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Algarve Golf News May 2006

Mon, 1st May 2006
It was recently reported by the local tourist and golf authorities that March was an all-time record month for the number of golf rounds played on Algarve courses. The tally came to 126,597 rounds, an 8.3% increase over the equivalent month last year. Vilamoura courses alone registered an increase of 21.7% for March, and even more (25.9%) for the first fortnight in April. This is mainly due to the strong marketing and also as a consequence of having staged the 'World Cup Championship' at the Victoria Course last November.

Golf Course News May 2006

Victoria
Mon, 1st May 2006
After the 'Ladies Portuguese Open' at Oitavos, Cascais, a Ladies European Tour event, several of the players will once again visit the Algarve to take part in the ACCA Pro-Am on Sunday 25th June, being played for the 6th time. This year it is being staged at the Victoria Course in Vilamoura. ACCA is a locally registered charity for 'children in need', and is open for amateurs of either gender.
Millennium
Mon, 1st May 2006
In mid-April, the Junior Algarve versus Andalucia match was held on successive days on a home-and-away basis. The format for the 10-player mixed boy and girl teams was match-play with two foursomes and six singles matches, and after the first day at the Vilamoura Millennium course the scores were level on 4 – 4. It seemed that home course advantage would lead to victory for the Spanish youngsters at Isla Canela which is a course in Spain. Incredibly the second days play ended in another tie and the teams were locked on 8 points each. The match was therefore decided by a sudden-death play-off and Joao Carlota for the Algarve team - which incidentally comprised of only juniors from Vilamoura - beat Oliver Ruiz at the first hole.
Victoria
Mon, 1st May 2006
Later in the April another international match between local and Spanish players the visiting players were more successful. During last year’s 'World Cup Championship' at the Victoria Course, when director Antonio Henriques da Silva was chatting with some media representatives from Spain, he suggested a match between them and their Portuguese counterparts. This led to a match for the 'Portunol Cup'. In the two-day match on Vilamoura's Millennium and Victoria courses and the visitors snatched victory by 27 Stableford points (639 to 612) with the best ten scores on each side counting towards the result.
Vila Sol
Mon, 1st May 2006
Vila Sol is holding an international Golf Challenge involving a total of 68 qualifying rounds at selected courses in 15 countries in both Europe and North America. The event has the backing of the Tourist Board and other tourist orientated associations and the sponsorship of several private companies. The qualifying competitions started in March and will end in October and the finals will be held on 18th and 19th of November on both the Vila Sol and Victoria courses in Vilamoura.
Penina Championship
Mon, 1st May 2006
From 14th to 19th May, the Penina is hosting the 8th 'Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic' with many sports and entertainment celebrities who play alongside teams of three amateur golfers to raise funds for good causes. The famous celebrates coming this year are: Sir Henry Cooper, Mike Reid, Clive Abbot, Michael Greco, Willie Thorne, Tim Healy, Sion Tudor Owen, Gareth Hunt, Dave Jessup, Dennis Waterman, Kenny Lynch, Berni Flint, Johnny Briggs, PH Moriarty, John Dymond, Stan Boardman, Robert Pugh and Allan Wells. Apart from playing twice on the Penina course, the participants will also have competition rounds at Boavista, San Lorenzo and Palmares. On Sunday the 28th, Penina will also be holding their annual 'Sir Henry Cotton Trophy', a traditional tournament on the Algarve golfing calendar.
Morgado
Mon, 1st May 2006
'PGA Europro Tournament' is being played at the Morgado course near Portimao and this a chance to see some of the budding young guns of the European Tours in action, seeking promotion to next year's Challenge Tour or even the main PGA European Tour.

International Golf News May 2006

Mon, 1st May 2006
Aaron Baddeley from Australia triumphed over Jim Furyk at the Verizon Heritage to earn his first PGA TOUR victory at the Harbour Town Golf Links. Aaron Baddeley who was just inside the Top 200 before the win moved 121 places to Nº 78. Stuart Appleby from Australia won the Shell Houston Open on the PGA Tour by a six stroke margin from Bob Estes. Stuart Appleby's second win of the season moved him up 7 places to Nº 25. Chris Couch chipped in for par on the 18th hole at English Turn G&CC to pip Charles Howell III and Fred Funk for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans title. Chris Couch climbed to Nº 103 with an improvement of 265 places. Anthony Snobeck won at the Tessali-Metaponto Open di Puglia e Basilicata on the European Challenge Tour.

Golfers in the News May 2006

Mon, 1st May 2006
Phil Mickelson - (USA) Masters Tournament Augusta National - Augusta - Georgia - USA - 6th to 9th April, 2006 Phil Mickelson won the Masters Tournament at Augusta National by two strokes from Tim Clark with a final round of 69 for a 7 under par total. Phil Mickelson's second straight Major Championship win and his second straight tournament win placed him as World Number Two, a position he last occupied at the beginning of 2003. Tim Clark's finish placed him as World Nº 15, while Jose Maria Olazabal and Chad Campbell, in a group tied for third, moved into the World Top 15 in 12th and 14th positions respectively.
Mon, 1st May 2006
Jeev Milka Singh - (India) Volvo China Open Honghua International - Beijing - China - 13th to 16th April, 2006 Jeev Milkha Singh won the Volvo China Open at the Honghua International Golf Club in Beijing, in a co-sanctioned event between the European and Asian Tours. Jeev Milka Singh, also a member of the Japan Golf Tour, entered into the Top 200 as Nº 195, an improvement of 124 positions.
Mon, 1st May 2006
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano - (Spain) BMW Asian Open Tomson Shanghai Pudong - Shanghai - China - 20th to 23rd April, 2006 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano from Spain won the BMW Asian Open at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club on the first extra hole of a playoff with Henrik Stenson. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano climbed to Nº 64 in the Rankings with an improvement of 49 places.
Mon, 1st May 2006
Niclas Fasth - (Sweden) Andalucia Open de Espana Valle Romano San Roque - Sotogrande - Spain - 27th to 30th April, 2006 Niclas Fasth from Sweden defeated England's John Bickerton at the fourth extra hole to capture the Andalucia Open de Espana Valle Romano at San Roque Club, Cadiz. Niclas Fasth moved back into the World Top 50 in 46th position, a move of 11 places.

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