Thai teenager takes Faldo Series title in Cambodia

Mon 01 Jul 2013

Thai teenager takes Faldo Series title in Cambodia

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July 1: Watcharasit Trachuentong from Thailand claimed a narrow victory in the second Faldo Series Cambodia Championship at Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap.  The 17-year-old was one of two Thais to qualify for the Asia Grand Final in China along with winners from Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Trachuentong (Boys’ Under-21) fired rounds of 72 and 73 on the Faldo Design course in Siem Reap to finish tied on one over par with overnight-leader Aaerishna Shahsthy (Boys’ Under-16) of Malaysia.  As age-group winners, both players will join Sir Nick Faldo for the eighth Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen but it was the Thai teenager who claimed the overall trophy thanks to a stronger final round.
The girls’ division also went to a count-back with 16-year-old Andrea Au from Hong Kong edging Thailand’s Onkanok Soisuwan, 12, to the win.  However both girls also qualify for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event at Mission Hills next March.
The second Faldo Series Cambodia Championship featured a range of nationalities from Cambodian to Indonesian to five players from New Zealand.  In a bid to grow golf in the local community, the tournament also involved school-children from Siem Reap who enjoyed a free coaching clinic before watching the competitors in action.
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 2013, 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 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: 145 – Watcharasit Trachuentong (THA) 72-73; 146 – Poovadol Leeartharn (THA) 73-73.  Boys’ Under-16: 145 – Aaerishna Shahsthy (MAL) 71-74; 147 – Thanaphum Khanchitworakun (THA) 75-72.  Girls’ Under-21: 151 – Andrea Au (HKG) 75-76, Onkanok Soisuwan (THA) 75-76; 165 – Pinkaew Trachuentong (THA) 85-80.
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.
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Photo caption: Watcharasit Trachuentong (left) from Thailand with David Baron, Director of Golf at Angkor Golf Resort during the 2013 Faldo Series Cambodia Championship in Siem Reap.
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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.
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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.
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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.