May 15, 2015
7:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Carmel Country Club
4735 Carmel Rd
Charlotte, NC 28226
In 1976, a young Englishman made his first appearance on golf’s professional tour circuit at the age of just 19.
A little over three decades later, following a career that has included over 40 tournament victories, six Major wins and a record 11 Ryder Cup appearances, Nick Faldo is today recognised as the most suc- cessful golfer that Britain has ever produced.
Through the creation of his company Faldo Enterprises, Faldo has also become a prolific success away from the course and is currently more involved with the business of golf than ever before. The list of companies and initiatives already under the Faldo golf umbrella include: his world-renowned golf course design company, Faldo De- sign, currently involved with 35 projects on six continents; the Faldo Series, one of the premiere tournaments for aspiring young golfers in both Europe and Asia; the Faldo Collection of clothing, Nick’s new range of golf apparel; and a number of other projects in which Faldo plays an active role.
Faldo has also been causing a stir on the airwaves, rather than fair- ways, having launched a new career as a television commentator. Faldo’s natural, insightful presence in the commentary booth has resulted in lead analyst positions for two of the principal American broadcasters of PGA Tour golf – CBS and the Golf Channel.
Faldo captained the European Ryder Cup team in 2008.
Ian Baker Finch
Ian won his first Tour event in 1983 at the New Zealand Open, and in doing so qualified for the 1984 British Open at St. Andrews where he surprised the world by leading after the first three rounds.
Multiple victories in Australia, Europe and Japan followed before he joined the PGA TOUR as a rookie in 1989. Ian won the Colonial Invitational that year and The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1991. He also represented Australia many times including at the World Cup in 1985, World Tours Championships 1985-1991, and the Dunhill Cup in 1989 and 1992.
In 1996 Ian served as fellow Australian Peter Thomson’s Co-Captain for the International President’s Cup Team. Gary Player appointed Ian as assistant captain for his International team in South Africa in 2003, in Virginia in 2005 and again in Montreal in 2007. Ian regards those four weeks as some of the most memorable times in his career, representing his country alongside so many of the world’s greats.
After winning 17 titles on all four major tours, Ian retired from full-time competition in 1997. Since then he has worked for Australian television and the US networks, ABC and ESPN as an expert golf analyst. In 2007 he joined the popular CBS golf team on their PGA TOUR coverage, which includes The Masters and US PGA Championship. After more than 15 years in sports television Ian is highly regarded as one of the most popular and successful commentators and is known for his easy going manner and his love for the game of golf.
Ian continues to travel extensively, not only fulfilling his passion to play the world’s top rated golf courses, both classic and modern, but also enhancing his image as an up and coming golf course designer. Baker-Finch Design has been involved in the design of golf courses around the world for the last two decades and he regards the “Desert Course” at Arabian Ranches in Dubai as one of his proudest design achievements.
Along with his course design business and television work, Ian has become one of the more popular corporate presenters, hosting golf days for many leading corporations and charities all over the world. A Life Member of the PGA of Australia, Ian is also a passionate advocate for the continued growth of the game within Australia and abroad and is a former Director of the PGA Tour of Australasia.
He was also recognised by the Australian Government in 2000 as a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal.