Going Back To Golf School

Going Back To Golf School

Laguna Golf Lang Co is going back to golf school to boost engagement with golf among local juniors in the run-up to this year’s Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.


Established by European legend Sir Nick Faldo, The Faldo Series has long been regarded as one of the world’s most celebrated circuits for junior golfers. Notable alumni include Major winners Rory McIlroy, Danny Willet and Yani Tseng, as well as other familiar names including Tyrell Hatton, Joaquin Niemann, Eddie Pepperell, Li Haotong, Mel Reid, Carly Booth and Nasa Hataoka.


Going Back To Golf School
Pro golfer Dang Anh gives the kids some tips.


Laguna Golf Lang Co, the home hub for the Faldo Series in Asia, is staying true to the founding principles of the series by having its expert coaches nurture interest among Vietnamese kids from communities near the club in the months preceding this year’s Grand Final, which will be held over the Sir Nick Faldo Signature Design in April.


Stephen Banks, Director of Golf at Laguna Golf Lang Co, and a long-term accredited British PGA member, will be visiting local schools in the company of coach Dang Anh to educate kids about the Royal and Ancient game. They’ll guide children on golf basics using the SNAG Golf System, which utilises tennis-style golf balls and targets for fun, effective and fast skills development. This introduction to the game will be followed by free coaching sessions at Laguna Golf Lang Co for those who are interested.


“The future of golf in Vietnam is in the hands of the juniors, and we are determined to be at the vanguard of efforts to help their development,” said Banks.


Going Back To Golf School
The stunning shoreline course at Laguna Golf Lang Co.


Indeed, efforts to increase domestic engagement with the game are paying off. Last year’s Faldo Series Asia Grand Final leaderboard for the event had a decidedly local flavour. A final round of 67 saw homegrown hero Nguyen Anh Minh take top honours. Minh made history by becoming the first Vietnamese to emerge as the Faldo Series Asia Champion.


Further back, Vietnamese youngster Le Khanh Hung was tied for third place. Other Vietnamese in the top ten were Nguyen Dang Minh (8th) and Nguyen Duc Son (9th).


“The outlook for golf in Vietnam is exceptionally promising, something that was showcased by the leaderboard at last year’s Faldo Series Asia Grand Final,” added Banks. “Our continued role as the host venue for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final underscores our commitment to fostering junior golf in Vietnam and across Asia.”


Going Back To Golf School
Stephen Banks, Director of Golf at Laguna Golf Lang Co.


This year’s Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, the culmination of the series, will see the best junior golfers from over 22 Asian countries battle it out over the stunning course at Laguna Golf Lang Co for the crown of champion.


Inaugurated by Sir Nick Faldo after his victory at the 1996 US Masters, the Faldo Series is recognised as the only global amateur series for boys and girls. Competitors from ages 12 to 21 can test themselves against the very best juniors around the world.


Going Back To Golf School
Starting new at golf (SNAG) tools for beginners.


Laguna Golf Lang Co is a fitting location for the grand finale of the prestigious circuit. A linchpin of the Vietnam Golf Coast (VGC), a freshly rebooted destination marketing initiative that links Central Vietnam’s best clubs, the layout is one of several courses turning heads in Central Vietnam.


Other highlights include Ba Na Hills Golf Club, laid out by British Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald over rolling foothills, Montgomerie Links, designed by UK legend Colin Montgomerie, and Hoiana Shores, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.



Source: Balcony Media Group.

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