Toy triumphs at Faldo Series Asia Grand Final
The Saigon Times Daily
Napat Paramacharoenroj receives the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final trophy from Sir Nick Faldo at the award ceremony which was held last week at Laguna Lang Co Golf Resort in Thua Thien-Hue Province - PHOTO: KONG KOONG
Thailand’s Napat Paramacharoenroj produced a grandstand finish to claim a notable victory in the 11th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.
Under the gaze of six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo, Napat – nicknamed Toy – drained a 35-foot birdie putt on the final green at the award-winning Faldo Design layout at Laguna Lang Co in Thua Thien-Hue Province for a closing three-under-par 68 in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event.
That gave him a 54-hole total of eight-under 205 and a one-stroke win from Indonesian Jonathan Wijono (69), who was left to rue a double-bogey six at the 16th.
A further stroke back in third was Australian Daniel Gale (69) with first round leader Mohammad Rasel of Bangladesh (70) in fourth on 208 and Chinese-Taipei’s Liu Yung-hau (72) fifth on 209.
“It’s been a memorable week. My thanks to Sir Nick Faldo for providing this opportunity. This is certainly one of the highlights of my golfing career,” said 15-year-old Napat, who is only the second Thai winner of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.
Sir Nick Faldo, who hosted participants from 20 countries at the Laguna Lang Co resort from March 15-17, said: “Congratulations to Khun Toy. He showed tremendous skill and composure. To make a birdie to win under such intense pressure at the final hole was commendable. He is a worthy champion.”
In the Girls’ Division, pride of place went to Taipei’s Hung Jo-hua. She carded a 72 to win the Girls’ Under-21 category and finish as the leading overall female on 213.
Other age group winners were Japan’s Minori Nagano (Girls’ Under-16); Indonesian Almay Rayhan (Boys’ Under-18) and Australian Daniel Gale (Boys’ Under-21).
As well as receiving the Faldo Series Asia trophy, Napat will be granted an exemption into an Asian Tour event, while Hung will be given a start in a Ladies European Tour event. Both have also earned themselves a trip to compete in this year’s Faldo Series Europe Grand Final.
“This week we brought together more than 80 talented young golfers from around the world. The standard of play is improving every year and I’m excited about the future as we continue our effort to grow the game of golf globally through the Faldo Series,” Sir Nick Faldo added.
Faldo also showed his ambition to bring the Faldo Asia Series Grand Final to Vietnam and Laguna Lang Co, a course which he has visited often and most proud of designing. “The two hosts at Laguna Lang Co and Banyan Tree Resorts are contributing greatly to growing golf and developing tomorrow’s champions. In addition, some of the best young golfers in the world have now had the tremendous experience of visiting and enjoying golf and hospitality in Vietnam,” Faldo added.
On March 20, 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.