rosario (PHI) 72-69-75; 217 – Princess Mary Superal (PHI) 72-74-71; 222 – Minami Hiruta (JPN) 72-73-77.
Visit www.nickfaldo.com for scores and results from the eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final on March 11-13.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.
Photo caption:  Mikumu Horikawa of Japan receives the Faldo Series Asia trophy from Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China.
Note to editors
For final scores and results: www.faldoseriesasia.info
For images from the tournament which are available for free distribution and usage click on the Media Images folder (password “faldofinal2014”): www.tinyurl.com/faldoseries2014
For media enquiries,
United Kingdom: Matthew Worthington, Faldo Series +44 773021 2685 mworthington@nickfaldo.com.
China: Sundi Shi, Mission Hills, +86 755 2802 0888, sundishi@missionhillschina.com
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.  Visit www.randa.org.
About ISPS Handa
ISPS Handa is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS Handa was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS Handa has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS Handa’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport.  Visit www.ispsgolf.com.
About Mission Hills
Mission Hills China, owner and operator of Mission Hills Shenzhen-Dongguan, which includes 12 golf courses, and Mission Hills Haikou, which features 10 courses, is a key player in the country's fledgling sports and leisure industry. The Mission Hills brand encompasses several sub-brands, including Mission Hills Golf Clubs, Mission Hills Residences, as well as Mission Hills Hotels & Resorts. It is also the host, promoter and underwriter of several high-profile golf tournaments, including the World Ladies Championship and the World Celebrity Pro-Am. The company employs approximately 14,000 people across its two operations. Visit www.missionhillschina.com for more details.