07 August 2015: A-ROSA Scharmützelsee has announced that they will host the Faldo Series Grand Final in September 2015. For the first time, the season ending tournament will be held in in Bad Saarow, Germany. The Grand Final will be played on the Faldo Course Berlin - widely recognised as one of continental Europe’s finest championship layouts.
Shenzhen, China (November 23): Sir Nick Faldo will play host to many of the region’s finest young golfing prospects when the 10th anniversary edition of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final takes place from March 2-4, 2016.
Shenzhen, China (March 1): Nasa Hataoka, Minami Hiruta and Yumi Kudo will spearhead Japan’s bid for continued glory in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.
The news was presented today in Bad Saarow, Germany by the A-ROSA Resort and six-time major champion, Sir Nick Faldo, who founded the Series in 1996 to provide opportunity through golf and develop tomorrow's champions. The competition will run over three days from September 29th to October 1st.
"I want to thank the A-ROSA Scharmützelsee. I am certain they will host a fantastic Grand Final on a course that is the purest of golfing challenges” said Faldo. “The Series enjoys great support by The European Tour, the R&A, the Asia Tour, the Asia Pacific Golf Federation, the PGA of America and The PGA Tour and they’ve been absolutely unified and vital to the Faldo Series’ efforts to grow golf globally.”
One of the most prestigious tournaments on Asia’s amateur golfing calendar, the 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking event will once more be staged over the acclaimed Faldo Course at Mission Hills Golf Club.
The talented teenage triumvirate are among the favourites for victory in the 10th anniversary edition of the event that Sir Nick Faldo launched in 2007 with a view to growing the game around the world and unearthing the next batch of global golfing superstars.
"It’s a pleasure to be able to take the Grand Final to a Championship standard course where competitors will be tested against the best European, Asian and American youngsters. After 19 years the Faldo Series is still expanding and there’s still more to do but every Grand Final provides education and inspiration for all and a stage for some of the best young amateurs in the world."
A-ROSA Golf Director Vanessa Herbon commented "We’re very delighted to host the Faldo Series Grand Final. The first Faldo Series Germany Championship in 2010 was a milestone for youth Golf in Germany and we hope this will be another springboard for further development. We are looking forward to welcoming the high quality junior golfers from all around the world to our Faldo Course this fall/autumn."
Six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo, Britain’s most successful golfer and founder of the Faldo Series, said: “To be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final is a notable milestone, and one of which I am immensely proud.
“It promises to be another memorable tournament,” said six-time Major champion Faldo, who will be present at Shenzhen’s Mission Hills Golf Club throughout the week.
Sir Nick will be in attendance at the Grand Final and available to share his vast experience with the youngsters. The players will also benefit from time with Faldo’s personal coach Keith Wood. Both will assist the players and conduct clinics for the duration of the week. Recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls, the Faldo Series was established in 1996, expanded to Asia in 2006 and America in 2013.
Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.
“It gives me tremendous satisfaction to see the Faldo Series Asia continuing to grow and prosper with more tournaments in more countries – a clear sign of the healthy state of elite junior golf in the Asia Pacific.
As well as conducting golfing clinics, Faldo will mingle with the 80-plus players from no fewer than 20 countries that will compete over the acclaimed Faldo Course at Mission Hills from March 2-4.
“As I reflect on the first decade of the Faldo Series Asia, I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to The R&A and Mission Hills for their kind sponsorship, to the region’s national golf associations and federations for their support, to all the venues that have staged tournaments and to each and every one of the girls and boys who have participated.”
For Hataoka, Hiruta and Kudo, the focus is to follow in the footsteps of Yuki Kamasu , Mikumu Horikawa  and Masamichi Ito  and become the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking [伟德娱乐国际，WAGR] tournament’s fourth Japanese champion the in the past five years.
Spanning 11 months, the 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia season includes a minimum of 21 events in 17 countries including, for the first time, Australia.
One of Asia’s brightest female prospects, Hataoka, who turned 17 last month and has a plus-five handicap, has risen to 60th in the WAGR.
Winners of age-group categories at each of the national championships will earn themselves places in the 10th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.
Among many highlights in 2015, she was a runaway winner in the Girls’ 15-17 segment at the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships at San Diego’s Torrey Pines and triumphant in the Faldo Series Asia Japan Championship.