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Algarve Golf News August 2007

Wed, 1st Aug 2007
As in the past two years, the 3rd 'Portuguese Red Cross Open' was staged at the Gramacho course, with the Pestana Resort owners waiving the green-fees, and 18 teams of four golfers each took part in this Texas Scramble event. After deducting 10% of the combined exact handicaps from their gross score of 61 strokes, the team comprising Helder Pina, Miguel Veterano, Antonio Gloria and Jose Esteves won with 56.75 net, edging out the well-known Candido de Oliveira family four-some by a mere 0.62 of a stroke.

Portugal Golf News August 2007

Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Howard Chamberlain from England won the title in the annual '2007 Lisbon Golf Coast Festival' sponsored by the Lisbon Tourist Board. This popular event is a combination of golf on local courses and organised social functions and draws players from many European countries. Howard Chamberlain just had the edge over his nearest rival Michael Allendorf from Germany. The team event for the 'Nations Cup' was won by Brian and Glenda Winn from England.
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Tiago Cruz won the 'Mota Engil Classic' which took place on the Amarante Course. He was followed by Antonio Sobrinho and Ricardo Santos, whilst, Monia Bernardo won the Ladies prize followed Claudia Dantas.
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The Portuguese team Landidor consisting of Carlos Tinoco, Joao Vinagre, Artur Ferreira and Joao Navega, were the winners of the 'World Corporate Golf Challenge' which was held at the Sul de La Manga Course in Spain. This team event was hard fought by teams representing many countries from all around the world.

Golf Course News August 2007

Monte Rei
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The 'soft' opening of the magnificent Jack Nicklaus layout at Monte Rei, near Vila Nova de Cacela has taken place. Having personally been at the site during one of Nicklaus's original visits in July, 1990, I was anxious to drive over and see the final masterpiece for myself as reports and photos published are really impressive. A special 'twilight' green-fee, including a shared buggy and complimentary use of the practice facilities, are on offer until the end of this August.
Penha Longa Atlantico
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Through well-known local golf pro, Tony Bennett, who runs teaching centers at Alto Golf (Alvor) and Quinta da Ria (Tavira), the writer received a kind invitation to play in a team event at the testing Penha Longa course, west of Lisbon. Organised by Tony and his wife and son, the tournament was sponsored by the Multi-Development Group which operates in 20 European countries designing, constructing and managing shopping centers. Established In Portugal for 17 years the company has set up many such golf complexes throughout the country.
Victoria
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The 36-hole 7th Vilamoura Casino invitational tournament was staged at the Victoria and Old Courses at the beginning of the month. Getulio Jorge was the winner with Romeu Goncalves in second place. Part of the Solverde annual circuit that culminates will be in September at the Oporto Golf Club. This was the first course in Portugal and one of the first of a handful in continental Europe and in fact, dating back to 1890. The ten leading players qualified for this year's final tournament.
San Lorenzo
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The San Lorenzo Course provided their golf course to hold a charity event organised in aid of the Associacao Oncologica do Algarve for its Casa Flor das Dunas project. A total of 93 players took part and G. Sloan won the men's prize with 40 Stableford points, followed closely by J. Cavell on 39. Two ladies, Janet Kaye and Judy McDowell tied the lead with first place going to the former after a count-back.
Santo Antonio
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
At the end of June, Parque da Floresta Course and sponsor Hertz Portugal held the '6º Safe Hands Charity Golf Classic' which raised more than € 150.000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with a two-day tournament. The event was won by the Sportax Team comprising of John Peavoy, Greoffrey Vickers, Noel Barker, and captained by the events host, David Seaman. The participants included a host of famous names past and present from football, rugby and cricket.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
An amateur team event, the 'Nations Cup Portugal', organised by the Portuguese tourist board and the Portuguese Golf Federation, will be held at Vale do Lobo from 29th August to 2nd September, and a good field of players is expected from several countries.
Salgados
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The Salgados Course near to Albufeira has last month inaugurated their smart new Club House which offers players and their guests many more facilities including a Spa facility.
Golfe do Estoril
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The 'Credit Suisse Estoril Challenge de Portugal' held on the Estoril Course was won by Peter Baker, a former Ryder Cup player. Lying close behind Baker was Welshman Stuart Manley with Jan-Are Larsen from Norway in third place.
Quinta do Peru
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The 1º 'Guialmi Cup' played at Quinta do Peru Course brought together 156 invited players, involving many household brand names, was won by Paulo Spínola followed by Gustavo Salazer and Miguel Mimoso. The Ladies segment was won by Maria Helena Antunes followed by Maria Joao Almeida Fernandes and Fatima Pita.
Golfe do Estoril
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Estoril Golf was the location for the annual 'D'Arcy Orders Trophy'. The event was won by Eva Sanches with Derek MacIvor in second place.
Golfe do Estoril
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The 6º 'Casino Estoril Tournament' on the Estoril Course was won by Nicolas Sturken followed by Joao de Deus.
Montebelo Golfe
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The Montebelo Course at Viseu recently inaugurated their additional nine holes to make 27. This course was also the location for the 'Invitation Becel Tournament' which was won by Jorge Toste followed by Antonio Vieira, whilst, Anabela Pereira won the Ladies prize.
Golden Eagle
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
The Golden Eagle Course was for four days the scene of intense activity as the 'Campeonato Nacional de Jovens' was played. The best young golfers from around the country played at their best to win their varies sections. Under eighteens was won by Bernardo Frere and Marta Vasconcelos. Under sixteens was won by Tiago Rodrigues and Ana Santos Melo. Under fourteens was won by Goncalo Pinto and under twelve's was won by Joao Magalhaes.

Golfers in the News August 2007

Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Colin Montgomerie - (Scotland) Smurfit Kappa European Open The K Club - Straffan Co. - Kildare - Ireland - 5th to 8th July, 2007 Colin Montgomerie picked up his 31st European Tour title when he won the Smurfit Kappa European Open by a stroke from Sweden's Niclas Fasth over the Smurfit Course at the K Club. Colin Montgomerie improved his Ranking by 13 places to Nº 30, while Fasth climbed two places to Nº 20.
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Gregory Harvet - (France) The Barclays Scottish Open Loch Lomond - Glasgow - Scotland - 12th to 15th July, 2007 Gregory Havret of France claimed victory in a play off with Phil Mickelson at The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond Golf Club after the pair had tied at 14-under-par. A sand save for par on the first extra hole was enough for Gregory Havret as Phil Mickelson made bogey after tangling with the bank of Loch Lomond from the tee. The win took Gregory Havret to Nº 115, a leap of 205 positions and earned him a start in this week's Open Championship. Phil Mickelson moved back up one to Nº 2 and Ernie Els, who finished third, climbed up place to one to Nº 4.
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Padraig Harrington - (Ireland) 136th Open Championship Carnoustie - Angus - Scotland - 19th to 22nd July, 2007 Padraig Harrington was the Open Champion after a thrilling climax at Carnoustie where he defeated Sergio Garcia by a stroke in a four-hole playoff after the pair had finished tied on 7 under par. In third place and just a stroke behind was Argentina's Andres Romero. Padraig Harrington moved to Nº 6 and equaling his highest ever Ranking. Sergio Garcia returned into the Top 10 as Nº 8 and Andres Romero climbed to Nº 51.
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Andres Romero - (Argentina) The Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe Gut Kaden - Hamburg - Germany - 26th to 29th July, 2007 Andres Romero won the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe at Gut Kaden in Hamburg, Germany, with a final round of 70 for a three stroke victory over Soren Hansen and Oliver Wilson. Andres Romero climbed to Nº 29 and to 13th in the standings for the International Team in the Presidents Cup.
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
Bradley Dredge - (Wales) Omega European Masters Crans-sur-Sierre - Crans Montana - Switzerland - 7th to 10th October, 2006 With a two stroke lead Bradley Dredge from Wales scored another win on the European Tour. His nearest rivals was Francisco Molinari from Italy, and Marcel Siem from Germany.

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