THE Royal & Ancient Golf Club (R&A) have confirmed they will continue to support the Faldo Series - a leading junior golf championship founded by six-time Major champion Nick Faldo.
The R&A, the world governing body and custodians of the game except in the United States and Mexico, have provided funding for the Faldo Series since its inception in 1996. Proceeds generated from the British Open are used by the R&A to invest in the growth and development of sports around the globe.
The R&A’s support continues to play a significant role in organising tournaments in new golfing regions, as well as furthering the development of junior golf by facilitating world-class coaches and instructors to lead clinics at Series events.
More than 40,000 participants, aged between 12 and 21, have competed in the Faldo Series since it began nearly 25 years ago.
Notable alumni include the 2014 British Open champion Rory McIlroy and 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett, as well as fellow Tour professionals Tseng Ya-ni, Nasa Hataoka, Megan Khang, Carly Booth, Joaquin Niemann, Eddie Pepperell and Rashid Khan.
The Faldo Series is touted as a global amateur series for boys and girls, giving competitors the opportunity to play in World Amateur Golf Ranking sanctioned events, while testing themselves against the best from around the world.
Established in the United Kingdom, the Faldo Series has gone from strength to strength, expanding to Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.
Dedicated to "Developing Tomorrow’s Champions", the Series now features some 40 tournaments annually, in 30 countries.
R&A Golf Development director Kevin Barker said in a statement: “As a supporter of the Faldo Series for many years, we have seen first-hand the impact it has made on the game by providing competitive opportunities for boys and girls around the world and helping their development.
“The Series is expanding further into new and existing territories, including less-developed golf nations, providing more opportunities for participation in golf by young people.”
Faldo welcomed the continued support and said: “We are incredibly fortunate and grateful to have the support of the R&A to further develop the game of golf around the world.
“The Faldo Series has always looked to develop ‘tomorrow’s champions’ and increase competitive opportunities to help the next generation of golfers improve, which is also a key goal of the R&A.”
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Faldo Series had several events postponed across Europe and Asia. However, the European schedule recently resumed and is enjoying record-breaking entry numbers, showing the appetite from juniors to get back to competitive golf after lockdown.
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