Vietnamese golfer top 10 finisher at Faldo Series first round

By Hoang Nguyen, Nhan DatMarch 20, 2019 | 11:48 pm PT
Vietnamese golfer top 10 finisher at Faldo Series first round
Golfer Nguyen Hung Dung takes a swing at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final 2019 in Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Golf News
Nguyen Hung Dung has swung his way to a top 10 first round finish at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.

Dung performed the best out of five young Vietnamese golfers participating in the tournament with a T6 score in the first round.

This year’s Faldo Series Asia is being played at the Laguna Lang Co golf course in Hue, gathering more than 90 golfers across Asia. It ends Friday after the completion of three rounds.

The T represents a player that has played in an official tournament. Golfers with handicaps below 10 are referred to as "single-digit handicappers" and are considered to be the best players (the lower the number, the better the player).

A standard golf course has 18 holes with a total par number of 72 for a round, which means the number of pars in each hole is four.

Par is the predetermined number of swings that a golfer should require to complete a hole. A birdie is when a player scores one swing less than the maximum number of pars for a hole (in this case, three). Opposite a birdie is a bogey, when a golfer takes one swing more than the maximum pars to complete a hole.

To peak at number six, Nguyen Hung Dung scored four birdies and three bogeys in the tournament.

Dung is also the only Vietnamese golfer to compete in three Faldo Series tournaments in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In the 2018 edition, he also had the best performance among Vietnamese players with a score of T34.

The Faldo Series is named after the former world-renowned pro golfer Nick Faldo. Created in 1996, the successful not-for-profit tournament aims to create access to the sport for a younger audience through grassroots initiatives. The tournament expanded to Asia in 2006. At the moment, the Faldo Series has 40 golf tournaments in 30 countries in the world.

Golfers aged 12 – 21 will have the opportunity to play a practice round and three tournament rounds at their chosen venues. 

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