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THE GREENBRIER TO HOST FIRST-EVER
FALDO GRAND FINAL IN THE U.S.


Eight US golfers to make series debut at the historic West Virginia resort
 
White Sulphur Springs, WV - October 11, 2013: The Greenbrier, the historic American golf resort in West Virginia, has announced that it will host the largest ever field in the 17th Grand Final of The Faldo Series, which tees off on October 22-24. A total of 101 golfers from 19 countries will join Sir Nick Faldo for the World Amateur Golf Ranking event.

"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," said Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier.  "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."

"We are very excited about bringing the Grand Final to the U.S. for the first time. 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," commented Faldo. "My thanks to Jim Justice and The Greenbrier for hosting the event and to our Major partners; The R&A; The European Tour; ISPS Handa and the PGA TOUR. Without their support, none of this would be possible."

2012 Champion Jack Singh-Brar is among the field and will be aiming 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.

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.

Eight American players will make their Faldo Series debut at The Greenbrier on October 22-24. Three West Virginia locals--Thadd Obecny II of Wheeling, Cambden Moore of Spencer and Adeena Shears of Parkersburg--will be joined by five PGA of America nominees (Zachary Bouchou, Forest, VA; Sam Burns, Shreveport, LA; Brad Dalke, Hobart, OK; Kristen Gillman, Austin, TX and Megan Khang, Rockland, MA).

Local school children will also be present during the week to attend clinics with Faldo and watch the competitors in action, part of a Faldo Series drive to help grow golf at the grassroots level.

Supported by The R&A, The Greenbrier, ISPS Handa and the European Tour, the 2013 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 20 tournaments in 15 countries including six in England plus others in Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Chile, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Austria, Wales, Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Greece and the USA.

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.

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, AZ marks another significant step in the program's history.

For more information on the Faldo Series visit www.nickfaldo.com.

ABOUT THE GREENBRIER:
Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds.

ABOUT THE R&A:
Based in St Andrews, The R&A organises The Open Championship, major amateur events and international matches.  Together with the United States Golf Association, The R&A governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings.  The R&A's working jurisdiction is global, excluding the United States and Mexico.

The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the game internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.  The R&A operates with the consent of 143 organisations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf of over thirty million golfers in 128 countries.  Visit www.randa.org.

ABOUT ISPS HANDA:
ISPS Handa is a 'General Incorporated Association' based in Tokyo.  ISPS Handa was founded by Japanese philanthropist, Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS Handa has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS Handa's heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa's interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport.  Visit www.ispsgolf.com.

ABOUT THE EUROPEAN TOUR:
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf.  From the origins of the professional game - building the proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity - to showcasing its diverse global talent and rich landscapes, the European Tour's innovative approach enables it to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future.  Visit www.europeantour.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mark Liebermann for The Greenbrier
E-mail: mliebermann@geoffreyweill.com
Tel: 1-866-PR-WEILL
www.geoffreyweill.com

LeslieAnne Wade for The Faldo Series
E-mail: lwade@nickfaldo.com
Tel: 1-917-751-7693