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Algarve Golf News December 2008

Mon, 1st Dec 2008
The 31st TAP Open for amateurs was won by John Coelho from the USA followed by Ettienne van Zyl (South Africa) after a count-back, with John Bernardino (USA) and Luis Sutil (SA) 3rd and 4th respectively. The gross prize went to Nicolas Dincau from Switzerland and the best net score in the Ladies' section was Ursula Maisel from Germany. More than 200 golfers took part in the 72-hole stroke-play event which was played over the Pinhal, Millennium, Laguna and Victoria courses in Vilamoura.

Golf Course News December 2008

Alamos
Mon, 1st Dec 2008
The twelve mixed pairs who qualified from all the regional qualifying events in the UK battled for the '2008 Bader Cup' played over the Alamos course and on the Morgado course near Portimao. In the end it was Tony Stamper, who plays off a 10 handicap and his wife Dawn (26) from Keswick Golf Club in the Lake District who eased to victory with a better-ball tally of 46 Stableford points, three clear of fellow playing competitors Adam Winthrop and Lucy Eaton from Skipton in Yorkshire. The Stampers, who won their regional qualifier at Darlington GC, were unaware that this victory earned them entry into next year's final, and were naturally overjoyed at their successful campaign.
Vila Sol
Mon, 1st Dec 2008
Another tournament with a strong international flavour held in November was the 36-hole Vila Sol Golf Challenge which involved teams from 13 countries in Europe and North America where a total of 50 qualifying events were staged throughout the year. In addition to Vila Sol Resort. The format for the 2-golfer teams, divided into three handicap divisions, was better ball on the first day and foursomes on the second, and then the twelve teams with the best scores went into a deciding sudden death play-off. In 1st place were UK couple Wendy and Jamie Stewart, followed by Felix Hanneman/Tim Beredsen (Germany) and Jonas Aberg/Sven-Goran Davidson (Sweden). Prizes were also awarded for the best scores from the different nations that took part and the Swedes with an average score of 65 Stableford points edged out the Germans (63.92 pts.) with Canada taking third place (61.66 pts).
Vale da Pinta
Mon, 1st Dec 2008
At the 72-hole European Senior Tour Qualifying School finals at the Vale da Pinta course, 52-year-old Jimmy Heggarty from Northern Ireland came back from a seven shot deficit going into the last round to card a 4-under score of 67 and lead the field, thus gaining his full card to play the Tour in 2009. South African Bertus Smit tied the Ulsterman's aggregate score of 277 but the latter earned top honours as Smit post a level par 71 in round four. Alfonso Barrera also escaped with his card, and in fact would have been the outright winner, had he not been penalized two strokes for practicing a putt that he had missed on the third green. While positions seven to fourteen gain cards in Category Nine from the Qualifying School Final, a further 12 players gained playing privileges for 2009 as Allan, Towne and Michael Lord all celebrate their 50th birthdays, and thus gaining eligibility for the Senior Tour, during the course of the 2009 season. The remaining four players to gain full playing privileges were Englishmen Peter Allan and Kevin Spurgeon, Alfonso Barrera from Argentina as well as U.S. pro, Greg Towne who led until scoring an almost disastrous 42 on the last nine holes.

International Golf News December 2008

Mon, 1st Dec 2008
Omega Mission Hills World Cup Mission Hills - Shenzhen - China - 27th to 30th November, 2008 The winners were Sweden.
Mon, 1st Dec 2008
Sergio Garcia achieved his highest World Ranking of second place as he completed his victory at the weather delayed HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. Garcia birdied the 72nd to set a target of 14-under-par which was matched by overnight leader Oliver Wilson. Sergio Garcia birdied the same hole at the second extra hole to deny the Englishman. The last European born player to be ranked second in the world was Colin Montgomerie twelve years ago. Jeev Milkha Singh claimed a thrilling one-stroke victory over Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els at the Barclays Singapore Open on the Asian Tour at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong course. Jeev Milkha Singh went to the last with a one stroke lead and his par was enough for the win as Harrington and Els missed good birdie chances on the 18th. Jeev Milkha Singh jumped into the World Top 50 with a 14 place move to Nº 46.

Golfers in the News December 2008

Mon, 1st Dec 2008
Sergio Garcia - (Spain) HSBC Champions Sheshan International - Shanghai - China - 6th to 9th November, 2008 Sergio Garcia added to his European Tour wins by another in China. However, it did however require a playoff against Oliver Wilson from England. Peter Hanson from Sweden and Geoff Ogilvy from Australia where close behind with one further stroke.
Mon, 1st Dec 2008
Wen-tang Lin - (Chinese Taipei) UBS Hong Kong Open Hong Kong - Fanling - Hong Kong - 20th to 23rd November, 2008 It was a hard fought playoff for Wen-tang Lin to gain this win on the European Tour. He succeeded in beating Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland and Francisco Molinari from Italy.
Mon, 1st Dec 2008
Rodney Pambling - (Australia) Sportsbet Australian Masters Huntingdale - Melbourne - Australia - 27th to 30th November, 2008 Rod Pambling edged out Marcus Fraser at the third play-off hole to claim the Sportsbet Australian Masters title at Royal Melbourne after the two Australians finished on 12-under-par. Fraser had carded a fabulous final round seven-under-par 65 to join Pambling. Joint overnight leader Robert Allenby, a two-time Australian Masters champion, finished third. Rodney Pambling climbs 12 places to World Nº 59, while Fraser jumped 101 spots to Nº 231.

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