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Algarve Golf News April 2005

Fri, 1st Apr 2005
An exciting new 'Amateur International Golf Week' has been scheduled for 27th June to 1st July by ATV – Vilamoura Promotional Bureau and staged at the Vilamoura Old Course, Laguna, Millennium, Pinhal courses. The main event is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with individual daily prizes and on Wednesday. There is an 18-hole 2-player Team Trophy plus an optional 'Sand Bunker Championship'.
Fri, 1st Apr 2005
In eastern Algarve landscaping of the first of two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus is in progress. These are part of a large property development near Vila Nova de Cacela called Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, and the first course is due to open in about a year's time. The Oceanico Group which has invested in Holiday Resorts in western Algarve is expected to break ground on their new Amendoeira Golf Resort between Silves and Alcantarilha where two 18-hole courses are planned. Construction of both these are scheduled to begin simultaneously and the expected opening date is May, 2007.

Golf Course News April 2005

Silves Golf
Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Earth-moving has commenced on the Sandy Lyle designed layout near Silves owned by Pestana and will be a sister course to the Gramacho and Vale de Pinta courses.
Vila Sol
Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Vila Sol has appointed Peter Lester to be the resident professional at its recently upgraded Golf Academy beside the resort's new 5-star hotel and its 27-hole Donald Steel designed course. Originally from Scunthorpe, Peter turned Pro in 1978 and has worked in several European countries and has taken part in many golf schools and training camps held in the Algarve. The Vila Sol Golf Academy is well equipped and includes swing analysis and recording equipment as well an extensive practice area. Peter Lester has started to develop junior golf for students at local participating schools.
Alamos
Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Golf continues to expand in the Algarve and three new projects have been started. The most advanced is the Alamos course which should be ready toward the end of this year. It will be located alongside the Morgado do Reguengo course but will not have a playing length as long as the latter.

International Golf News April 2005

Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Padraig Harrington began the final round of the Honda Classic in a tie for 21st place but after 13 holes of his final round he had recorded 10 birdies and held a two stroke lead. He eventually returned a 9-under-par 63 for a total of 14 under par which was later equaled by Vijay Singh, who had a final round of 64 with Joe Ogilvie. An up-and-down for par on the second play-off hole secured the title for Padraig Harrington who climbed up to Nº 6 became Europe’s highest ranked player.
Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Any player in the Top 50 of the Week 13 Official World Golf Ranking qualifies for an Invitation to the 2005 Masters Tournament.

Golfers in the News April 2005

Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Ernie Els - (South Africa) Dubai Desert Classic Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates - 3rd to 6th March, 2005 Ernie Els produced a spectacular eagle on the final hole of the Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates to overtake Miguel Angel Jimenez and Stephen Dodd to win by a single stroke. Ernie Els remained third in the world but was only about half an average point behind Vijay Singh and about one point behind the new Nº 1 Tiger Woods.
Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Ernie Els - (South Africa) Qatar Masters Doha -Qatar - 10th to 13th March, 2005 Ernie Els completed back-to-back wins on the European Tour, the first man to do so since Vijay Singh in 2001, with a final round of 65 to take the Qatar Masters Title by a single stroke from Swede Henrik Stenson who closed with 3 birdies in his final 4 holes. Ernie Els remained Nº 3 and Henrik Stenson became Nº 80.
Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Paul Casey - (England) TCL Classic Yalong Bay - Hainan Island - China - 17th to 20th March, 2005 Englishman Paul Casey won the playoff with Paul McGinley from Ireland at the TCL Classic in China on the European Tour. Only one stroke back were placed Thomas Bjorn, Wook-soon Kang and Chawait Plaphol.
Fri, 1st Apr 2005
Thaworn Wiratchant - (Thailand) Indonesia Open Cengkareng - Jakarta - Indonesia - 24th to 27th March, 2005 Thaworn Wiratchant from Thailand won the Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open, co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, by a comfortable margin of 5 strokes. Thaworn Wiratchant climbed to World Nº 137, an improvement of 57 places, and is now the 6th highest ranked Asian Player.

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