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Algarve Golf News July 2005

Fri, 1st Jul 2005
The Faro branch of the Portuguese Red Cross organised their inaugural Open Golf Tournament, a sociable Texas Scramble played on the Gramacho course to raise funds for its international 'Protect Children in War' campaign. Supported by the Portuguese President (who is a golfer himself), this tournament raised over 11,000 Euros from entry fees and sundry donations. Ex-Benfica and international footballer Humberto Coelho with current Sporting player Sa Pinto were the main sports personalities taking part. The Candido Oliveira's added to their vast trophy cabinets as their team comprising of three of the family and Fernando Rodrigues scored a remarkable 57 strokes gross - handing in a card revealing a barely credible 14 birdies and an eagle, less a generous 6.25 handicap, i.e. one eighth of their total of 50, to win the 1st prize. During the prize-giving dinner there were some vocal protests by some golfers who doubted the legality of the handicaps of the winning team members.
Fri, 1st Jul 2005
As part of the Portuguese government's 2005/6 campaign to bring more professional tournaments to the country, the latest confirmation received is the return of the 'PGA European Seniors Tour Qualifying School' to the Algarve on the 17th to the 24th of November. As in recent years the 72-hole final is being played at the Vale de Pinta course near Carvoeiro, but this year the two pre-qualifying rounds will be first played at Pinheiros Altos and Gramacho. Bob Boyd from the USA, last year's runaway winner by 7 strokes, will return to the European Seniors Tour only after completing his 50th birthday on 29th July. One of the Tour events is the 'Portuguese Algarve Seniors Open' being played from 7th to the 9th October at the praised Quinta da Ria course near Tavira.

Golf Course News July 2005

Alto Golf
Fri, 1st Jul 2005
The 'Norman Collisson Foundation Cup' organised by Alto Golf is played annually played by teams of 8 golfers in two flights of four, on an aggregate Texas Scramble format based on one-eighth of the total handicap of each flight. The Lagos Golf Society team won the cup with 117.8 strokes net, followed by the Alto 'B' Team (119.4) and the Carvoeiro Team with (122.8).
Gramacho
Fri, 1st Jul 2005
The important golf event of the month was the 'Portuguese Ladies Open', part of the Ladies European Tour and played over 54 holes again on the Gramacho course. The original sponsor of this event that offered the prize money of 300,000 Euros did not reach an agreement with the authorities, but happily in April an eleventh hour replacement backer was found. With the short time then still available and together with the on-going drought in the Algarve, it was difficult to put the course into the perfect playing condition required. Considering this factor and the unusual prevailing strong winds there were some excellent scores returned. After a 1st round of 5 strokes over par it seemed that Cecilia Ekelundh from Sweden would not retain the title after her maiden tournament win last year at Aroeira near Lisbon. However, she rallied with rounds of 66 and 67 winning by 3 strokes from Ludivine Kreutz of France. Aussie Cherie Byrnes and another French player Gwladys Nocera were placed a stroke further behind in equal 3rd position.

Golfers in the News July 2005

Fri, 1st Jul 2005
Miguel Angel Jimenez - (Spain) The Celtic Manor Wales Open Celtic Manor - City of Newport - Wales - 2nd to 5th June, 2005 Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez gained a comfortable four stroke lead over his nearest rivals Martin Erlandsson and Jose Manuel Lara in the Wales Open on the European Tour.
Fri, 1st Jul 2005
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano - (Spain) The KLM Open Hilversumsche - Hilversum - The Netherlands - 9th to 12th June, 2005 With a two stroke lead Spanish golfer Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the KLM Open on the European Tour in Hilversum. His nearest rival was Gary Emerson from England.
Fri, 1st Jul 2005
Joakim Backstrom - (Sweden) Aa St Omer Open Aa St Omer - France - 16th to 19th June, 2005 Swedish golfer Joakim Backstrom beat Englishman Paul Dywer in a playoff on the European Tour in France. Following only one stroke further back were James Heath, Steven Jeppesen and Michael Jonson.
Fri, 1st Jul 2005
Michael Campbell - (New Zealand) U.S. Open Championship Pinehurst No.2 - North Carolina - USA - 16th to 19th June, 2005 Michael Campbell from New Zealand captured the US Open Championship in North Carolina from Tiger Woods with his two strokes less at the end of the fourth round. Three golfers followed at a further three strokes back, Tim Clark, Sergio Garcia and Mark Hensby.
Fri, 1st Jul 2005
Jean-Francois Remesy - (France) Open de France Le Golf National - Paris - France - 23rd to 26th June, 2005 It became a playoff between two Frenchmen on the fourth day at the Open de France on the European Tour. Jean-Francois Remesy defeated his fellow countryman Jean van der Velde in a tight battle to gain the victory.
Fri, 1st Jul 2005
Kenneth Ferrie - (England) Smurfit European Open The K Club - Straffan - Co. Kildare - Ireland - 30th to 3rd July, 2005 English golfer Kenneth Ferrie ended two stokes less than his nearest rivals Colin Montgomerie and Graeme Storm in Ireland on the European Tour.

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