1 August 2011: Karachi’s Mubariz Ahmed made the most of local knowledge to win the inaugural Faldo Series Pakistan Championship on his home course at Karachi Golf Club. The Pakistan Golf Federation heralded Sir Nick Faldo’s Series for golf development in the country.
31 January 2014: Mubariz Ahmad won his third Faldo Series Pakistan Championship with a fourteen-shot victory at Defence Authority Country and Golf Club in Karachi. The 18-year-old was one of four Pakistani golfers to qualify for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in China.
“The first ever Faldo Series event in Pakistan has been a great success,” declared Taimur Hassan, Honorary Secretary of the Pakistan Golf Federation. “It is extremely important for young Pakistanis to gain this level of tournament experience if they are to develop as international golfers. We shall now provide opportunities for young people on a year-round basis.”
Karachi local Ahmad carded rounds of 72, 73 and 77 to finish an incredible fourteen shots ahead of Boys’ Under-21 winner Muhammad Umer Khokhar. Ahmad and Khokhar qualify for the eighth Asia Grand Final which Sir Nick Faldo will host at Mission Hills Golf Club in China, March 11-13.
15-year-old Ahmed carded rounds of 78, 79 and 77 to finish on 234, two ahead of joint runners-up, Sameer Merchant from Karachi and Lahore’s Mahad Zafar. As winners of their age-categories, Ahmed and Merchant qualify for the sixth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, hosted by Sir Nick Faldo at Mission Hills Golf Club in China.
The pair will be joined at the World Amateur Golf Ranking event in Shenzhen by Ali Aanish Rehman, who topped the Boys’ Under-16 division, and Girls’ Under-21 winner Maryama Khan.
“This was a wonderful tournament and the experience we have gained will stand us in really good stead for Mission Hills,” said a delighted Ahmed. “I am very grateful to the Pakistan Golf Federation for its continued support and also to the Faldo Series, together with its partners, including The R&A, for allowing us this opportunity.”
Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
Also travelling to Mission Hills for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event in March 2012 will be Boys’ Under-21 winner Ghufran Ghani from Karachi and Girls’ Under-21 champion Kashfa Zafar of Lahore.
In September 2014, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America. The first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is also home to the Faldo Series USA and marks the next significant step in the programme’s history.
Established in 1996, 35 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 25 countries worldwide with over 5,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
The 2013/2014 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 19 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China, two in India and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand. The season will conclude in March 2014 when Faldo hosts the eighth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China.
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, official golf wear partner UFL and official suppliers TaylorMade and Tricor. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation (APGC).
The Faldo Series Asia is supported by The R&A, ISPS Handa and Mission Hills. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation.
The 2011/2012 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 18 tournaments in 14 different countries including five in mainland China plus others in The Philippines, Vietnam, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bahrain, Brunei, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 236 – Muhammad Umer Khokhar (80-77-79); 241 – Sundeel Dawood (76-82-83); 242 – Zubair Hussain (79-77-86). Boys’ Under-18: 222 – Mubariz Ahmad (72-73-77); 236 – Minhaj Maqsood Warraich (80-77-79); 246 – Azam Khan (81-78-87). Boys’ Under-16: 240 – Ali Aanish Rehman (82-78-80); 246 – Mustafa Ali Ghani (81-78-87). Girls’ Under-21: 267 – Maryama Khan (90-86-91); 273 – Aania Farooq Syed (98-86-89).
Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 237 – Ghufran Ghani (77-77-83); 238 – Taimur Khan (82-81-75). Boys’ Under-18: 236 – Sameer Merchant (74-81-81); 263 – Salman Khan (88-89-86). Boys’ Under-16: 234 – Mubariz Ahmed (78-79-77); 236 – Mahad Zafar (77-82-77). Girls’ Under-21: 267 – Kashfa Zafar (88-87-92); 268 – Nushmiya Sukhera (89-89-90).