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La­guna Lˇang Cô’s host­ing of the Faldo Se­ries Asia Grand Fi­nal will help to un­der­score the venue’s rep­u­ta­tion as a gen­uine world-class golf des­ti­na­tion. Two months may have elapsed since the stag­ing of the 11th edi­tion of the R&A World Am­a­teur Golf Rank­ing event, but the dra­matic fi­nale to a memorable week is still fresh in the mind. With a play-off loom­ing, Thai­land’s Na­pat Para­macharoen­roj drained a 35-foot birdie putt on the fi­nal green to se­cure a one-stroke win from In­done­sian Jonathan Wi­jono. With the im­mi­nent com­mence­ment of the 12th sea­son of the Faldo Se­ries Asia, it’s been con­firmed that the Grand Fi­nal will re­turn to La­guna Golf Lˇang Cô, most likely in March, 2018. Sup­ported by The R&A and en­dorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pa­cific Golf Con­fed­er­a­tion, the 2017-18 Faldo Se­ries Asia cam­paign stretches over 11 months. As well as two events in China, India and Thai­land, cham­pi­onships are be­ing staged in Aus­tralia, Bangladesh, Cam­bo­dia, Chi­nese-Taipei, Hong Kong, In­done­sia, Ja­pan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pak­istan, the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore and Viet­nam. Recog­nised as the only global am­a­teur se­ries for boys and girls, the Faldo Se­ries was es­tab­lished in 1996, ex­pand­ing to Asia in 2006. To­day, 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.

Fol­low­ing his Faldo Se­ries Asia Grand Fi­nal suc­cess, Na­pat Para­macharoen­roj was hoisted into the air by the cad­dies at La­guna Laˇng Cô. Pic­ture by Kong Koong

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