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Golf Course News July 2008

Victoria
Tue, 1st Jul 2008
Longstanding England and Newcastle United football star, Alan Shearer, was in the Algarve recently for his annual friendly golf challenge. Started a few years ago, Alan and one of his friends both captain their teams in their own Ryder Cup style tournament on the Vilamoura courses – this year they played the Oceanico Victoria course. Alan’s team included Republic of Ireland and Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given, former Newcastle, Everton and Wales midfielder Gary Speed and former England and Liverpool midfielder Terry McDermott. The competing team was from Algarve-based Concept Software Solutions (CSS). The teams enjoyed great conditions and some inspiring play, with CSS winning the event 5 – 3, and now left leading the annual series four to three.
Quinta do Peru
Tue, 1st Jul 2008
This year, Multi Development Corp. held their prestigious invitational team event at the scenic 'Rocky' Roquemore-designed Quinta do Peru course, between Lisbon and Setubal, south of the Tagus, ranked as Portugal's second best course by the Peugeot Golf Guide. PGA Master professional Tony Bennett and family helped to organise the event which was played in a friendly atmosphere – as well as some ideal sunny weather. There were several extra prizes, especially at the par-3 holes, and a novel competition off one of the tees sponsored by Old Links Golf's rep for the Iberian Peninsula, David Sutcliffe. Contestants, using antique hickory shafted clubs, tried to play to a target line straight down the centre of the fairway, and one precision shot actually landed on it!
Quinta de Cima
Tue, 1st Jul 2008
Continuing the trend of the two previous years, the winner of the 2008 Portuguese Ladies Open at the Quinta de Cima course was another French player, Anne-Lise Caudal from Biarritz. This was her first win in her short professional career on the Ladies European Tour - a mere nine days shy of her 24th birthday. After establishing a sensational ladies course record of 64 (9 under par) in the first of the three rounds, she never relinquished her lead, although she finally closed the deal by scoring 203 (16 under par), only a single stroke less than her compatriot and good friend, Gwladys Nocera, and Georgina Simpson from England. Anne-Lise, who was runner-up in the 2006 Portuguese Amateur Championship, took home a €30,000 cheque along with the Trophy.

International Golf News July 2008

Tue, 1st Jul 2008
Andrew McArthur at the Reale Challenge de Espana on the European Challenge Tour. Other winners were David Horsey at the Telenet Trophy on the European Challenge Tour and Adam Speirs at the Greater Vancouver Charity Classic on the Canadian Tour. Taco Remkes at the Scottish Challenge on the European Challenge Tour and Dustin Risdon at the ATB Financial Classic on the Canadian Tour.

Golfers in the News July 2008

Tue, 1st Jul 2008
Jeev Milkha Singh - (India) Bank Austria GolfOpen Fontana - Vienna - Austria - 5th to 8th June, 2008 Jeev Milkha Singh from India had a final round of 18 straight pars to win the Bank Austria Golf Open presented by Telekom Austria. His final round of 71 for a three round winning total of 15 under par at the weather affected event was enough to win by a stroke from England's Simon Wakefield. Jeev Milkha Singh climbed 19 places to Nº 71.
Tue, 1st Jul 2008
Tiger Woods - (USA) US Open Championship Torrey Pines - La Jolla - California - USA - 12th to 15th June, 2008 Tiger Woods won his third US Open Championship title and 14th Major in total after an 18 hole play-off plus one sudden death hole beating brave compatriot Rocco Mediate. The pair had completed 72 holes on one par totals, one stroke ahead of Lee Westwood. Tiger Woods celebrates his career 500th week as World Number One, a position he first attained on 15th June 1997. Mediate jumped into the World Top 50 with a 111 place improvement to Nº 47.
Tue, 1st Jul 2008
David Dixon - (England) Saint-Omer Open Aa St Omer - France - 12th to 15th June, 2008 David Dixon from England captured his first European Tour title at the Saint-Omer Open with a flawless round of 66 on an action-packed final day at Aa St Omer Golf Club. The win takes Dixon up to 287th in the World Golf Ranking - up 426 places
Tue, 1st Jul 2008
Martin Kaymer - (Germany) BMW International Open Golfclub München Eichenried - Munich - Germany- 19th to 22nd June, 2008 Martin Kaymer became the first German to win the BMW International Open in its 20 year history after bravely holding off Dane Anders Hansen in a play-off at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried. The 2007 European Tour Rookie of the year climbed 11 places to World Nº 30.
Tue, 1st Jul 2008
Pablo Larrazabal - (Spain) Open de France Alstom Le Golf National - Paris - France - 26th to 29th June, 2008 Pablo Larrazabal from Spain produced a stunning performance at the Open de France Alstom at Le Golf National to hold off the challenge of a host of European Tour champions including former Order of Merit winners Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood. A final round of 4-under-par 67 gave Pablo Larrazabal a four stroke victory over Colin Montgomerie as he moved 343 places to Nº 138.

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