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Algarve Golf News July 2003

Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Jorge Papa as the Golf Director of the newly opened Morgado Course on the 1at of February returns to the Algarve after an absence of 11 years. He started his career in the golf world in 1983 at the Quinta do Lago Course near Almancil. In 1992 he joined Portugal’s premier sport organization, João Lagos, to assist in the golf division. Later he was given the additional responsibility for the tennis division and was actively involved in staging two Open Estoril International Championship events. In 1994 he was head-hunted for the then newly opened fashionable Peru Golf Course located just south of Lisbon, firstly as Commercial Director and later as also the Golf Secretary. The Morgado Course is located to the north of Portimao and the present access is from the road to Monchique. Shortly, when the work on the extension of the Lagoa-Lagos motorway is finalized, a closer access form the town of Portimao will be created. This championship course will be joined in the future by another attractive alternative 18-hole course in this approximate 1,000 hectare estate. Work on this second course is anticipated to start later this year. The idea of the owner’s is to create an exclusive and fashionable golfing estate supported by a 200 bedroom 5-Star Hotel (work scheduled to commence in 2003), a quality villa development, and a range of facilities that the size of the property more than adequately allows. In keeping with this approach the initial local Membership of the first course will be limited to a 100 golfers, whilst playing visitors with official handicaps will always be welcome. Jorge has many plans for the future, one of which is to start a golf school for young local boys and girls to encourage them to play or to think in terms of future employment in the golf world. On reception is the team of Magarida and Rebecca whilst Luis Rio handles the future reservations. On the course Edward, Orlando and Joao Ricardo take care of the buggies and Ranger work. Nuno Sepulveda who was trained in the UK is responsible for the greens and the fairways. Nelson Cavalheiro joins the Morgado Course as the resident Pro having originally been for many years at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Carvoeiro.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
The 11th 'Open International Senior Ladies Senior Competition' was held on the 29th to the 31st of January at the Vilamoura Courses. The outright winner was Cristina Marsons from Spain. The second place was taken by Carminda Ribeiro whilst Concecao Alves do Rio came third. The well known player Jarmo Sandelin from Sweden has been contracted to represent the Vale do Lobo Organisation and the Royal and Ocean Courses in international events. This is the second big name connected strongly with the Algarve, the other being Nick Price who waves the flag for the Carvoeiro Pinta and Gramacho Courses.

Golf Course News July 2003

Palmares
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
The 26th annual 'Almond Blossom Championship' commenced on the 26th of January with a full compliment of 156 players. The 'Tivoli Hotel Lagos Trophy' was won by David Hicks in the Mens Stableford, and Christine Stone in the Ladies Stableford. The 'Solverde Casino Pairs Trophy' was won by Peter Philgreen and Sten Odman. The 'Mundo Golfe Pairs Trophy' was won by Antonio Camacho and John Symon.

International Golf News July 2003

Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Ernie Els started the year in the PGA Tour with a record day as he shot 31-under par to win the Mercedes Championships at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. Els moved comfortably past Phil Mickelson into the World No.2 position for the first time since February 4th, 2001. He has won 8 times worldwide in the past 13 months to lead a pack who have an unique opportunity to close the gap at the top of the World Golf Ranking with World No.1, Tiger Woods. Retief Goosen (T-4) and David Toms both jumped past Sergio Garcia to No.4 and No.5 while Vijay Singh returns to World No.7. The impressive Korean Choi Kyoung-Ju moved up 15 places to No.26 while Rocco Mediate improved 12 positions to World No.14. Ernie Els completed a Hawaiian sweep on the PGA Tour when he sunk a 55-foot birdie putt on the first extra playoff hole to win the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Els has accumulated 112 points at that stage and has now cut the gap between himself and Tiger Woods to 6.85 points. Aaron Baddeley finished in the runner-up position and the 21-year old Australian rookie improved 83 places on the World Ranking breaking into the Top 100 at No.85. On the PGA Tour of Australasia, Mahal Pearce won the Holden New Zealand Open at the Auckland Golf Club and the 28-year old from Otago moved up 288 places in the World to No.253. Runner-up Brett Rumford improved 64 spots to World No.267. Vijay Singh moved up 3 positions to World No.4 as he scored a final round of 63 to win the Phoenix Open at the TPC of Scottsdale in Arizona. The Fijian returned to the World No.4 position for the first time since the week of the Loch Lomond Invitational on July 15 2001. Runner-up John Huston moved into the World Top 50 moving from No.68 to No.43. Trevor Immelman won for the second time in three weeks as he ousted Andrew McLardy and Bruce Vaughan to win the Dimension-Data Pro-Am at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa. Trevor Immelman continued his progress towards the World Top 50 as he improved 4 places and moved to World No.53. In the US PGA Tour, Mike Weir moves up 21 places to World No.18 wining the 90-hole Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at La Quinta in California. Runner-up Jay Haas improved 61 places to World No.64 while Chris DiMarco finished T-3 and moved into the Top 10 at No.10. The winners of the first four PGA Tour tournaments in 2003 have an aggregate score of 100 under-par and it is was the first time since 1927 that all four opening events on the PGA Tour have been won by oversees players. At the season-ending event on the Southern Africa Tour, Hennie Otto pipped Trevor Immelman by two strokes to win the Tour Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club. Hennie moved up to World No.172 and became the 8th highest ranked player from Africa while Trevor Immelman reached another personal landmark as he improved 3 places to move into the Top 50 for the first time in his career. Davis Love III collected the 15th PGA Tour victory of his career when he birdied the final hole to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California and move back into the World Top 10 at No.8. Tom Lehman's runner-up finish was his best since the 2001 Sony Open in Hawaii and Tom moved up 21 places in the World Ranking that week to No.39. Mike Weir continues his recent form and improves 3 places by breaking into the World Top 15 at No.15 while Tim Herron moved up 30 places to No.72. After a two-month lay-off, Tiger Woods returned to PGA Tour action and secured a comfortable four-stroke victory in the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, California. This is Woods 35th PGA Tour victory and has been at the summit of the World Golf Ranking for 252 weeks - 183 of them consecutively. Carl Pettersson's runner-up finish means that he moved up from No.121 to just outside today's Accenture Match Play qualification mark at No.67 – an improvement of 54 places. Brad Faxon improved 11 places to No.36 due to his 3rd place finish. The European Challenge Tour moved onto the American Express Los Encinos Open in Mexico where England's James Hepworth claimed his maiden Tour victory placing him at World No. 509. Mike Weir claimed his second victory when he won the Nissan Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, California. Weir improved 6 positions to World No.9 this week and his victory completes a 37-position improvement on the World Ranking for 2003 alone and marks a return to the World Top 10 for the first time since 27th January 2002. Runner-up Charles Howell III also improved 6 places as he moved up to World No.15. Fred Funk and former World No.1 Nick Price both finished T-3 and moved up 9 places to No.25 and 3 places to No.11, respectively. In the United States, Frank Lickliter moves up 40 places and into the Top 100 at No.91 as he edged out Chad Campbell by two strokes to win the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in Arizona. Chad Campbell improved 25 places and is now the new World No.118. In the co-sanctioned Jacob's Creek Open at the Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide, Joe Ogilvie beat Australian Shane Tait by one stroke to claim his third Nationwide tour victory. Joe moved up 199 places to world Nº 318. The Top 20 money winners at the end of the Nationwide Tour season will earn their 2004 PGA Tour cards.

Golfers in the News July 2003

Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Robert-Jan Derksen - (Holland) Dubai Desert Classic Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates - 6th to 9th March, 2003 Robert Jan-Derksen fired a spectacular 7-under-par Sunday 65 to win the challenge of the reigning Open Champion and World No.2 Ernie Els at the Dubai Desert Classic. The 29-year-old Dutchman who graduated from the European Tour qualifying school in November becomes the fifth first-time winner on the 2003 European Tour Schedule and moved temporary to sixth on the Volvo Order of Merit. Derksen, who started that week at No.593 in the world now enjoys a 381-place improvement as he moved to No. 212.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Trevor Immelman - (South Africa) RSA South African Airways Open Erinvale - Cape Town - South Africa - 9th to 12 January, 2003 Trevor Immelman was involved in a playoff against fellow South African Tim Clark in order to win the South African Airways Open on the European Tour. Three strokes back was a pack of five golfers all South Africans, Jean Hugo, Bobby Lincoln, Charl Schwartzel, Tjaart van der Walt and Bradford Vaughan.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Mark Foster - (England) Dunhill Championship Houghton - Johannesburg - South Africa - 16th to 19th January, 2003 In the fourth tournament of the 2003 European Tour International Schedule, Mark Foster survived a 6-way play-off to win the Dunhill Championship at the Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg. Mark moved up 134 places from No. 365 to No. 231. Out of the 5 runners-up, Trevor Immelman continued his superb start to 2003 and advanced to No.57. Anders Hansen improved 7 places to World No.56 and Bradford Vaughan moved 52 places to No.205.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Lian-Wei Zhang - (China) Caltex Masters 2003 Laguna National - Tampines - Singapore - 23rd to 26th January, 2003 Chinese golfer Lian-Wei Zhang won the Caltex Masters 2003 in Singapore by one stroke from South African Ernie Els on the European Tour. One stroke back was Prayad Marksaeng from Thailand.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Ernie Els - (South Africa) Heineken Classic Royal Melbourne - Victoria - Australia - 30th to 2nd February, 2003 South African golfer Ernie Els took the win at the Heineken Classic in Victoria on the European Tour. His one stroke less gave him the victory over Sir Nick Faldo from England and Peter Lonard from Australia.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Paul Casey - (England) ANZ Championship New South Wales - Sydney - Australia - 6th to 9th February, 2003 English golfer Paul Casey beat two Australians, Stuart Appleby and Nick O'Hern to win the ANZ Championship in Sydney in Australia on the European Tour.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Ernie Els - (South Africa) Johnnie Walker Classic Lake Karrinyup - Perth - Australia - 13th to 16th February, 2003 Ernie Els from South Africa held off two Australian golfers, Stephen Leaney and Andre Stolz, with a clear 10 strokes to claim victory at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Arjun Atwal - (Indonesian) Malaysian Open The Mines - Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia - 20th 23rd February, 2003 With a four stroke lead Arjun Atwal from Indonesia claimed the Malaysian Open on the European Tour. Two strokes back his nearest rivals were Retief Goosen from South Africa and Brad Kennedy from Australia.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
Tiger Woods - (USA) WGC - Accenture Match Play La Costa Resort & Spa - Carlsbad - California - USA - 26th to 2nd of March, 2003 Tiger Woods won his sixth World Golf Championships event in Carlsbad in California to claim victory in his first ever match play. He successfully defeated fellow American David Toms by 2 and 1 in the 36 hole final.

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