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Kathmandu
(September 25): Shivaraj Majhi upstaged pre-tournament favourite Arun
Tamang to emerge triumphant in the fourth edition of the Faldo Series
Nepal Championship.

Kathmandu
(September 18): A return trip to Mission Hills China is the rich
incentive for Arun Tamang as he aims to retain his crown in the fourth
edition of the Faldo Series Nepal Championship.

                                                        

 

Maintaining
his cool in testing conditions at the Gokarana Forest Resort, Majhi
overturned a five-stroke opening round deficit to pull off a famous
victory.

Tamang heads
to the Gokarana Forest Resort determined to stamp his class and
underline his status as the number one amateur in Nepal.

 

 

With rounds
of 75, 72 and 76, Majhi posted a three-day aggregate of seven-over-par
223 in the event which was, for the first time, contested over 54 holes,
ensuring it was recognised as part of the World Amateur Golf Ranking
system.

As well as
setting his sights on a successful title defence, Tamang is anxious to
secure a place in the 10th anniversary Faldo Series Asia Grand Final
next March and to improve on his 15th place finish in the Boys’ Under-18
category at Mission Hills this year.

 

 

Having
topped the standings in the Boys’ Under-21 category, Majhi has earned
himself a trip to Mission Hills China next March for the 10th
anniversary Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick
Faldo.

Furthermore,
18-year-old Tamang knows that victory on home territory next week will
be the ideal tonic ahead of his appearance in next month’s Asia Pacific
Amateur Championship.

 

 

Accompanying
him will be Boys Under-16 champion Tenzing Tsering and Pratima Sherpa,
the runaway winner in the Girls’ Under-21 category.

Six-time
Major champion Sir Nick Faldo, Britain’s most successful golfer, said:
“I was impressed by Arun’s ambition and potential during the ninth Faldo
Series Asia Grand Final and I wish him well as he attempts to defend his
title at Gokarna Forest Resort.

 

 

The
10th leg of the record-breaking 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia season, the
Nepal event showcased the brightest young golfing talent from the South
Asian nation that is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north
by China and to the south, east and west by India.

“It’s been
uplifting to see the progress that has been made by Nepalese players in
the three years since we launched the Faldo Series Nepal
Championship.

 

 

And
to the surprise of even himself, it was Majhi who proved to be the
dominant character, relegating defending champion and Nepal’s number one
amateur Tamang to second spot.

“It would be
wonderful one day to be able to crown a home-grown Nepalese as the Faldo
Series Asia Grand Final champion.”

 

 

A
week before heading to Hong Kong to represent his country in the
Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, 18-year-old Tamang had been hoping
for a timely morale-booster by retaining his Faldo
Series Nepal Championship title.

Fresh from a
one-week training camp supported
by The R&A and Gokarna Forest Resort, hopes are
high that Tamang can produce the goods over the next month.

 

 

Tamang
could hardly have wished for a better start, streaking to five-under
through 15 holes of the opening round with eagles at two of the
par-fives. Despite three successive bogeys to close, Tamang’s two-under
70 gave him a five-stroke cushion from Majhi with Prithvi Malla a
further stroke back in third.

Nepal
Golf Association General Secretary Tashi Ghale said: “I think Arun has
improved technically after the training and is ready for the Faldo
Series Nepal Championship and Asian Championship.”

 

 

On
day two, Tamang went into reverse with an 80 as Majhi soared to the top
of the leaderboard thanks to an even-par return.

The 10th leg
of the 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia season, the Nepal event will showcase
the brightest young golfing talent from the South Asian nation that is
located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the
south, east and west by India.

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