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Algarve Golf News March 2004

Mon, 1st Mar 2004
Frenchman Julien Foret was the winner of the men's Amateur, beating Tiago Cruz from Estoril GC by 3 and 2. Strangely enough both finalists had tied for 22nd place in the 36-hole qualifying event for the match-play stage seedings, and it was the first time Julien Foret had competed outside France. Tiago Cruz eliminated several higher ranking golfers on his way to the final in which he lost his previous form in his attempt to bring off a triumph for the host country. Taking the opportunity of the presence in the Algarve of the leading Portuguese amateurs, the Irish amateur squad, which was training locally at the time of the above championships, played a friendly match against the Portuguese at Vila Sol which ended in a 4-4 draw. Leading amateur, Hugo Santos of Vilamoura GC, has been selected to play for Europe in the 4th Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy against the Asia & Pacific team. It takes place on 21st to 23rd April at Circolo del Golf Roma Acquasanta.

Golf Course News March 2004

Boavista
Mon, 1st Mar 2004
Boavista Golf, the new course just west of Lagos, recently hired Paul Tipper teaching pro. Paul is no stranger to the Algarve, having worked at Carvoeiro Golf and Pine Cliffs in the 1990s. Fluent in English, Portuguese and German, he has also given golf tuition at the Biblis Golf Club.

Golfers in the News March 2004

Mon, 1st Mar 2004
Ernie Els - (South Africa) Heineken Classic Royal Melbourne - Victoria - Australia - 5th to 8th February 2004 Ernie Els shot a final-round 74 as he claimed his third consecutive Heineken Classic title at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Victoria. Ernie Els improved his ranking average to 9.12 remaining in the World No.3 position. The South-African became only the fifth player in European Tour history to win an event three years in a row – following Ian Woosnam (Monte Carlo Open 1990-92), Nick Faldo (Irish Open 1991-93), Colin Montgomerie (Volvo PGA Championship 1998-2000) and Tiger Woods (WGC-NEC Invitational 1999-2001).
Mon, 1st Mar 2004
Brian Davis - (England) ANZ Championship Horizons - Port Stevens - Australia - 12th to 15th February, 2004 Brian Davis secured his second career European Tour victory when he won the the ANZ Championship at the Horizons Golf Club in New South Wales, Australia. Brian Davis finished the tournament with 44 points in the modified Stableford format and moved up 17 places to No.54 securing for himself an invitation for the his first World Golf Championship event – the 2004 Accenture Match Play Championship. Runner-up Paul Casey improved 4 places to No.27.
Mon, 1st Mar 2004
Thongchai Jaidee - (Thailand) Malaysian Open Saujana - Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia - 19th to 22nd February, 2004 Thongchai Jaidee created a piece of European Tour history as he became the first player from Thailand to win on the European Tour International schedule and the first Thai player ever to break into the Top 100 of the World Golf Ranking. His two stroke victory over Brad Kennedy in the Carlsberg Malaysian Open meant Jaidee improved 37 positions to No.78= and he also overtook Jyoti Randhawa at No.90 to become the second-highest ranked Asian in the world behind KJ Choi at World No.25.
Mon, 1st Mar 2004
Tiger Woods - (USA) WGC - Accenture Match Play La Costa - Carlsbad - California - USA - 25th to 29th February, 2004 In the first World Golf Championship event of the 2004 season, Tiger Woods overcame Davis Love III to successfully defend the Accenture Match Play Championship at the La Costa Resort and Spa in California. This win was Tiger Woods' 8th World Golf Championship victory in 14 individual events and ensures that his lead at the top of the World Golf Ranking is 4.45. Runner-up Davis Love III moved up one position to No.4 while Ulsterman Darren Clarke won the third place play-off to finish as the top European and remained at No.13.

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