Sir Nick Faldo came to play in the South African Open this week and his enthusiasm and involvement all week gave the tournament a boost and he worked very hard both on the golf course and in the commentary booth. He was excited to announce that his Faldo Junior Series, which is now in its twentieth year, is to expand even further. He and Ernie Els have agreed to join their junior foundations to form a new global junior tournament which will take place January 8-9 2018 at The Els Club Copperleaf. Boys and girls will take part in teams headed up by major champions, competing with other elite international amateurs. Provisionally named the Friendship Cup it will allow youngsters to oexperience new cultures and friendships.
The Faldo Junior Series now reaches a new continent. 40 Faldo Junior Series tournaments take place across 30 countries in Europe, United States, Asia, Australia and South America. I remember going to one of the very first at the London Club when the tour began in the UK 20 years ago and now it is a truly global phenomenon. What a legacy to give to the growth of the game.