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Golf Course News June 2006

Alamos
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
The Alamos course at Morgado de Reguengo is now in fully playable condition after its completion was seriously hindered firstly by the 2004/5 drought and then some torrential rainfalls last winter. It has several tight fairways, and a number of severely undulating greens that will test the patience of all standards of golfers. One of the first local tournaments to be held on the scenic layout is the 36-hole 'Solverde Algarve Amateur Challenge' is taking place on 1st-2nd June, simultaneously with a local PGA event at the Morgado course on the same complex. On 31st May, the amateurs in this Challenge event played in a one-on-one medal play Pro-Am with members of the Portuguese PGA.
Morgado
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
In mid-May, the Morgado course also hosted the 'Oceanico International Open', a PGA EuroPro tournament with a £75,000 prize fund. Played in beautiful sunny, but somewhat breezy weather - in contrast to the previous wet EuroPro event with gale-force winds on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores archipelago. The title was decided after the 2nd hole of a sudden-death play-off between Adam Frayne (St. Mellion) and Zane Scotland of Woodcote Park, both after finishing on 14-under 205. Aussie Daniel Gaunt almost joined them on that total but scored bogey on the par-4 final hole. After both leaders bogeyed the first play-off hole on the 18th, they returned to the tee but Frayne's 2-putt par was good enough to edge out Scotland who failed to get up and down to keep the contest alive. Local brothers Ricardo and Hugo Santos, graduates of the successful Vilamoura Golf Club junior golf school, came in 9th equal on 8 under par. Ricardo recovered well after a horrendous 9 on the par-5 third to score level par 73 on the opening day, following this with a 67 and 72.
Salgados
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
Salgados was the venue of a competition on the 8th APDC (Portuguese Assn. for Communications Development) calendar on 20th May, organised by Sr. Joao Patricio and his team from the publishers of Clubehouse Magazine. Apart from association members and sponsors the field included guests from the host club, the Architect's and Barmen's golf societies, and the press. Pedro Real scored 40 Stableford points to take the men's net prize, and the ladies was won by Gloria Carr with 33 points. Paul Pingo returned the best gross score of 37 points.
Penina Championship
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
The Penina Championship course staged its annual tournament for the prestigious Sir Henry Cotton Trophy on the final Sunday in May. Local knowledge was obviously the key to winning as club members were well represented in the five leading players. It was the lady captain, Ulla Bischoff, who had her name engraved on the cup by carding a 4-under score of 69. Three strokes behind her were Doug Moody, Pedro Rio and Pim Hirschmann, followed by Peter Hills in 5th place on level-par 73. Prizes for the best ladies and mens gross scores went to Ann Munro (88 strokes) and Steve Juster with a well gained 75.
Penina Championship
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
The 'Sir Henry Cooper and Mike Reid Charity Classic' was a special success for 6-handicapper Sion Tudor-Owen this year. Playing in this Penina based event for the sixth time, the well-known TV and film actor was pleased as punch to win the main 54-hole competition leading his Herald Graphics team to victory with a score of 236 Stableford points. Clive Russell's Regal Bandits were the runner-up team on 233, closely followed by the Sony 3 team headed by Clive Abbot another shot adrift. The event raised a sizable sum for children's charities and was played on Sky Sports TV.
Alto Golf
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
On the 10th of June, the Alto Golf will be holding the annual 'Norman Collisson Trophy Texas Scramble' for teams of eight golfers. This is usually a well-contested tournament where plenty tactics as well as good golf are predominate. The event takes place close to the 15th anniversary of the opening of this course in Alvor.
Vale da Pinta
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
The Qualifying School for 14 places on the 2007 PGA Seniors Tour will be held once again in the Algarve this year. Quinta de Cima and Pinheiros Altos will host the Stage One qualifiers on the 16-17th November, followed by the 72-hole final at the Vale de Pinta course at the Pestana Golf Resort, Carvoeiro on November the 20th-23rd.

International Golf News June 2006

Thu, 1st Jun 2006
Australian Andrew Buckle cruised to victory at the Nationwide Tour's Virginia Beach Open, the win taking him to Nº 80, a jump of 26 places. Brett Wetterich won the EDS Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas by a stroke from Trevor Immelman. Wetterich climbed 132 places to Nº 76. Trevor Immelman's second consecutive second place finish moved him up to Nº 34. Alvaro Salto won at the Parco di Monza Challenge on the European Challenge Tour. Toni Karjalainen won the Telenet Trophy in Belgium on the European Challenge Tour. A relatively unknown French golfer, Adrien Mork, last weekend in his 2nd round of the Challenge Tour event at the Agadir Moroccan Classic created a world record of only 122 strokes in his opening 36-hole total. He scored 12 birdies, an eagle, plus the 'luxury' of a double-bogey 6 on the second hole. The course has a par 71 rating and gives Tiger Woods something to aim for!

Golfers in the News June 2006

Thu, 1st Jun 2006
Francisco Molinari - (Italy) Telecom Italia Open Castello di Tolcinasco - Milan - Italy - 4th to 7th May, 2006 Francesco Molinari won the Telecom Italia Open at Castillo de Tolcinasco G&CC on the European Tour. The Italian secured a four stroke victory over Anders Hansen from Denmark and Jarmo Sandelin from Sweden in his home Open with a final round of 65. Francisco Molinari climbed 98 places in the Ranking to Nº 103.
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
Johan Edfors - (Sweden) Quinn Direct British Masters The Belfry - Sutton Coldfield - England - 11th to 14th May, 2006 Johan Edfors won by one stroke the Quinn Direct British Masters at the De Vere Belfry on the European Tour. With this second win of the year Johan Edfors jumped 114 places to Nº 80. His nearest rivals were Gary Emerson from England, Stephen Gallacher from Scotland and Jarmo Sandelin from Sweden.
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
Thomas Bjorn - (Denmark) Nissan Irish Open Carton House - Maynooth - Co. Kildare - Ireland - 18th to 21st May, 2006 Thomas Bjorn from Denmark won the Nissan Irish Open at Carton House on the European Tour with birdies on the final two holes giving him victory by a stroke over Paul Casey. Following one stroke back was Darren Clarke from England. Thomas Bjorn's win moved him up 3 places in the Ranking to Nº 30.
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
David Howell - (England) BMW Championship Wentworth - Virginia Water - Surrey - England - 25th to 28th May, 2006 David Howell won the BMW Championship known as the Players Flagship at Wentworth Club with four rounds in the 60s over the West Course. David Howell's final round of 69 gave him a five stroke victory over fellow Englishman Simon Khan. david Howell moved up 7 places to Nº 10 and become the 63rd player to hold World Top 10 status in the 20 year history of its Ranking.

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