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Golf Course News March 2006

Palmares
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
During the 29th Almond Blossom Tournament week the weather was ideal for golf apart from a one-hour delay on the second day due to frost, The main winners were: Individual Stableford: Ladies – Kornelia Troyer (31 points); Men – David Minns (38) after a count-back from Terence McManus. Solverde Casinos Trophy: Pairs, Better-ball Stableford – 1st, Barry Milner & William Spearing (41 pts.); 2nd, Jack Walters & Oliver Snushull (39); 3rd, Peter Pihlgren & Christer Cajander (38). Oceanico Developments Trophy: Pairs, Aggregate Stableford – 1st, Jose Custodio & Johannes Zegers (68 ps.); 2nd, Lars Enstrom & Svante Odman (65); 3rd, Candido de Oliveira Sr. & Jr. (65). Palmares Golf Trophy: Individual Medal Play – Overall (Net), David Minns (67 strokes); Gross, Jose Custodio (79); Ladies - Net, Kornelia Troyer (78); Men – 1st H'cap Division, Alan Perry (74 net), and 2nd H'cap Division, C. Pinto Coelho (71 net).
Belas Clube Campo
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
The Portuguese President, Jorge Sampaio, attended the launch of a book on the Algarve World Cup edited by Lusotur Golfes S.A., held at Belas Clube de Campo. This occurred on the same day that the inaugural 'Jorge Sampaio Cup' was played for at this same Lisbon golf course. The amply illustrated book is accompanied by a DVD with excerpts of the World Cup of Golf held last November at the Victoria course in Vilamoura where the Welsh duo of Dredge and Dodds dramatically snatched victory from the Swedish and English teams in the 54-hole weather shortened event. The Belas Course was also the setting for the launch of another book documenting the 'Presidente da Republica Cup', held from 2000 to 2005.
Palmares
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
The well-organized 4-day Divot Tournament took place at the Palmares course with a daily field of about 40 players. Three different competitions were held, the main one being a 36-hole individual Stableford for the Divot Trophy. In the opening Texas Scramble, the team comprising of Janet Kaye, David Minns, Ken Harvey and former Portuguese international footballer Amilcar Fonseca took the top prize. The Better Ball pairs Stableford was won by Sue Dicken and Dennis Martin, whilst the Divot Trophy went to Stuart Buckley who is a recent arrival in the Algarve. Tony Seal and Jeff Hardman followed closely behind.
Penina Championship
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
The next big upcoming attraction golf-wise is the 'Portuguese Open' that returns to Sir Henry Cotton's Championship course at Penina (March 30 to April 2). The winner of this important competition when last held at the Penina was Miguel Angel Jimenez from Spain and nicknamed 'The Mechanic'. Since he now actively plays most of his golf on the USPGA Tour it is unlikely that he will be back to defend his title. The surprise winner last year of the 'Portuguese Open' which was staged on the Oitavos course near Cascais was Paul Broadhurst. He won his title after several players ruined their last round cards on the few closing holes. We anticipate some big names taking part at the Penina this year as the need for Ryder Cup points becomes more pressing.

International Golf News March 2006

Wed, 1st Mar 2006
J.B. Holmes won the FBR Open on the PGA TOUR by a seven stroke margin from the five players taking second place. Holmes, winner of last year's PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament, became World Nº 77 and this was a climb of 387 places. Miguel Carballo won in the same week at the Abierto Movistar de Guatemala on the European Challenge Tour. Johan Axgren won the European Challenge Tour Kai Fieberg Costa Rica Open 2006 and climbed 134 places in the Official World Golf Ranking to 298th. After achieving two second place finishes already in 2006, Rory Sabbatini went one better at the Riviera Country Club as he won the Nissan Open by a stroke from Defending Champion Adam Scott. Sabbatini, who began the year as World Number 71, improved his World Ranking by a further 17 places this week to Nº 16th. Gregory Bourdy won the Sunshine Tour’s Telkom PGA Championship and climbed 69 places in the Official World Golf Ranking to 209th.

Golfers in the News March 2006

Wed, 1st Mar 2006
Tiger Woods - (USA) Dubai Desert Classic Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates - 2nd to 5th February, 2006 Tiger Woods completed a playoff victory for his second successive week as he overcame Ernie Els at the first extra hole of the Dubai Desert Classic. Tiger Woods then headed off Vijay Singh by a margin of 8.6 points on the Ranking while the Nº 5, Ernie Els, closed his gap on Phil Mickelson in 4th place to only 0.1 points.
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
Kevin Stadler - (USA) Johnnie Walker Classic The Vines - Perth - Australia - 9th to 12th February, 2006 Kevin Stadler eagled the 18th hole at The Vines Resort & Country Club for the third straight day when he won the Johnnie Walker Classic by a margin of two strokes from Nick O'Hern from Australia. The win took Kevin Stadler into the World Top 100 into 92nd position with an improvement of 164 places.
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
Charlie Wi - (South Korea) Maybank Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia - 16th to 19th February, 2006 Charlie Wi finished with a round of 63 to earn a one stroke victory from Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand at the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, a co-sanctioned event between the European Tour and Asian Tour. Charlie Wi climbed into the World Top 200 with a 185 position improvement to Nº 194 position.
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
Geoff Ogilvy - (Australia) WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship La Costa - Carlsbad - California - USA - 22nd to 26th February, 2006 Geoff Ogilvy from Australia won his first World Golf Championships event by defeating Davis Love III, 3 and 2 in the 36 hole final. He set a record by playing a total of 129 holes during the tournament, the most by anyone in the eight-year history of the event, which included four consecutive overtime matches at the start of the week.

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