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Portugal Golf News June 2005

Wed, 1st Jun 2005
The May edition of respected magazine Golf Digest published a list of the best 100 golf courses throughout the world less those in the USA. Headed by the St. Andrews Old Course, this list included two in courses in the Algarve. The perennial favorite of San Lorenzo was in 38th spot (the best in the Iberian Peninsula) and the Vilamoura Old Course, ranked 84th. The revered Valderrama Course in Spain was rated at a surprisingly 75th place. The magazine also included a ranking of the top 20 courses in Portugal, the first eight of which are located in the Algarve. The new Victoria course in Vilamoura and the venue of the 2005 Algarve World Cup in November was placed in 13th position, but it also appears that the selectors completely bypassed the excellent Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima courses in the Tavira area.

Golf Course News June 2005

Gramacho
Wed, 1st Jun 2005
After several months of negotiation the 'Professional Ladies Open', one of the 'Robi di Kappa' Ladies European Tour (LET) tournaments, is being held at the Gramacho course near Carvoeiro in the Algarve, from 23rd to the 26th of June. Points counting for the next Solheim Cup team will be at stake at this event so a strong contingent of players is expected to take part. The holder of the title is Cecilia Ekelundh from Sweden who won her maiden LET tournament at Aroeira, near Lisbon last year.
Vila Sol
Wed, 1st Jun 2005
The Vila Sol course recently hosted a new 18-hole golf tournament, the 'Vila Sol Spa and Golf Trophy', with many socialites and press representatives from both the Algarve and Lisbon area taking part. The guests stayed at the new 5-star hotel alongside the course and were invited to try out a variety of therapeutic and well-being treatments available at Vila Sol's well equipped Spa. A total of 58 golfers played in the individual Stableford tournament which was won by Elza Honorio who scored 43 points playing off a 35 handicap, followed by Madalena Simoes de Almeida (38 pts.). The gross prize went to 19 handicapper Domingos R. Pinho 27 pts.
Victoria
Wed, 1st Jun 2005
On the 6th May the legendary golfer Arnold Palmer paid his long-awaited return visit to the Victoria course that he and his team designed. After demonstrating his skills on the driving range Palmer played a 9-hole exhibition round on the course delighting the spectators. The timing of this visit coincided with the 6th 'Taca Presidente da Republica' on the Victoria. Around 150 Portuguese and foreign celebrities took part in this annual prestigious event that including the Portuguese President, Sr. Jorge Sampaio. The winning team was Nuno Rebelo de Sousa and Benno van Veggel with 49 points. Placed in second position were Terense Regan and Andrew Higginson with 45 points. The special 'Taca Afonso Patrício Gouveia' which is awarded during the competition was presented to Sabine Wiendenbruch with 43 points.

Golfers in the News June 2005

Wed, 1st Jun 2005
Steve Webster - (England) Telecom Italia Open Castello di Tolcinasco - Milan - Italy - 5th to 8th May, 2005 Steve Webster picked up 5 birdies in his last 10 holes to claim the Telecom Italia Open title by 3 strokes. In his 10th year as a professional this maiden victory on the European Tour has moved Steve Webster into the World Top 150 with a climb up from Nº 228 to Nº 140.
Wed, 1st Jun 2005
Thomas Bjorn - (Denmark) The Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters Forest of Arden - Coventry - England - 12th to 15th May, 2005 Danish golfer Thomas Bjorn fought hard for his victory in Coventry on the European Tour Dunlop Master. He was successful in beating Brain Davis, David Howell and Michael Campbell in a final playoff.
Wed, 1st Jun 2005
Stephen Dodd - (Wales) Nissan Irish Open Carton House - Maynooth - Co. Kildare - Ireland - 19th to 22nd May, 2005 Welshman Stephen Dodd was involved in a playoff with Englishman Davis Howell to win the Irish Open in Maynooth in Ireland. A further two strokes behind was Angel Cabrera and Nick Dougherty.
Wed, 1st Jun 2005
Angel Cabrera - (Argentina) BMW Championship Wentworth - Virginia Water - Surrey - England - 26th to 29th May, 2005 Angel Cabrera from Argentina finished two strokes less of his nearest rival, Paul McGinley of Ireland, to win the BMW Championship at Wentworth on the European Tour.

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