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Algarve Golf News December 2004

Wed, 1st Dec 2004
Vila Vita Parc staged two further tournaments in November, a 'Pro-Am' and a 'Sports Heroes' Event. The Pro-Am is from the 7th to 12th at Palmares, Morgado and Alto Golf with prizes for the best individual gross scores (men and ladies) in addition to the gross and net team prizes. In the 'Sports Heroes' tournament, a number of current or former professional footballers, handball and ice hockey players will try to emulate their skills at other sports on the golf course. They will play two rounds each at Palmares and Millennium courses from 14th-18th November.
Wed, 1st Dec 2004
'The TAP Open', an international amateur golf event organised by the TAP Club has been held since 1977. As in recent years, the event is being held in the Algarve and is being played from 7th to 12th November and has attracted 270 golfers of various nationalities. It is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament on 4 courses in the Vilamoura area, Laguna, Millennium, Pinhal and Vila Sol..
Wed, 1st Dec 2004
The 17th 'Grande Trofeu' – Vilamoura, one of the final events on Vilamoura's golf calendar for 2004, is being played from 3rd to the 5th December. This popular event, is now fully booked. A considerable percentage of the players are from Portugal including national and foreign residents. The stroke-play tournament is played over 54 holes on three Vilamoura courses in several different handicap divisions for men and lady golfers, Juniors, etc.
Wed, 1st Dec 2004
November is a nerve-wracking time for senior pro's aspiring to play on the European Tour for the over 50's. Two 36-hole pre-qualifying tournaments for the 2005 Tour are being played at Palmares and Penina on 18th-19th November, with those making the grade going on to play a grueling 72 hole Q-School final over the Vale da Pinta Course near Carvoeiro.

Golf Course News December 2004

Old Course
Wed, 1st Dec 2004
The 'Vila Vita Open' is now a regular feature of the Algarve golf calendar, and is being played on 4th-5th November at the Vilamoura Old Course. Dozens of businessmen, sportsmen, show biz personalities and their wives come to play in the event, relax and have fun. This amateur Open is accompanied by the German professional, Tina Fischer who plays on the LPGA Tour and ex-PGA European Tour player, Daniel Silva. On the first day they each play nine holes alongside threesomes of amateur visitors chosen by draw, and for the second round this privilege is granted to the leading six players after the opening day's play. These contestants therefore have a rare chance to watch the fine-tuned techniques of pro golfers at close range and in a relaxed atmosphere. The week-long excursion includes warm-up rounds over the Palmares, Morgado and Millennium courses.
Victoria
Wed, 1st Dec 2004
Recent exciting news for the Algarve golf world is that an agreement was signed in Vilamoura on 25th October between the International Federation of PGA Tours, the Portuguese Tourist Board and the owners of the Vilamoura golf courses, whereby the Victoria course will host the 'World Golf', in November, 2005. This will be by far the most prestigious golfing event held to date in Portugal, with a prize fund amounting to at least US$4 million. A total of 24 countries, including the hosts, will have two-player teams taking part in this unique tournament - known in its previous times as the 'Canada Cup' – and which was won by Tiger Woods and David Duval in 2000.

International Golf News December 2004

Wed, 1st Dec 2004
WGC - World Cup Real Club de Golf - Seville - Spain - 18th to 21st November, 2004 England took the first place with Spain coming second and Ireland placed third.
Wed, 1st Dec 2004
Retief Goosen won the Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia with a closing round of six-under-par 64. Goosen overtook Phil Mickelson in that week's World Golf Ranking to become Nº 4 while Tiger Woods, who finished in second place, moved past Ernie Els into the Nº 2 position. Yang Yong-Eun won the Asahi-Ryokuken Yomiuri Aso-Iizuka Memorial Open at the Aso-Iizuka Golf Club on the Japan Golf Tour. Yang is now the third highest ranked Korean having climbed 36 places to World Number 112. Tiger Woods won his second tournament of the season with an eight-shot victory in the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Miyazaki, Japan. The former world number one never looked in any danger after building a 10-stroke lead after three rounds. He went on the post a three-under par final round of 67 with a comfortable win over Ryoken Kawagishi, whose final round of 65 placed him second. Tiger Woods stayed at Nº 2 in the Ranking and Kawagishi climbed from Nº 292 to 165. Defending champion Peter Lonard finished strongly and retained the Hillross Australian Open title at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney. Lonard shot a final-round of three-under-par 68 which was enough to give him a one-shot win over Stuart Appleby. Peter climbed back into the World Top 50 and a jump of 20 places to Nº 45. David Smail from New Zealand won the Casio World Open at Ibusuki Golf Club on the Japan Golf Tour finishing one stroke clear of American Hunter Mahan. David Smail took 110th place in the Ranking.

Golfers in the News December 2004

Wed, 1st Dec 2004
Stephen Dodd - (England) Volvo China Open Shanghai Silport - Shanghai - China - 25th to 28th November, 2004 Stephen Dodd picked up his first European Tour victory as he held off the challenge of Thomas Bjorn to win the Volvo China Open. An Asian Tour and European Tour co-sanctioned event, at Shanghai Silport Golf Club in China. Stephen climbed from Nº 229 to Nº 167 in the Ranking.

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