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Algarve Golf News February 2004

Sun, 1st Feb 2004
One of the biggest tournaments in the Algarve is the Vilamoura 'Grande Trofeu' which has now been played for 16 years. It is a 54-hole stroke-play competition over three Vilamoura courses including The Old Course, covering several handicap divisions for both sexes plus a special section for the press. The overall net prize was also decided by a count-back after Joaquim Duque, Dina Ferreira and Antonio Mendonca tied on 222 strokes. The first prize then turned out to be won by Joaquim Duque. Antonio Rosado won the best gross prize with a score of 220, and Valdemar Afonso took the press trophy with 243 net.
Sun, 1st Feb 2004
Vilamoura hosted its well-established 'International Senior Ladies' event, played over all four courses at the resort. There was a total field of 125, with players from 14 European countries, in this series of competitions played in three handicap divisions. In the 0-12.0 handicap division, scratch player Cecilia Mourgue D'Algue from France won the main 36-hole competition with rounds of 76 and 78 at Vilamoura Old Course. Marina Buscaini from Italy was second, 3 strokes behind. Marian Sousa e Melo from Portugal was the 12.1-18.0 handicap division winner scoring 154 net over the Pinhal course, with the best gross going to Joan Lawler from the UK (180 strokes). In the 3rd division (18.1 – 24.0), Graciete Gibbon and Deniza Bronwen were the net and gross prize-winners, with scores of 145 and 182 respectively at the Millennium course. In the better ball event, Spaniards Vicky Pertierra and Reggi Rodriguez took the gross prize with a score of 71 over Pinhal, with the net prize going to Emília Jordao and Carminda Ribeiro (66 strokes). The higher handicap division was played at the Laguna course with the pairing of Carmen Tomas/Graciette Gibbon taking the net prize with 68, and A. Styles & Jean Richardson the gross (86).

Golf Course News February 2004

Penina Championship
Sun, 1st Feb 2004
The 9th 'Henry Cotton International Team Trophy' was held on the Le Meridien Penina Championship course but unfortunately due to heavy rains it was shortened from 36 holes down to 18. Twenty-three 4-player teams took part including two from Ashridge Golf Club, one from Temple and seven from Penina – all clubs where Sir Henry worked as a professional. The Temple Club team won with 77 Stableford points (Alastair Broom/Alan Mann, 34 pts. – better ball - and Stuart Cripps/Keith Adderley, 43). Also on 77 pts, but losing out on the count-back were the Ashworth and Press 2 teams.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Sun, 1st Feb 2004
Vale do Lobo have signed up the PGA European Tour player Brian Davis as a member of their stable of touring professionals for a period of five years. Placed 9th in the 2003 Volvo Order of Merit, Brian had an excellent year with twelve Top 10 finishes. He joins Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin and Antonio Sobrinho (Portugal's leading golf pro) on the team of touring professionals at this well-known Algarve resort. Vale do Lobo also recently granted the use of premises to house the Portuguese Golf Federation's new regional office. The Federation President, Sr. Manuel Agrellos, who attended the opening ceremony, is also the current President of the European Golf Association, and a member of the R&A.

International Golf News February 2004

Sun, 1st Feb 2004
In the Asian PGA Tour & European Tour co-sanctioned Johnnie Walker Classic, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 17-under par 271 to win by two strokes from Jyoti Randhawa and Thomas Bjorn. Miguel Angel Jimenez moved 44 places up to just outside the Top 50 at No.56. Jyoti Randhawa improved to No. 98 and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn moved up 7 positions to No.19. On the Southern African Tour, Darren Fichardt won the R2,000,000 Dimension Data Pro-Am at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City. Darren moved up to No.130 and is now the seventh highest-ranked African after Ernie Els (3), Retief Goosen (7), Phillip Price (15), Trevor Immelman (39), Tim Clark (71) and Rory Sabbatini (75). Vijay Singh completed his first victory of the 2004 season when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California. It is the Fijian's third victory in his last nine PGA Tour events and he moved to the top of the US Money List with $1,966,000 from just four events. The win in California marks his 12th Top-10 finish in a row and as a result the Fijian crossed the elusive 10.00 mark and narrowed the gap at the top of the World Golf Ranking to just 3.08 points - the smallest margin since the new 8-sector World Ranking system was introduced on September 1st 2001. Tiger Woods marked the 235th consecutive week and 306th total week at No.1 and just 25 weeks short of Greg Norman's record of 331 weeks. Australian Craig Parry holed a 6-iron from the middle of the 18th fairway for an incredible first play-off hole eagle and a victory in the Ford Championship at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. The eagle gave Parry his first PGA Tour victory since the 2002 WGC-NEC Invitational and means that he became No.35 on the Ranking.

Golfers in the News February 2004

Sun, 1st Feb 2004
Trevor Immelman - (South Africa) South African Airways Open Erinvale - Cape Town, - South Africa - 15th to 18th January, 2004 South African golfer Trevor Immelman won the South African Open in Cape Town on the European Tour with a three stroke lead over Alastair Forsyth from Scotland and Steve Webster from England.
Sun, 1st Feb 2004
Marcel Siem - (Germany) Dunhill Championship Houghton - Johannesburg - South Africa - 22nd to 25th January, 2004 The Dunhill Championship in Johannesburg ended in a tight playoff between Marcel Siem from Germany and two French golfers, Gregory Havret and Raphael Jacquelin. However, Marcel Siem carried the day and added to his total of European Tour wins.
Sun, 1st Feb 2004
Miguel Angel Jimenez - (Spain) Johnnie Walker Classic Alpine Golf & Sports - Bangkok - Thailand - 29th to 1st February, 2004 With a three stroke lead Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez from Spain claimed a victory on the European Tour in Bangkok. His nearest rivals were Thomas Bjorn from Denmark and Jyoti Randhawa from India.

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