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Golf Course News May 2008

Oitavos Dunes
Thu, 1st May 2008
Gregory Bourdy - (France) Estoril Open de Portugal Oitavos Dunes,Cascais,Portugal - 3rd to 6th April, 2008 Gregory Bourdy, who began the final round in the Estoril Open of Portugal 2008 with a four stroke advantage over his playing partner, had looked down and out as he reached the turn in three over par for the day and allowed a host of players to overtake him at the top of the leaderboard. He was not to be denied though, as he dug deep and rediscovered the swing that had seen him dominate the first three rounds at the Oitavos course. Gregory Bourdy began his recovery with a birdie on the tenth hole, adding another on the 11th before taking advantage of two back nine par fives to pick up a further two strokes and move to 18 under with two holes to play. Alastair Forsyth, meanwhile, staged his own comeback after dropping two shots in his opening six holes. The Scotsman covered his remaining 12 holes in a stunning seven under par, including birdies on the two toughest holes on the course – the 17th and 18th – to set up a three way play-off. All three men made par on the 18th at the first extra hole, meaning they went back to the tee to do it all again. A pulled drive meant Alastair Forsyth could only manage a bogey five at the second time of asking, leaving Gregory Bourdy and David Howell to fight it out for the top prize. The pair halved in four once more before being taken to the 17th to try and determine a winner. Gregory Bourdy left his approach on the front edge of the green, some 30 feet from the hole, while David Howell slightly pulled his four iron second to the left of the putting surface.  The Englishman then played a poor shot leaving himself a 20 foot par putt. With Gregory Bourdy rolling his ball to within 18 inches of the cup, David Howell had to save his par to keep the tournament alive but the Englishman’s effort slipped agonizingly past to allow Gregory Bourdy a tap-in for victory. 'It's a fantastic feeling', said Bourdy. 'It was very hard at the start of the day – especially the first nine holes when I was three over. I didn't look at the leaderboards but I knew that the other players were making birdies. But at the start of the day I knew that I had to play under par – if I did that then I would have a good chance to win. So I knew that on the back nine that if I could make four or five birdies then it would be enough'.
Vila Sol
Thu, 1st May 2008
To coincide with the recent launch of Pine Hills Residences, a complex being built at Vila Sol, the developers held a team event at this well-known popular golf venue and host to the Portuguese Open back in 1992 and 1993. The winning team comprising Ivan Taylor, David Cummings and Stephen Clare scored 90 Stableford points, and Alex Storm, partnered by Tony and Yvonne Gilbert-Harris, edged out the team of Tony Scott, Lenny McGeoch and Amy Bray after a count-back as both had tied with 85 points.
Victoria
Thu, 1st May 2008
The Portuguese Golf Federation announced during the month that the 2011 European Amateur Men's Team Championship is to be staged at the Victoria course in Vilamoura. This is the flagship event organised by EGA, the European Golf Association, and is played by teams of six golfers, with the top 20 countries qualifying for the championship. Until recently, the event was played every second year, but as from 2008, when Ireland will defend the title in Turin, it will take place annually and in 2009 and 2010, the host countries will be Wales and Switzerland respectively. The only other time that this championship was played in Portugal was back in 1973 at Penina.
Penina Championship
Thu, 1st May 2008
Sir Henry Cooper together with his celebrity friends and other participants are back to western Algarve in May for the annual 'Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic' which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. Mike Reid's name will continue in the tournament name in spite of his sudden death last year. The first round of the main event is played at Palmares on 12th May, then play continues at the Boavista course on the 15th May, and culminates at Penina the following day. Many familiar faces will be playing: Johnny Briggs, John Virgo, Willie Thorne, Brian Kidd, Dave Jessup and Alan Wells together with the 2007 winner, actor Martin Herdman. This well supported event is a real fun occasion and raises funds for various charities.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Thu, 1st May 2008
The popular Vale do Lobo Foursomes Week, now in its 26th year, takes place from 18th-24th May at the resort's Ocean and Royal courses. After initial qualifying rounds the tournament switches to the match-play format to decide the winners.

International Golf News May 2008

Thu, 1st May 2008
Johnson Wagner picked up his first PGA Tour victory at the Shell Houston Open with a final round of 71 to finish at 16 under par, two strokes ahead of Chad Campbell and Geoff Ogilvy. With the win Johnson Wagner earned a place at the Masters Tournament and climbed 189 positions to World Number 124. Second placed Geoff Ogilvy moved up to Nº 5 and World Numbers 7 to 10, Furyk, Scott, Rose and Singh are remarkably now separated by just 0.02 average points. Will Besseling of The Netherlands claimed a spectacular seven shot victory in the II Club Colombia Masters. Besseling closed with a 66 for a 16-under-par total of 268 with Denmark's Mark Haastrup second on 275. Boo Weekley completed a successful defense of his Verizon Heritage title at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina after a level par final round of 72 gave him a three stroke victory over joint runners-up Aaron Baddeley, the 2006 winner of this event, and Anthony Kim. Jim Furyk finished in fourth place. Boo Weekley climbed 24 positions to a career high Nº 23. Kim entered into the World Top 50 in 39th place. Robert Damron won the Athens Regional Foundation Classic on the Nationwide Tour, overcoming England's Greg Owen at the first extra hole. The win propelled Damron 303 positions up the World Golf Ranking to 296th. Anthony Kim of the United States shot a final round of 69 to secure a five stroke victory over 2003 Open Champion Ben Curtis at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow CC. The 22 year-old picks up his first PGA Tour win in just his 41st qualifying OWGR Tournament and made a jump of 21 positions in the World Golf Ranking to 16th. Another winner was Irish golfer Michael Hoey at the Banque Populaire Morroccan Classic on the European Challenge Tour.

Golfers in the News May 2008

Thu, 1st May 2008
Trevor Immelman - (South Africa) Masters Tournament Augusta National - Augusta - Georgia - USA - 10th to 13th April, 2008 Trevor Immelman from South Africa won the Masters Tournament at Augusta National having led since round one. On a final day with blustery winds averaging 20 miles per hour, Trevor Immelman shot a final round of 3-over-par 75 for a three stroke victory over Tiger Woods. Trevor Immelman become only the second South African Masters Champion and his victory coming on the 30th anniversary of Gary Player's third Green Jacket win. The 28-year-old 2008 Masters Champion climbed 14 places to Nº 15.
Thu, 1st May 2008
Damien McGrane - (Ireland) Volvo China Open Beijing CBD International - Beijing - China - 17th to 20th April, 2008 Damien McGrane from Ireland defied the incessant downpour to claim his maiden European Tour title with a convincing nine stroke victory in the Volvo China Open at Beijing CBD International Golf Club, a tournament co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour. This win took Damien McGrane to Nº 148 and an improvement of 73 places.
Thu, 1st May 2008
Darren Clarke - (Northern Ireland) BMW Asian Open Tomson Shanghai Pudong - Shanghai - China - 24th to 27th April, 2008 The popular golfer Darren Clarke from Northern Ireland added another win to his total on the European Tour with his success in China. He ended one stroke less than Jan-Robert Derksen from Holland, and three strokes less than Robert Dinwiddie, Wen-tang Lin and Francisco Molinari.

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