Shih shines in Faldo Series China Championship

Wed 24 Jul 2013

Shih shines in Faldo Series China Championship

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July 23: Shih Chun-yu of Chinese Taipei impressed in his first-ever overseas tournament with an eight-shot victory in the eighth Faldo Series China Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen.  Golfers from China and Hong Kong also qualified for a return trip to Mission Hills for the Asia Grand Final next March.
“This is my first tournament outside of my country so I’m very happy to win,” said the 17-year-old following rounds of 73 and 71 to finish on level par.  “Tseng Yani is a role model to all young golfers in Chinese Taipei so I would like to win a Faldo Series final like her.”
Shih will spend time with Sir Nick Faldo at the eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills in March 2014.  He will be joined by age-category winners Linus Lo (Boys’ Under-16) of Hong Kong and the local Chinese pair of Wang Mei-Xing (Girls’ Under-21) from Dongguan and Shenzhen’s Pan Mei-Yi (Girls’ Under-16).
Also heading to the World Amateur Golf Ranking event next March will be leading Chinese players Wu Zi-Hao (Boys’ Under-21 runner up) and Zhang Zi-Hong (Boys’ Under-16 runner up).
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 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 marks another next significant step in the programme’s history.
The 2013/2014 Faldo Series Asia schedule features 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 Faldo Series Asia is supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and Mission Hills.  It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.
Leading final scores
Boys’ Under-21:
144 – Shih Chun-Yu (TPE) 73 71
158 – Liu Tse-Sen (TPE) 82 76
Boys’ Under-16:
152 – Linus Lo (HKG) 78 74
155 – Zhang Zi-Hong (CHN) 78 77
Girls’ Under-21:
154 – Wang Mei-Xing (CHN) 79 75
182 – Peony Tan (HKG) 92 90
Girls’ Under-16:
160 – Pan Mei-Yi (CHN) 81 79
170 – Andrea Au (HKG) 85 85
For more information on the Faldo Series visit www.nickfaldo.com.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.
Photo caption: Shih Chun-Yu of Chinese Taipei receives his trophy from Mr Tony Ip, Executive Director of Mission Hills Group during the eighth Faldo Series China Championship at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China in July 2013.
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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 Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and the tropical island of Hainan, is the pioneer in China’s fledgling hospitality, sports and leisure industry.  Founded in 1992, Mission Hills is recognised as the leading golf brand in the world and synonymous with high-end, luxurious and exquisitely-designed residences.  Mission Hills has been the major driving force behind the sports and leisure industry in China. Its three world-class integrated leisure and wellness resort destinations have hosted more than 100 international tournaments.  Mission Hills has also been accredited the “World’s Largest Golf Club” by the Guinness World Records.
Mission Hills’ properties sprawl over 40 square kilometres.  They include 24 championship courses designed by renowned players and architects from five continents, five-star resorts, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, an international convention centre, golf academies and Asia’s largest tennis facility.  Mission Hills is also the official training headquarters of China’s Tennis and Golf Associations.  In 2012, the Guinness World Records recognised Mission Hills Haikou as the "World’s Largest Spa & Mineral Springs."
The Group’s “golf and more” leisure philosophy has catalysed its tourism-related business expansion.  The latest development projects include the 500,000 square-metre Mission Hills Centreville and 330,000 square-metre Mission Hills Lan Kwai Fong Haikou.  These family-friendly metropolitan leisure destinations and low-carbon town centres feature internationally-renowned hotel brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance and Hard Rock Hotel; integrated shopping, entertainment and leisure centres including 1,000-plus renowned anchor brands; DFS Galleria is the world’s leading luxury retailer catering to the travel public; the trendiest restaurants, cafes and bars; IMAX cinemas; ice skating rinks; bowling alleys; simulation racing centre, world-renowned auto showrooms; and many other exciting offerings.  The new Mission Hills Huayi Brothers Feng Xiaogang Movie-Themed Town with a Grand Opening scheduled in 2014, is destined to become a major entertainment and commercial district in Haikou.  The 930,000 square-metre site will showcase six professional movie studios, as well as numerous dining, entertainment, shopping, cinema, cafe, bar and hotel facilities.  The combination of iconic film elements and 24-hour dining and shopping districts will further establish Mission Hills Haikou as a leading business, entertainment, cultural and leisure destination in China.
Today, Mission Hills Group has achieved many milestones and become the preeminent conglomerate in the sports, tourism, leisure and entertainment industry.  The next breakthrough in the Group’s evolution will occur as it brings its tried and true branding and golf management services to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Yunnan, Chongqing and other destinations.  Visit www.missionhillschina.com.