FIXBY’s Rochelle Morris is now gearing up for the Faldo Grand Final in China in a few weeks time.
The 17-year-old scratch golfer from Bradley won the girls’ Faldo Series title at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland last September, for which her reward was a place in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.
And that will be hosted by the six-time Major champion over 54 holes at the Faldo Course, Mission Hills Golf Club, Shenzhen, China, in March.
Another part of her prize for winning the title in Ireland was her first professional Tour start as an amateur in October, when she finished in a very respectable 26th place in the Crete Open in Hersonissos.
As well as winning the girls’ title in Ireland, the 2011 Huddersfield Ladies champion finished second overall in the tournament to outright winner Jack Singh-Brar, who will be joining Morris in China, along with Robert Busher, Sophie Keech, who won the girls’ Under 16 section at Lough Erne, and Scotland’s Ewan Scott.
It will be Scott’s second Asia final, having finished runner-up to Masamichi Ito of Japan in 2010.
Morris, who is a student at Greenhead College, is being coached by John Eyre at Woodsome Hall.
The Faldo Series began in 1996, and now there are 40 tournaments taking place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers taking part each year.
Past winners of the Faldo Series include Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.
The Faldo Series Asia alone has featured a record 18 tournaments in 15 countries, including four on mainland China, and others in the Phillipines, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.
The seventh Faldo Series Asia Grand Final is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and the R&A, and it is endorsed by the Asian Tour, the Asia Pacific Golf Federation and the Guanagdon Golf Association.
Mission Hills is the largest golf club in the world, with 12 signature courses designed by world-renowned golfers, and boasts four clubhouses and two five-star hotels.