Portugal Golf News - (2009/05/01)
Algarve Golf News
The annual Divot Trophy went as planned, with John Gibson and Gabriele Göttert
doing an excellent job organising the 3 tournaments as well as the social
functions. Their idea is to make it a fun and friendly week and not purely
competitive. Since work has started on the modifications to the Palmares course,
the competitions were held at the popular Morgado and Álamos courses at the
Morgado de Reguengo complex just north of Portimão. The opening competition was
a Texas Scramble, won by The Brotherhood team comprising Vilamoura GC members
Mike Jenkins, Nick Butterly, Chris Price and Les Gray.
professional footballer and trainer Amilcar Fonseca, partnered with Tony Alves
to win the better-ball pairs competition with 48 Stableford points. In the 2nd
round of the 36-hole individual Stableford, your correspondent had the pleasure
of playing with Tony and witnessed his fantastic hole-in-one on the 188m long
5th hole on the Morgado course. In spite of her load of work organising the
event, Gabriele Göttert, managed to win the individual Stableford competition by
producing a tally of 76 points. Brian Sutton also scored 76 points but lost out
in the count-back but had the consolation of taking the gross prize.
inaugural John Stilwell's Trophy was a great success and attracted a field of
close to a 100 players for the 18-hole individual Stableford tournament played
over the Sir Henry Cotton Championship course at Penina.
British Consul in the Algarve, Dr. José Pearce de Azevedo, OBE, was on hand at
the prize-giving lunch and gave an interesting speech to honour Mr. John
Stilwell for his pioneering spirit in bringing golf to the Algarve in the early
1960s. The Le Méridien Penina Hotel Operations Manager Mathieu de Tonnac and
Golf Manager Leonel Rio presented the prizes with first place going to Sr. Gomes
Mota who scored 41 points. Mota's 21 points on the back nine against 19
separated him from 2nd placed Giuseppe Ghezzo who also scored a total of 41.
John Russell was 3rd, one point back.
Although it had been open on an
experimental basis for several weeks previously the third course at Quinta do
Lago was officially opened in April. Called the Laranjal, which is Portuguese
for an orange grove, it was built on land a few kilometres east of the main
Quinta do Lago estate near the small village of Ludo where orange cultivation is
the dominant land use in the area. In fact many new orange trees were planted
and other existing ones retained to line many of the fairways, together with
avocado trees and natural species such as mature pine-trees. It is pleasantly
laid out, and course designer, Jorge Santana da Silva – who learned his trade
with Robert Trent Jones Sr. – has done a fantastic job in moulding the natural
landscape into a beautiful course.
Strategic placing of water hazards and
judicious bunkering mean that Laranjal is an excellent test of golf without
being overly demanding. A course opening such as this would not have been
complete without a tournament, and sixty players, including golf tour operators,
various local media representatives together with other guests, assembled to
give the new course a good work-out. The scoring was excellent, with Peter
Reischl amassing 42 Stableford points to win the event, followed by Graça Carter
(41 pts.) and Geoff Farmer (40).
secured his maiden US PGA Tour victory at the Shell Houston Open with a play-off
win over JB Holmes. IN difficult windy conditions Holmes scored a final round of
69 to take the Club House lead which Casey matched more than two hours later.
Holmes teed-off first on the first final hole, the par 4 18th, which had played
an average of 5 on the final day. His tee shot found the water and Casey was
able to win with a score of 5. Casey jumped to a career high position of Nº 6 in
the World Ranking which was an improvement of 6 places.
secured his maiden win on The European Tour as he defeated Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
in a play-off to capture the Estoril Open. Hoey holed a six foot par putt on the
third extra hole to defeat the Spaniard. Earlier, the Northern Irish golfer
produced one of the rounds of his life to surge to the top of the leader board
with a 5 under par of 66, and having started the day five shots off the lead in
the 19th position. Hoey climber to Nº 148 with a jump of 125 places.
Angel Cabrera won the 2009 Master Tournament, his second Major Championship
victory, in a sudden death play-off with Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell, having
all tied at 12-under-par at 276. Campbell dropped out when he missed a par putt
of around four feet on the first hole of the play-off. Cabrera made a
seven-footer to take the play-off to a second hole where he triumphed with a par
4 after Perry missed the green and failed to get up and down. Cabrera moved up
51 places to Nº 18, whilst, Perry moved to Nº 6 and Campbell moved into the top
50 at Nº 41.
Jerry Kelly ended a seven year period without a victory when
he captured the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by a single stroke. Kelly offset
bogeys on holes 8th and 10th with birdies on 5th, 11th,and 14th for 1-under-par
in the final round. His score of 274 was one stroke less than Charles
Howell-III, Charlie Wie and Rory Sabbatini. This win moved him up 63 places to
Thongchai Jaidee won the Ballantine's Championship following a
play-off after the tournament ended in a three-way tie. Jaidee shot a 2 under
par round of 70 to move alongside Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and local player
Kang Sung-hoon on four under overall. This forced an extra hole at the par 4
18th. Jaidee hit a glorious second shot to around four feet from the hole and
the birdie was enough to win the event. Jaidee moved up 24 places to World nº 49.