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Portugal Golf News April 2008

Tue, 1st Apr 2008
The first of these is the Ladies Portuguese Open, an official Ladies European Tour event with total prize money of €200,000. It takes place on 13th-15th June at the Quinta da Ria golf resort, the first time this Open is being played in eastern Algarve. Last year, Vale do Lobo hosted the inaugural Nations Cup for amateurs, and it will return to this venue in September. From 16th to 19th October the €3 million Portuguese Masters will again be staged on Vilamoura's Oceanico Victoria course designed by Arnold Palmer and where Steve Webster will defend his title won that he in 2007 on the same course.
Tue, 1st Apr 2008
Not since 1990 has the Portuguese Amateur Championship been won by a national player but extremely promising 16-year-old Pedro Figueiredo, a member of the Quinta do Peru Golf Club located south of Lisbon, and who plays off a plus 3 handicap, became champion this year at the Estela links course in north-west Portugal with a 72-hole tally of 282 strokes (6 under par). Pedro, who came in 3rd at the 2007 Boys Junior Orange Bowl Championship in Florida, was also the best placed Portuguese player – pro or amateur – in the recent Madeira Islands Open, where he tied for 27th place. He has also been invited to play in the Portuguese Open at the Oitavos course near Cascais from 3rd to 6th April. Last year's winner, Spaniard Pablo Martin – who has since turned pro – was the first amateur to win a PGA European Tour event.

Golf Course News April 2008

Santo da Serra Golf
Tue, 1st Apr 2008
Alastair Forsyth - (Scotland) Madeira Islands Open - Portugal Santo da Serra - Madeira - Portugal - 20th to 23rd March, 2008 Alastair Forsyth from Scotland added another victory to his European Tour total with his win in the Madeira Islands. The final round ended in a playoff against Hennie Otto from South Africa. Their nearest rival was Gary Clark from England lying another four stokes behind.
Victoria
Tue, 1st Apr 2008
Recently announced by its sponsors Oceanico Golf, is an official 54-hole European PGA Europro Tour event being played at their Millennium and Victoria courses from 23rd to 25th July. The competitive Tour is designed to develop young pros aspiring to graduate to the Challenge and main PGA European Tours. Several Europro tournaments have been held in the Algarve this decade and the last being two years ago on the Morgado course. This new event will have a new Pro-Am format similar to the main European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, and full details are to be confirmed in due course. However, it is known that 200 professionals will be playing in the tournament.
Penina Championship
Tue, 1st Apr 2008
The Penina Golf & Resort has now re-opened its totally refurbished and expanded driving range and practice facilities, with the addition of five target greens on the 4-hectare area. To improve drainage, the site was built up with a 50-cm. layer of soil and it was entirely re-seeded. Apart from a new irrigation system, the facilities include a new putting-green, chipping-green and practice bunker. Up to 70 players can now practice simultaneously at the Penina range from grassed bays, making it one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

International Golf News April 2008

Tue, 1st Apr 2008
Ian Pyman won the Tusker Kenya Open on the European Challenge Tour with a final round of 68 at Nairobi's Karen Golf Club, for a 12 under par aggregate score of 272 which was enough to hold off the challenge of Austria's Thomas Feyrsinger, who finished three shots back. Ian Pyman improved his ranking by 80 positions by moving up to Nº 22. Graeme McDowell capped an extraordinary final round at the inaugural Ballantine's Championship with a thrilling sudden-death play-off victory on the third extra hole over Jeev Milkha Singh at the Pinx Golf Club. After both players had posted 24-under-par 264 totals they returned to the 18th tee three times before Graeme McDowell produced a sublime seven iron from 179 yards to within a foot of the hole to set up a title clinching birdie. Graeme McDowell climbed to Nº 59 with an improvement of 35 places. Jeev Milka Singh jumped 11 places to Nº 79.

Golfers in the News April 2008

Tue, 1st Apr 2008
Arjun Atwal - (India) Maybank Malaysian Open Kota Permai - Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia - 6th to 9th March, 2009 Arjun Atwal, defeated defending champion Peter Hedlbom of Sweden in a sudden death play-off at the Maybank Malaysian Open at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club. The pair finished on 18 under par 270 after Arjun Atwal surged through the field with a superb eight under par 64 to Peter Hedblom's 71. A par on the second play-off hole secured the title for Arjun Atwal and he jumped 140 places to Nº 203. Peter Hedblom improved his ranking by 29 places and moved to Nº 85. One stroke behind were Simon Dyson from England and Kane Webber from Australia.
Tue, 1st Apr 2008
Graeme McDowell - (Northern Ireland) Ballantine's Championship Pinx - Jeju Island - South Korea - 13th to 16th March, 2008 Graeme McDowell capped an extraordinary final round at the inaugural Ballantine's Championship with a thrilling sudden-death play-off victory on the third extra hole over Jeev Milkha Singh at the Pinx Golf Club. After both players had posted 24-under-par 264 totals they returned to the 18th tee three times before Graeme McDowell produced a sublime seven iron from 179 yards to within a foot of the hole to set up a title clinching birdie. Graeme McDowell climbed to Nº 59 with an improvement of 35 places. Jeev Milka Singh moved up 11 places to Nº 79.
Tue, 1st Apr 2008
Geoff Ogilvy - (Australia) WGC - CA Championship Doral - Florida - USA - 20th to 23rd March, 2008 Winning the WGC Championship gave Geoff Ogilvy another victory on the European Tour. With a one stroke lead he beat following three players, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, and Vijay Singh.
Tue, 1st Apr 2008
Thomas Levet - (France) Open de Andalucía Aloha - Marbella - Andalucia - Spain - 27th to 30th March, 2008 This win in Spain gave Thomas Levet another victory on the European Tour. It ended in a playoff against Oliver Fisher from England with Lee Westwood lying three stokes back.

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