Thursday, 28 October 2010
Trishul Chinnappa has booked himself a place in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final with a three-shot victory in the sixth Faldo Series India Championship at Noida Golf Club.
17 year-old Chinnappa carded a seven over par total of 295 over four rounds at Noida to finish three ahead of last year’s finalists, S Chikkarangappa, 17, and Ashbeer Saini, 16, plus 16 year-old Ankur Chadha.
Chinnappa will now head to China in March for the fifth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, which Sir Nick Faldo will host on the Faldo Course at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen. The Indian will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Rashid Khan who claimed consecutive Faldo Series Asia titles in 2008 and 2009, a feat he said “changed his life for the better”.
Joining Chinnappa at the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event will be Boys’ Under-16 winner Honey Baisoya, 14, who finished fifth overall on 299, and Girls’ winner Vani Kapoor who finished six ahead of her nearest rival on 231 over three rounds.
Underwritten by the six-time Major winner himself, the Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, together with official golf wear partner UFL and official equipment supplier TaylorMade. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation (APGC).
Further to the success of the Faldo Series Europe, launched in 1996, the Faldo Series Asia was established in 2006 to help develop the region’s next generation of champions. Over 30 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in more than 25 countries across the UK, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia and former winners include Rory McIlroy, Nick Dougherty, Marc Warren, John Parry, Melissa Reid, Florentyna Parker and Yani Tseng, all of whom have since won on Tour.
The 2010/2011 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 17 tournaments in 12 different countries including six in mainland China plus others in The Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Bahrain, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Thailand.
The 2009/2010 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final was won by 14 year-old Masamichi Ito from Japan and the girls’ title by Thidapa Suwannapura, 17, of Thailand. Ito then became the first player to claim the Faldo Series ‘double’ by winning the 2010 Faldo Series Europe Grand Final as well, played over the Faldo Course at the Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland. The Faldo Series Europe girls’ title was also won by an Asian golfer, Liu Yi-Chen from Chinese Taipei.
Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 295 – Trishul Chinnappa (77-73-72-73); 298 – S Chikkarangappa (75-73-77-73), Ashbeer Saini (76-73-77-72), Ankur Chadha (74-75-74-75). Boys’ Under-16: 299 – Honey Baisoya (75-80-72-72); 301 – Rahul Ravi (73-77-76-75); 303 – Aman Raj (72-75-77-79). Girls’ Under-21: 231 – Vani Kapoor (76-77-78); 237 – Gauri Monga (78-78-81); 243 – Gurbani Singh (80-81-82), Aditi Shok (80-81-82).
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