Faldo Series Asia Grand Final

Faldo Series Asia Grand Final

Vietnam’s Nguyen Duc Son held his nerve in a dramatic second extra-hole shootout to win the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in style in Central Vietnam in late April. A final round of 69 saw Son take top honours as one of the world’s most celebrated junior golf circuits returned to Laguna Golf Lang Co, the home hub of the Faldo Series Asia since 2017.

 

Son (17) became the second successive Faldo Series Asia Champion from Vietnam, following in the footsteps of last year’s winner Nguyen Anh Minh. In a thrilling finale, Son closed out Masato Sumiuchi from Japan, his nearest challenger, in a playoff clincher on the par-5 final hole on the Sir Nick Faldo Signature Design.

 

Faldo Series Asia Grand Final
Sir Nick was on hand to give the youngsters some pro tips.

 

After finishing in a deadlock after 54 holes and tying the first extra hole, the players returned to the 18th tee for another tilt at the title. Both players had birdie opportunities after some fine play down the length of the twisting, challenging hole. Sumiuchi narrowly missed his putt, but Son made no mistake with his effort, holing out to notch his first triumph in an international event.

 

Further back, Vietnamese youngster Doan Uy was tied with Wang Ngai Shen from Hong Kong in third place. Other Vietnamese in the top ten were Le Chuc An (5th) and Le Nguyen Minh Anh (9th). The strong showing from young Vietnamese was further proof of the progress being made to grow the game in the nation. Son’s triumph in Lang Co follows hot on the heels of Nguyen Anh Minh snaring victory in the Taiwan-China Championship earlier in April.

 

Son was a model of consistency throughout the 54-hole stroke-play tournament which featured around 50 talented youngsters from 12 different nations around Asia as well as Australia. One of the shots of the week came from Alexis Nailga from the Philippines who notched a hole-in-one on the short 5th hole.

 

Faldo Series Asia Grand Final
Nguyen Duc Son sinks his ball to win.

 

“What an incredible week. You’ll need to give me a moment to catch my breath after that,” said Sir Nick Faldo, who had been present throughout the week to mentor junior players and oversee the trophy ceremony at the esteemed Angsana Lang Co resort.

 

Indeed, Faldo offered some tips on technique to Son at a special golf clinic following round one of the tournament. These pointers helped him to improve his form during his final two rounds. “Son finished brilliantly,” added Faldo. “To maintain such consistency is truly impressive. And then to hold his nerve like that on the extra hole was just brilliant to see. It was a truly energising week and we are delighted to keep providing new opportunities to people in emerging golf destinations to expand our great game.”

 

Faldo Series Asia Grand Final
The stunning Laguna Golf Lang Co course mixes mountains and oceans.

 

The event once again showcased Central Vietnam’s pedigree as a stage for major golf occasions, an aspect that is being promoted by Vietnam Golf Coast, a destination marketing effort linking the region’s signature clubs.

 

“Our ongoing role as the host venue for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final underscores our commitment to nurturing junior golf in Vietnam and across Asia,” said Stephen Banks, Director of Golf at Laguna Lang Co. “Thus, witnessing a Vietnamese champion and notable performances by other Vietnamese juniors securing four of the top 10 positions is truly gratifying. The outlook for golf in Vietnam is bright.”

 

 

Source: Balcony Media Group.

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