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Algarve Golf News March 2007

Thu, 1st Mar 2007
Another change in ownership of Algarve golf courses occurred previously when some weeks ago the CS Group (owners of the 5-Star Sao Rafael Hotel in Albufeira), purchased the Morgado and Alamos courses near Portimao including the property development assets of the Herdade do Morgado de Reguengo from the Tivoli Hotel Group.

Portugal Golf News March 2007

Thu, 1st Mar 2007
The dominating item of golf news of recent days has been the purchase of all five Vilamoura courses by Oceanico Golf Group. After 12 years of tenure by Andre Jordan Group of Lusotur Golfes, S.A., during which time the Millennium and Victoria courses were built and the other three (Pinhal, Laguna and Vilamoura Old Course) upgraded, this well-established golf destination now looks forward to an even brighter future. A 25-minute drive west along from Faro is the site where Oceanico are building their two golf courses and residential complexes, the 'Amendoeira Resort'. The two challenging 18-hole courses designed respectively by Christy O'Connor Jr. and Nick Faldo, are both due for opening in 2008. After 12 years of tenure by Andre Jordan Group of Lusotur Golfes, S.A., during which time the Millennium and Victoria courses were built and the other three (Pinhal, Laguna and Vilamoura Old Course) upgraded, this well-established golf destination now looks forward to an even brighter future. The two challenging 18-hole courses at Alcantarilha and designed respectively by Christy O'The management of the seven Oceanico courses in the Algarve has been entrusted to Troon Golf of Scottsdale, Arizona, the same company that already manages Oceanico two courses on Sao Miguel island in the Azores. This acquisition was made a year ago in partnership with the Portuguese company, Siram. Oceanico are also developing the Royal Obidos Golf Resort on the Costa de Prata (Silver Coast) about an hour's drive north of Lisbon. Oceanico will now own ten courses and have therefore become the largest owners of golf facilities in the country, and the major players in Europe Connor Jr. and Nick Faldo, whom are both due for the opening in 2008. An agreement has been signed to take to bring the charismatic 38-year-old Darren Clarke on board as their touring Pro.

Golf Course News March 2007

Quinta da Ria
Thu, 1st Mar 2007
The 77th 'Portuguese Open Amateur Championships' for both men and ladies were held at the Quinta de Cima and the Quinta da Ria courses near Tavira. There were 96 contestants in the men's event and 36 in the ladies', and after two qualifying stroke-play rounds those with the leading scores played match-play for the Championships. Inigo Urquizo, a 24-year-old law graduate from San Sebastian in Spain, became the 2007 champion by defeating Frenchman Anthony Pailler 3&2 in the 36-hole final. The English golfer Holly Aitchison (who is 19), became the lady Amateur Champion after beating Nicola Roessler from Germany by the same margin. Joao Carlota, a 16-year-old Vilamoura junior, lost to Urquizo in the semi-final, the same stage at which Ana Melo, aged only 15, from Terceira GC in the Azores lost 1 down to the eventual winner.

International Golf News March 2007

Thu, 1st Mar 2007
Phil Mickelson shot a 6-under par 66 to tie the tournament record at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, winning by five shots from Kevin Sutherland for the 30th victory of his PGA TOUR career. Playing for a fourth straight week after a long layoff Mickelson's third win, this event moved him up 2 places to Nº 4. Richard Sterne won the Vodacom Championship on the Sunshine Tour at the second hole of a sudden death playoff from Louis Oosthuizen at Pretoria Country Club after the pair had been locked on 14-under par 274 after 72 holes of regulation play. Richard Sterne moved to Nº 155, an improvement of 57 places. Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson survived a thrilling fight with Argentina's Emilio Dominguez to complete an impressive wire-to-wire victory at the Abierto Telefonica de Guatemala. The 31-year old champion carded a final day of 68 on his way to a 72-hole record of 23 under par 265. This win took him to World Nº 413.

Golfers in the News March 2007

Thu, 1st Mar 2007
Henrik Stenson - (Sweden) Dubai Desert Classic Emirates - Dubai - United Arab Emirates - 1st to 4th February, 2007 Henrik Stenson birdied the 18th hole for a one stroke victory at the Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club ahead of World Nº 4 Ernie Els who was second, and World Nº 1 Tiger Woods who was tied for third with Niclas Fasth. Stenson climbed 4 places to Nº 10 and becomes the 65th player to have reached Top 10 status since the World Ranking began just under 21 years ago.
Thu, 1st Mar 2007
Peter Hedblom - (Sweden) Maybank Malaysian Open Saujana - Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia - 8th to 11th February, 2007 Peter Hedblom picked up his first European Tour win for eleven years as birdies on the 16th and 17th helped him to a one stroke win over Jean-Francois Lucquin at the Maybank Malaysian Open. The win takes Peter Hedblom to Nº 147, a leap of 138 places.
Thu, 1st Mar 2007
Mikko Ilonen - (Finland) Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open Damai Indah - Jakarta - Indonesia -15th to 18th February, 2007 Mikko Ilonen edged out Frankie Minoza of the Philippines, Shiv Kapur of India and Andrew Tampion of Australia to win the Indonesia Open by one stroke at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club in Jakarta. This first European Tour win ever by a Finn moves Mikko Ilonen to Nº 182, and a jump of 139 places.
Thu, 1st Mar 2007
Henrik Stenson - (Sweden) WGC - Accenture Match Play The Gallery - Dove Mountain - Tucson - Arizona - USA - 21st to 25th February, 2007 Henrik Stenson became the first Swede, and only the second European, to win a World Golf Championships event as he defeated the defending champion Geoff Ogilvy in the final of the WGC - Accenture Match Play at the Gallery Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona. He reached the highest World Ranking ever for a Swedish player as he moved 3 places to Nº 5, and bettering the 7th position achieved by Swedish Jesper Parnevik in May of 2000.

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