WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Faldo Series will have its largest-ever field when The Greenbrier becomes the first American golf club to host a Grand Final, which is set for Oct. 22-24 at the resort in White Sulphur Springs.
"We are very excited about bringing the Grand Final to the U.S. for the first time," Faldo said in a release about the World Amateur Golf Rankings event. "The players will have the unique opportunity to experience tournament golf at a world-class resort that has hosted the Ryder Cup and the PGA Tour four times."
Among the eight American participants making their Faldo Series debut are Wheeling's Thadd Obecny, Spencer's Camden Moore and Parkersburg's Adeena Shears. Other American competitors are Zachary Bouchou of Forest, Va.; Sam Burns of Shreveport, La.; Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla.; Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas and Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass.
They will be joined by 2012 champion Jack Singh-Brar, seeking to become the fourth person to successfully defend a Faldo Series title. The 17-year-old has already won the Berkhamsted Trophy this year and made the cut on his European Tour debut at the Russian Masters.
"We are honored to have the distinction of being the very first American golf club and resort to host a Grand Final of the Faldo Series," Greenbrier Owner Jim Justice said. "Nick Faldo has become a great friend of, and ambassador for, The Greenbrier (including building a new private home for himself at The Greenbrier Sporting Club); so, it's only fitting that he would choose America's Resort to usher in a new generation of young golfers from around the world."
The World Amateur Golf Ranking event will see golfers aged 12 to 22 compete over three rounds on the Old White TPC course at the Greenbrier. Off the course they will spend time with Faldo, his personal coach Keith Wood and experts from TrackMan at the new Faldo Golf Centre.
With the field at The Greenbrier divided into five age-categories, three boys and two girls will each receive a trophy and an exemption into the eighth Asia Grand Final in 2014. The leading boy and girl will also be invited to play in a professional Tour event and the title of Faldo Series Champion will go to the player with the lowest gross score, regardless of age or gender.