The Faldo Mini Series, in association with the Golf Foundation, aims to create a comprehensive list of short course events across the British Isles for children aged under 12, while offering a great incentive to all the youngsters taking part; winners’ names go into a draw with a chance to meet six-time Major winner Nick Faldo.
This is the second year that the initiative has been run. In 2006, after 84 events were held nationwide involving 2,500 youngsters, winners were chosen to meet Nick Faldo. Last year Nick took part in a series of skills challenges using Golf Foundation Tri-Golf equipment before talking at length about his golfing experiences to the budding young players. A similar event will be staged later this year on completion of all the short course competitions.
Nick Faldo said, “The Faldo Mini Series is such an important initiative for us because it helps us provide further opportunities for young golfers that can benefit from what the Faldo Series has to offer. At last year’s seminar during the Faldo Series final I was genuinely impressed with the level of interest and the quality of the questions that these young golfers put forward. It is our hope that some of these players will go on to compete in the Faldo Series final and perhaps one day in the future become professional golfers in their own right.”
All events for under 12s which meet the Faldo Mini Series criteria can be part of this innovative initiative. Organisers holding events before 2nd September 2007 are invited to register free of charge with the Golf Foundation and their event winners will be eligible to go into the prize draw. From this draw, 12 boys and 12 girls will be selected to meet Nick Faldo.
Mike Round, chief executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “Last year, Nick gave an inspirational talk to all the young golfers present and was hugely generous with his time. His interest in this initiative gives it a tremendous boost, raising the profile of short course events and getting more youngsters playing golf.”
The Golf Foundation is a charity that is committed to the sporting and social development of young people through golf. It runs initiatives to help youngsters from all backgrounds and with all abilities find a start in the game, and supports the national golf partnerships in England, Scotland and Wales.
A registration form for the Faldo Mini Series has been sent to every golf club and the information can also be downloaded from the Golf Foundation’s website – www.golf-foundation.org – or via the Faldo Series website at www.nickfaldo.com.