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Algarve Golf News June 2004

Tue, 1st Jun 2004
After the 'Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour Portuguese Open' at Aroeira on the Costa Azul (south of Lisbon), 16 of the professionals came south to the Algarve to take part in the 4th Barringtons Club Annual Charity Texas Scramble. A total of 34,000 Euros was raised and donated evenly between ACCA (children in need in the Algarve) and Eyes for Zimbabwe (cataract surgery for people in that country).
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The final event of the 2004 'Europro Tour Championship' will be held in Portugal from 15th to the 17th of October at a course still to be announced. Last year the Palmares was the venue for this championship which determines the final Order of Merit of the year and those players who earn cards to play on the Challenge Tour.

Golf Course News June 2004

Morgado
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The PGF and Ford sponsored the 'National Amateur Championships' for both men and ladies at the Morgado de Reguengo Course north of Portimao during the first week in May. Almost 100 men and 13 ladies in the 1st and 2nd handicap divisions took part, with a 36-hole stroke-play qualifier preceding the deciding match-play knockout phase. In the mens section, Nuno Campino (Paco de Lumiar Club, Lisbon) defeated Tiago Cruz (Morgadinhos, Vila Sol) by 2&1 in the final. Hugo Santos (Vilamoura GC), was the leading qualifier with a 3-under par tally of 141, but lost to Cruz in the semi-final by 3&2. The lady champion was Carla Cruz (Estoril) who beat Carolina Catanho (Santo da Serra, Madeira) by 3&2.
Penina Championship
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
'The Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic', sponsored by Sony, was again a resounding success. After individual competitions at Penina and San Lorenzo courses, plus the first two rounds of the Classic team event played at Boavista and Palmares, the grand finale was played at the host venue of the Penina course designed by Sir Henry Cotton. A total of 22 Celeb/Am teams took part in the Classic. In an exciting climax led by Nigel Mansell by pipping comedian Stan Boardman's team by a mere 2 Stableford points. Nigel Mansell, who is a 1 handicap golfer and his son Leo who plays off 3, openly admitted that they enjoyed some local advantage with Penina staff members Leonel Rio and Joaquim Palma in their team.
Pinheiros Altos
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
At Pinheiros Altos, the team composed of Solheim Cup player Elisabeth Esterl, Ian Cater, Alan Beasley and Doug Moody won with a score of 56 strokes, followed by teams headed by Stefania Croce and Cecilie Lundgreen. The next day at Quinta do Lago, the winning team was Cecilie Lundgreeen with Steve Whittell, Simon Berger and Bob Oliphant (54.4 strokes), with Ludivine Kreutz's team 2nd and Katie Bakken's 3rd.
Quinta de Cima
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The 'Casinos do Algarve & Quinta da Ria Masters', a 54-hole professional event on this year's PGA Europro Tour calendar produced a thrilling decider with the Limerick Pro, Tim Rice, edging out Lee Slattery from Southport at the second play-off hole after tying on 204, or 12 under the Quinta de Cima par. Slattery, who won the year-end Europro Tour Championship at Parque da Floresta in 2001, started the last round in 2nd place on 136, one behind Mark Smith, and with birdies on the 1st four holes, but followed this with 14 pars. Rice, however birdied holes 14, 15 and 16 to force the tie, and eventually take the £12,000 first prize - an early present for his 27th birthday on 3rd June. Slattery took home the £6,000 runner-up cheque, with Mark Smith earning £3,000 for 3rd place on 10 under par. Dutch rookie Inder van Weerelt who had come in equal 6th at the recent East Lothian Masters fell to a 38th finish after a promising opening round of 68. Inder's parents are keen Vilamoura Golf Club members who have dedicated several years co-organising the Junior Golf School.
Penina Championship
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
With six players tying for 1st place on a level par score of 73 net, it was no mean feat to decide the winner at this year's 'Sir Henry Cotton Trophy' at Le Meridien Penina. After the committee's deliberation and careful checking of handicaps and scorecards, Tomas Gouveia was declared the victor of the handsome trophy. The runner-up was D. Moody, followed by Bob Coe, Mark Stilwell and Jorge Oliveira. The men's gross prize went to A. Murphy, and the ladies to Mrs. Watson.
Alto Golf
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The 'Collisson Trophy' is being held at Alto Golf on the 5th of June. This popular Texas Scramble event played by 8-golfer teams, split into two groups of four, is played annually to mark the anniversary of the Alto course.
Gramacho
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The Gramacho course at Carvoeiro, is hosting the Qualifying event for the 'Christel House Open' on 12th June. The 4-ball team Texas Scramble costs 95 Euros per person, including dinner, and there is a chance to win 2 rounds of golf to be played at the World Championship Tournament at the Westin Mission Hills in Palm Springs, California, with Gary Player. This is part of the Christel House children's International Charity 2004 Tournament and similar qualifiers are being played in countries all over the world.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The 'Wolf Valley Charity Competition' is being held at Vale do Lobo on 20th June to raise funds for the Almancil Community Centre and the Sao Joao da Venda primary school. Rugby player Jason Leonard, and footballers Luis Figo and David Beckham have donated autographed items for auction at a fund-raising gala dinner following a golf tournament. Other items autographed by Pros attached to Vale do Lobo, Brian Davis, Jarmo Sandelin and Antonio Sobrinho will also be on sale. There will be tombola prizes and a trick golf demonstration by Steve Walker and a putting competition. Last year a similar event raised about 68,000 Euros for good causes.
Penina Championship
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The Penina Course is once again the venue of the 'Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic' being played this year from 15th to the 22nd of May. As usual a number of celebrities will also be taking part including the racing driver Nigel Mansell.
Victoria
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The spectacular new Victoria Course designed by Arnold Palmer will be opened for play from the 1st of June making it the 5th course at Vilamoura. The course is a potential candidate to become one of the best in Europe. The course is built on slightly undulating terrain not far inland from the beach, and features large greens and several man-made lakes, many interconnected through gentle cascades. The first course tournament will be by invitation and takes place in June is to honour the golf playing President of Portugal. The next will be the 'Audi World Finals' in October and is a local corporate team event. An 'Expresso & BPI Tournament' will held later in December. Arnold Palmer will personally be present in late September for the official inauguration when he will have the opportunity to test his own creation.

International Golf News June 2004

Tue, 1st Jun 2004
Vijay Singh came home in a stunning 29 for a 9-under par 63 in the final round to win the HP Classic of New Orleans. He beat Joe Ogilvie and Phil Mickelson by one stroke. Vijay Singh remained World Nº 2. With tied second place Phil Mickelson moved up one place to Nº 5 and Joe Ogilvie climbed 117 places to Nº 171. Steve Flesch claimed his second title on the PGA Tour beating Chad Campbell by a stroke to win the Bank of America Colonial. Steve Flesch moved to Nº 24, whilst Chad Campbell entered the Top 10 at Nº 9. Stephen Ames finished third and claimed 41st position in the World Ranking and exemption into the 133rd Open Championship.
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
Vijay Singh shot a 4-under par 68 in the final round holding off Scott Hoch for a two-stroke victory in the rain-delayed Shell Houston Open. Vijay Singh remained at Nº 2 and closed the gap on Tiger Woods to 2.58. With the second and third place finishes Scott Hoch and John Huston both return to the Top 50. Australian Brendan Jones won the Tsuruya Open on the Japan Golf Tour and moved into the World Top 100 in 83rd place.

Golfers in the News June 2004

Tue, 1st Jun 2004
Barry Lane - (England) The Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters Forest of Arden - Coventry - England - 6th to 9th May, 2004 The Damovo British Masters was won by Barry Lane who played in his 499th European Tour Tournament. Barry Lane closed with a final round of 66 to take a three stroke victory over Argentinians Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera. Barry Lane became Nº 133, whilst Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera now occupy 60th and 76th positions respectively in the World Ranking.
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
Miguel Angel Jimenez - (Spain) BMW Asian Open Tomson Shanghai Pudong - Shanghai - China - 13th to 16th May, 2004 The European Tour's first official visit to mainland China for the BMW Asian Open, co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, provided as champion Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez who captured his third title of the 2004 season at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club. Miguel Angel Jimenez moved to Nº 35 in the World Ranking and became 2nd in the European Ryder Cup World Points List.
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
Trevor Immelman - (South Africa) Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Golf Club St Leon-Rot - Heidelberg - Germany -20th to 23rd May, 2004 The Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe was won by South African Trevor Immelman by one stroke from Padraig Harrington. Trevor Immelman jumped up 21 places to Nº 32 and Padraig Harrington maintained his place at Nº 8 in the Rankings.
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
Scott Drummond - (Scotland) Volvo PGA Championship Wentworth Club - Virginia Water - Surrey - England - 27th to 30th May, 2004 Scott Drummond won the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth and the European Tour's flagship event. He won with a sensational eight-under-par final round of 64 claiming a two stroke victory over Argentina's Angel Cabrera. Scott Drummond jumped 340 places in the World Ranking to Nº 95.

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