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Portugal Golf News June 2008

Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Portugal's first Golf Show was held in Lisbon during the month and apart from all the demonstrations of the latest golf clubs, accessories and gadgets, there were stands for many current and forthcoming golf complexes such as the Oceanico Amendoeira Resort with its two spectacular courses, the Nick Faldo and the Christy O'Connor, Jr., opening in September. Another is the Bom Sucesso complex near Obidos, on the Costa da Prata, about an hour's drive north of Lisbon.
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Portugal's Pedro Figueiredo continues his successful career as the 16-year-old won the Irish Amateur Championship by a margin of seven strokes. After an opening round of 73 he scored 67, 70 and 68 to end 10 under par, well clear of a trio of players, Ireland's Connor Doran, Scotland's Keir McNicholl and England’s Billy Hemstock.

Golf Course News June 2008

Penina Championship
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Sir Henry Cooper and his merry band of celebrities played alongside other contributing amateurs in their annual visit to the Penina Golf & Resort for the 'Sir Henry Cooper Charity Golf Classic' and that of the late Mike Reid. A total of 23 four-player teams took part in practice rounds as well as the main 54-hole tournament over the Palmares, Boavista and Penina courses. Martin Herdman and his 'Sony Walkman' team put up a brave defense of their title with 247 Stableford points, but ended up six behind the 2008 winners 'Agency One' comprising actor Kevin Whately, Max Morgan, Andy Parry and Hugh Bush. Comedian Paul Thornley's' team, 'Return of the Red Eye' came in 2nd with 250 points, followed by the Penina team (249) captained by actor Nick Burns, and a Bill Goff team led by Graham Bradley, the jockey. The best individual celebrity score over the three rounds was carded by football coach, Brian Kidd, with 112 points, two clear of Nick Burns. Actor J.J. Field scored 109 and actor/comedian Simon Farnaby came in 4th place with a round 100.
Palmares
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
The Solverde Casino and Hotel Group 2008 series of golf tournaments which had started at Oporto Golf Club in April, continued at the Palmares course, near Lagos, on 31st May and 1st June respectively. Palmares Golf also hosts the final golf event on 25th-26th October to be played by the best ten players in two handicap divisions in all tournaments of the series. Amongst the 20 golfers who qualified for the final at Palmares was Frederico Rosa, former Benfica and Portuguese international footballer. Two of the three remaining qualifying tournaments are also being staged in the Algarve – at the Quinta de Cima/Quinta da Ria courses and then the Oceânico Victoria and Oceânico Old Course in June and July
Penina Championship
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
On the 25th, Julio Marcelo won the 2008 Sir Henry Cotton Trophy with 70 strokes net, but only after a tie-break as he bettered Lawrence Harris's score over the back nine holes. Nuno Faustino came in third with a tally of 72 strokes, and the gross prizes went to Jenny Rhodes (75) and Sebastian Crockall (76).
San Lorenzo
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
After an absence of some six years Hotel Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Course has welcomed back the 'Husbands & Wives' Golf Tournament. The Stableford competition at San Lorenzo golf course, over the 6th to 10th May, received a total of 42 players. The winners, Mr and Mrs Peter Samuel, who are members at Hankley Common Golf Club in Surrey, have competed in the Husbands & Wives competition for the first time. Their winning score of 167 Stableford points was achieved over 72 holes and four rounds of the competition.
Quinta de Cima
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
The big golfing occasion in June is the Portuguese Ladies Open, one of the Ladies European Tour events and most of the leading players are coming to take part in this 54-hole tournament from the 13th to 15th at the Quinta de Cima course in eastern Algarve.

International Golf News June 2008

Sun, 1st Jun 2008
The International European Senior Tour Championships for both men and ladies are being held from 19th to 21st June at the Vilamoura Oceanico Old Course (for the men) and Oceanico Pinhal Course (ladies), preceded by a practice day on the 18th. Sergio Garcia from Spain became the first European winner of THE PLAYERS Championship since Sandy Lyle 21 years earlier when he overcame Paul Goydos at the first extra hole, the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass. The pair tied on 5-under-par totals of 283 after Garcia parred the 72nd hole while Paul Goydos, in the final group, made bogey there. Sergio Garcia jumped 8 places in the World Golf Ranking to 10th while Paul Goydos moved up to Nº 59. Gary Clark won at the DHL Wroclaw Open in Poland on the European Challenge Tour.

Golfers in the News June 2008

Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Peter Lawrie - (Ireland) Open de Espana Real Club de Golf de Sevilla - Seville - Spain - 1st to 4th May, 2008 Peter Lawrie made it a hat-trick of Irish victories in three consecutive weeks on the European Tour after victory at the second extra hole over Ignacio Garrido in the Open de Espana at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla. Lawrie climbed 87 places to Nº 156.
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Hennie Otto - (South Africa) Methorios Capital Italian Open Castello di Tolcinasco - Milan - Italy - 8th to 11th May, 2008 Hennie Otto from South Africa won for the first time on the European Tour as he triumphed in the Methorios Capital Italian Open at Castello di Tolcinasco in Milan. Hennie Otto won by a stroke from Oliver Wilson after a final round of 69. Hennie Otto climbed to Nº 76 with a leap of 78 places.
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Richard Finch - (England) Irish Open Adare Manor - Co. Limerick - Ireland - 15th to 18th May, 2008 Richard Finch from England added a further European Tour victory when he won the Irish Open. He ended two strokes less than his nearest rival Felipe Aguilar from Chile followed by four players, Robert Karlsson, Maarten Lafeber, Gary Murphy and Lee Westwood.
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Miguel Angel Jimenez - (Spain) BMW PGA Championship Wentworth - Virginia Water - Surrey - England - 22nd to 25th May, 2008 Miguel Angel Jimenez won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, the European Tour Flagship tournament, with a birdie on the second extra hole after tying Oliver Wilson on 11-under-par totals of 277 in the regulation 72 holes. Miguel Angel Jimenez, who enjoyed a hole-in-one on the 5th hole, climbed 20 places to Nº 21. Oliver Wilson's compensation for just missing out on a maiden win is a 30 place jump to Nº 45 earning him a World Top 50 place and with it a participation for both the US Open and Open Championship.
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Scott Strange - (Australia) The Celtic Manor Wales Open Celtic Manor - City of Newport - Wales - 29th to 1st June, 2008 Scott Strange from Australia won the Celtic Manor Wales Open on the European Tour, played for the first time over the Twenty Ten Course that will host the Ryder Cup in 2010. He lead from the first day and his final round of 64 was the best of the day along with second placed Robert Karlsson and Francesco Molinari. Scott Strange, and a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, climbed 83 places to Nº 81.

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