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Golf Course News July 2006

Morgado
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
The 54-hole Portuguese PGA event staged at the Morgado course near Portimao was won convincingly by Antonio Sobrinho sponsered by Vale do Lobo with an aggregate of 14 under par 205, nine strokes clear of Nuno Campino (Paco do Lumiar/Callaway). Sobrinho, second in the national Order of Merit behind Jose Filipe Lima, who presently plays on the European Tour. In the opening round he established a new course record of 64 on the par 73 layout and giving him an unassailable lead. Alfonso Mohedano (Andaluzia PGA), was third, followed by Ricardo Santos (Lusotur Golfes), Sean Hawker (Prosecom) and Christian Wesserlund (Quinta da Ria) tied 4th on 2 under par. The Pro-Am was won by Morgado resident pro, Nelson Cavalheiro, partnered by the course golf director Jorge Papa with a score of 64 after a count-back.
Santo Antonio
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
The Parque da Floresta Resort has already held an enjoyable 'Am-Am' competition and a Texas Scramble over two days to raise funds for worthy causes. They exceeded their forecast of €50,000 by 20% thanks in part to donations with an auction for valuable prizes and celebrity souvenirs. The monies went to an orphanage in Lagos, the local volunteer fire department and a cardiac defibrillator. The Resort are preparing plans for a second golf course designed by Dave Thomas which will be supported by a hotel.
Santo Antonio
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
On 13th-16th July, David Seaman and his many celebrity friends will be taking part in his 'Safe Hands Charity Golf Classic' at Parque da Floresta. Together with 22 amateur teams of three golfers they will take part and contribute to the 'Bobby Moore Fund' for bowel cancer research.
Silves Golf
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
Pestana's new Silves course is taking shape fast and is programmed for opening in a few months time. The par-70 layout in a rural area between the towns of Lagoa and Silves has all the promise of a challenging course. Centuries-old olives and other trees, fast and undulating greens and fairways guarded by tricky bunkers will afford a true test of golfing skill for players of all handicap categories.

International Golf News July 2006

Sat, 1st Jul 2006
Brenden Pappas won at the Rex Hospital Open on the Nationwide Tour and Alvaro Quiros at the Morson International Pro-Am on the European Challenge Tour. Vijay Singh won the Barclays Classic at Westchester Country Club on the PGA Tour with a bogey free final round of 68 and climbed one place to Nº 3 position. Singh won by 2 strokes from Adam Scott whose eagle on the last hole for second place alone was enough to take him to World Nº 6 with an improvement of 2 places. Ben Curtis won the Booz Allen Classic at the TPC at Avenel by 5 strokes from Padraig Harrington, Billy Andrade, Nick O'Hern and Steve Stricker as the tournament ran over to Tuesday morning due to inclement weather. The Open Champion of 2003 climbed back up 101 places to Nº 104. Other winners were Jason Dufner at the LaSalle Bank Open on the Nationwide Tour, Chawalit Plaphol at the Bangkok Airways Open on the Asian Tour and Marcus Higley at the Thomas Bjorn Open on the European Challenge Tour. Francisco Cea won at the Credit Suisse Challenge on the European Challenge Tour.

Golfers in the News July 2006

Sat, 1st Jul 2006
Robert Karlsson - (Sweden) The Celtic Manor Wales Open Celtic Manor - City of Newport - Wales - 1st to 4th June, 2006 Robert Karlsson from from Sweden won the Celtic Manor Wales Open by 3 strokes from Paul Broadhurst. Robert Karlsson's sixth European Tour win in nearly four years meant he climbed 61 places to Nº 94.
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
Markus Brier - (Austria) BA-CA Austria Open Fontana - Vienna - Austria - 8th to 11th June, 2006 Markus Brier, who had previously won twice on the European Challenge Tour in his home country of Austria, secured his first European Tour win and by any Austrian player at the BA CA Golf Open Presented by Telekom Austria. Markus Brier won by 3 strokes from Soren Hansen and jumped to Nº 193 - an improvement of 163 places.
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
Geoff Ogilvy - (Australia) U.S. Open Championship Winged Foot - New York - USA - 15th to 18th June, 2006 Geoff Ogilvy won the U.S. Open at Winged Foot by a stroke from Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson, with a final round of 72 for a 5 over par total of 285. Geoff Ogilvy, who began 2006 at World Nº 50 has now won a World Golf Championship and a Major Championship in the same year and moved into the Top 10 in the 8th position - an improvement on the week of 9 places.
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
Cesar Monasterio - (Argentina) Aa St Omer Open Aa St Omer - France - 15th to 18th June, 2006 Cesar Monasterio from Argentina won the Aa St Omer Open, a dual ranking tournament between the European Tour and Challenge Tour. The win takes Monasterio to Nº 285 in the Rankings and a rise of 277 places.
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
Paul Casey - (England) Johnnie Walker Championship Gleneagles - Perthshire - Scotland - 22nd to 25th June, 2006 Paul Casey from England won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, a final round of 72 giving him victory by a stroke over Soren Hansen and Andrew Marshall. The win took Casey to 34th place in the Ranking with a rise of 5 places.
Sat, 1st Jul 2006
John Bickerton - (England) Open de France Alstom Le Golf National - Paris - France - 29th to 2nd July, 2006 John Bickerton won the Open de France Alstom at Le Golf National by a stroke from Padraig Harrington. John Bickerton's second European Tour victory within a year saw him climb 100 places to World Nº 89 while Harrington's second consecutive second place moved him up 2 positions to Nº 18.

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