Six Indians for Faldo Grand Final
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS)
The Indian Golf Union (IGU) will field a six-member team in the ninth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, commencing in Guangdong, China, on Wednesday. The squad consists of Viraj Madappa of Kolkata, who will compete in the Under-18 category, Aman Raj of Patna (Under-21) and IGU's junior Order of Merit, Delhi's Shubham Narain (U-16).
The girls' contingent includes Delhi's Tvesa Malik (U-21), Gurgaon's Nishtha Madan (U-18) and Gaurika Bishnoi (U-16).
All six players qualified to play in the Faldo final after winning an IGU tour event in their respective categories in December 2014.
The final will be played over 54 holes (with no cut) and the format will be gross stroke-play. The overall winner from the boys' category will be granted an exemption into an Asian Tour event while the girls' winner will be given a start in a Ladies European Tour event. Both will also earn an overseas trip to compete in the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final.
The world amateur golf ranking event will take place at the Nick Faldo-designed course at Mission Hills with 90 players from 18 countries in the fray.
The IGU teams have a fine record at Nick Faldo Asia grand final with Rashid Khan winning the title in 2007 and 2009 while Chandigarh's pro Abhijit Singh Chadha topped in 2011.