Portugal Golf News - (2008/02/12)
The main opening golf event of 2008 involved the
annual week-long visit by members of the UK Bartenders Guild, hosted by the
Algarve Barmen's Association, a tradition that is now in its 29th year. Four
daily individual Stableford tournaments were staged at the Castro Marim,
Pinheiros Altos, Alto Golf and Salgados courses, with a separate match-play
event between the best visiting players and the locals over the last two days
With the usual home turf advantage, the Algarve team normally have no problems
in overcoming the intrepid visitors, aided by ample servings of local food and
beverages, but last year in 2007 this tactic failed and the UKBG won the crystal
bowl trophy for only their third time. Although the ABA team were favourites to
regain the upper hand this year, the visitors succeeded in defeating them once
more a tightly fought match. After the first day's foursomes ended in a tie, it
came down to result of the last singles match on the course which gave them an
11-10 points victory, to their obvious delight.
Recently played was the inaugural Oceânico Invitation Golf Classic, with golfers
competing for a chance to play at Oceânico’s new Little River Golf & Resort in
the Pinehurst area, North Carolina. A total of 210 players entered the two-day
event at the Victoria Course in Vilamoura, won by Stephen Cooper and Howard
Crawford with a team score of 51 points on the first day. Cyril Murray and Pat
O'Toole were the second day winners with a tally of 47 points. Oceânico are
staging a similar event in October 2008, to be held alongside the Portugal
Masters and the John Aldridge Charity Classic.
Another traditional golfing event in January was the popular Vale do Lobo
Amateur week, now in its 15th year. Individual and team tournaments were held
every date from 28th January to 2nd February at this resort, over the Ocean and
During the same week, the 31st Almond Blossom series of tournaments took place
at Palmares. The almond trees dotted around the course, particularly on the back
nine were out in their full splendour, thanks to a full week of sunshine with
only light breezes. This perfect weather, allied to the fast, true greens and
overall fine condition of the course led to some excellent scoring, especially
the round of 63 net (8 under par) by Roland Wallace to take the overall net
prize on the final day, the Palmares Golf Trophy. Roland had already won the
opening event, an individual Stableford, carding 38 points.
It was also a successful week for Julie McFee whose brother Andy is Tournament
Director of the PGA European Tour. Main results: Individual Stableford – (Men)
1st Roland Wallace; 2nd Alan Perry. (Ladies) 1st Kornelia Troyer. Solverde
Better Ball Stableford – 1st Julie McFee/Christine Tolos; 2nd Cyril
Teasdale/Barry Milner. Aggregate Stableford – 1st Len Ramsbottom/Vanessa
Cocksedge; 2nd C. Tolos/Kornelia Troyer. Palmares Golf Trophy – (Men) 1st net R.
Wallace; 1st gross David Minns; (Ladies) J. McFee.
The scenic Palmares course which overlooks the coastline just east of Lagos, has
been devoid of property development since it opened in 1975. In the near future,
this is due to change into a prime €400 million 200-hectare golf resort with a
5-star hotel and villas, and a new nine golf holes are also being built.
The annual "Dom Pedro Classic" happened with strong international participation
specially from UK and Ireland, was won by José da Silva. The Ladies segment was
won by Gill Snelson.
The first competition of the 2008 FPG was held on the Pinheiros Altos Course and
the Mens category was won by Ricardo Melo Gouveia with José Maria Joía in second
position. The Ladies segment was won Marta Vasconcelos followed by Ana Santos
The finals of the Portuguese Senior's Oder of Merit was held on the Estoril
course with the winners being Joaquim Pinto de Almeida for the Mens, and Anke
Eckardt for the Ladies. The Quinta da Ria Order of Merit 2007 was won by Jorge
Portugal was well represented in the Final of the "Audi Quattro Cup 2007" held
in Mexico. The pairs team of João Fresco and Rui Matos were placed 25th in the
Category A which was no mean feat considering that over 80.000 golfers have
competed throughout the year. This year the winners were Mike Williams and
Edward Greenhalgh from the UK. Meanwhile, in Florida, Pedro Figueiredo and Joana
Silva Pinto qualified to participate in the Final of the "Junior Orange Bowl",
Pedro finished in third place in the Boys category. Joana finished in 31st place
in the Girls category.