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Golf Course News July 2007

Vila Sol
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The 'Mackenzie Sir Bobby Robson Golf Classic 2007' held on the Vila Sol Course at Vilamoura, on the 2nd June was a another yearly success. The event raised about €60,000 for the Aboim Ascencao, an emergency home for infants in Faro. Numerous famous football players and celebrities from the UK, Ireland and Portugal took part in the friendly but competitive team event. An auction was held during the Gala Dinner for many items of football memorabilia. The winning team of Guy Lissimore, Kamran Aziz, Geoff Newton and Andy Townsend amassed 89 Stableford points, edging out the 'Alamo Avengers – 88' (Adam Masterson, Kevin Hall, Gerry McDermott, and Nigel Spackman) by a single point.
Gramacho
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The 'Algarve Ladies Open', an official Ladies European Tour event, took place on the par-72 Gramacho Course near Carvoeiro. After the first two of the three scheduled rounds, the cut was set at 5 over par. A total of 70 players passed the cut, and leading the field going into the 3rd and final round were four players tied on 7 under par: Jade Schaeffer and Sophie Giquel from France, Australian Joanne Mills, and Louise Stahle from Sweden. The scene was set for a close finish but by the fourteenth hole it came down to a duel between Sophie Giquel and Louis Stahle, with the latter leading until she bogeyed the tricky par-four 16th after failing to get down in two from a green-side bunker. The Frenchwoman parred the hole and then sank a lengthy downhill putt for birdie on the next green to lead by a single stroke. On the decisive par-5 last hole, most of the pressure was on the Swede to try and force a playoff, but she hit her second shot into a deep bunker in front of the green. Sophie Giquel confidently struck her long-iron approach to the back fringe and then chipped to about two feet for a birdie and a 10 under par total to win her maiden victory less than four years after turning pro, and just 11 days before her 25th birthday. On the same round, Lisa Hall scored a rare albatross on the 18th, and another Lisa (Sorensen) from Denmark sank her approach to the tricky par-4 uphill fifth hole.
Santo Antonio
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
Many footballers together with several UK entertainment personalities were also very much in evidence at Parque da Floresta where former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman staged his sixth annual 'Safe Hands Charity Classic'. An amazing record amount of over £150,000 was raised at this annual popular event. This time it was played by 23 teams in a two-day competition sponsored by Hertz Portugal, the beneficiaries being the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The winners were John Peavoy, Geoffrey Vickers and Noel Barker (Sportax team), captained by the host, David Seaman. At the closing Gala Dinner, guests bid for auction prizes including a luxury holiday in Barbados, and the chance to join David at an Arsenal football match in their Emirates Stadium with hospitality at the members-only Diamond Club. Guests also participated by paying £35 each to enter a draw for a heart-shaped diamond worth about £8,000. Celebrities taking part included European Championship gold medal winner - Kriss Akabusi, former Arsenal footballers - Martin Keown, Graham Rix, Nigel Winterburn, Ray Parlour, Frank McClintock MBE and legendary goalkeeper and commentator - Bob Wilson, formerly Watford and England - Luther Blissett, ex-Man.U. footballers - Lee Sharpe and Clayton Blackmore, former Wolves' striker - Steve Bull MBE, rugby players - Craig Chalmers and Paul Sampson accompanied by Paul's glamorous partner TV's - Kirsty Gallacher, presenter and regular supporter of the event - Anna Walker, former Eastenders' actor - Craig Fairbrass, The Bill's - Chris Simmons and Karl Collins, singer - Dane Bowers, GMTV presenter and CF patron - Ben Shephard, actor and comedian - Vince Earl, as well as actor, comedian and official 'Safe Hands MC', Bradley Walsh - quite a crowd !!
Monte Rei
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The fabulous North course at the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club has now been opened for pre-view play. It is the first of two intended Jack Nicklaus designed 'signature' courses on this complex located in eastern Algarve, and laid out over attractive rolling countryside in the hinterland. They are situated between the main A22 highway and the mountain range farther north. The official opening, it is now expected to take place in September and next year construction will possibly commence on the second course scheduled for opening in 2009.
Victoria
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The 7th 'Vilamoura Casino Invitational' tournament on July 7th and 8th on the Victoria and Old Courses at Vilamoura.
Vila Sol
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The 3rd 'Vila Sol Golf Junior Open' takes place on the 21st of July with several competitions organised according to age and/or handicap groups.
Alto Golf
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The 'Ernesto de Sousa Cup' was held on the Alto Golf Course near Alvor and was won by Amíliar Fonseca with Pedro Miguel Sousa in second place.
Oporto Golf Club
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
In June the Oporto Course held their famous and popular annual 'Kendall Cup' which was won by Pedro Figueiredo with Antonio Rosado taking second place. The 5º 'Curia Cup' on the course of the same name was won by Elisabete Pinto with Jose Afonso and Manuel Goncalves being only one point behind. The Oporto Club was chosen for the 'El Corte Ingles' Cup and was won by Thomas Perkins with Jose Manuel Cordeiro and Bernardo Graca taking combined second place.
Montebelo Golfe
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The Montbelo Course near Viseu hosted the 10º Anniversary of the 'CG de Centro' and was won by Alvaro Marreco with Maria Carmo in second place.
Golden Eagle
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The 'CG de Advogados' held their Spring Competition on the Golden Eagle Course which was won by Andre Carvalho with Jose Brigham in second place.
Lisbon Sports Club
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
Lisbon Sports Club held their 'Sao Bernardino Cup' which resulted in five equal winners with 37 points, Jose Amorim, Joao Mendonca, Amilicar, Jose Carlos Mascarenhas and Manuel Oliveira. The ladies winner was Isabel Dray.
Golfe do Estoril
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
The Estoril Golf Club held their annual 'Salette de Sousa e Melo Cup' and 'Dr Jose Sousa e Melo Cup'. The former was won by Carla Cruz and Tomas Santos Silva, and the latter won by Tomas Santos Silva.

Golfers in the News July 2007

Sun, 1st Jul 2007
Richard Green - (England) BA-CA Golf Austria Open Fontana - Vienna - Austria - 7th to 10th June, 2007 Australian golfer Richard Green claimed his second European Tour title at the BA-CA Open, presented by Telekom Austria at Fontana Golf Club near Vienna, He overcame Jean-Francois Remesy at the first extra hole play-off. Richard Green made a return to the World Top 50 with a 26 place move to Nº 37.
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
Carl Suneson - (Spain) Open de Sant-Omer Aa St Omer - France - 14th to 17th June, 2007 From Spain golfer Carl Suneson obtained his second victory on the European Tour in France with a three stroke lead over his nearest rivals, Francois Calmels from France, Peter Fowler from Australia, and Marcus Higley from England.
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
Angel Cabrera - (Argentina) US Open Championship Oakmont - Pennsylvania - USA - 14th to 17th June, 2007 The Argentinian golfer Angel Cabrera added another win to his European Tour total with his success at the US Open Championship in Pennsylvania. By his one stroke hard fought narrow victory he beat the USA pair Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods to the title.
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
Niclas Fasth - (Sweden) BMW International Open Golfclub Munchen Eichenried - Munich - Germany - 21st to 24th June, 2007 Niclas Fasth followed his fourth place finish in the US Open with victory at the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried on the European Tour. Niclas Fasth finished two strokes clear of local Bernhard Langer and Jose-Filipe Lima from Portugal. Fasth moved a further 6 places up to Nº 22.
Sun, 1st Jul 2007
Graeme Storm - (England) Open de France Alstom Le Golf National - Paris - France - 28th to 1st July, 2007 Graeme Storm from England overcame an overnight five-stroke deficit to win the Open de France Alstom title by a shot from 54-hole leader, Denmark's golfer Soren Hansen. Graeme Storm shot a closing round of five-under-par 66 for a seven-under-par total of 277 and climbed 82 places to Nº 123rd.

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