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Algarve Golf News November 2003

Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Another large celebration was held at Vale do Lobo to celebrate Sander van Gelder's 25 year ownership of this tourist resort. Following a 4-day 'Seniors Tennis Tournament' in which Michael Stich defeated John McEnroe in the final, two Texas Scramble golf competitions were staged over the resort's Ocean and Royal golf courses. At the more difficult Royal course, the team of Jeremy Bates, Neil Durden-Smith, Antonio Sobrinho, Michael Stich and Mats Wilander won with a score of 56.1 strokes net. The victorious team at the Ocean course comprised of Sid Richardson, Veronica King, Peter and Margaret Rumgay with a net score of 53.8. The grand finale of the week was a glittering party which included a laser display, as well as musical entertainment by Dutch singer Rene Froger and the Lou Roman band.

Golf Course News November 2003

Vila Sol
Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Vila Sol held their 12th 'Anniversary Invitational Tournament', a Texas Scramble event, was followed by a great evening party with an African theme. The winning team with its net score of 55 strokes comprised of Rodrigo and Frederico Fragoso Fernandes, Alexandre Barroso and Ricardo Oliveira.
Old Course
Sat, 1st Nov 2003
The Vilamoura Old Course was the venue for another recent charity tournament in aid of the Portuguese Cancer Prevention League. The field totaled about 100 golfers and 6,500 Euros were raised. In a day of high scoring Luis Uva won the men’s net prize with 43 points whereas Carmen Tomas triumphed in the ladies’ division, scoring 41 points. Antonio Rosado carded the best gross score (40 pts).
Laguna
Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Every August, Vilamoura organizes a free open to all summer golf school for local and foreign youngsters aged from 8 to 18 at the Laguna course. The tuition courses culminate in a series of tournaments on 30th-31st August for each age group and a prize-giving party at 5 p.m. at the Pinhal clubhouse.

International Golf News November 2003

Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Davis Love III collected his fourth victory of the year as he led from start to finish to win the International at Castle Pines, Colorado. Davis moved up 3 positions to No.3 in World Golf Ranking and moved past Tiger Woods to the top of the US PGA Tour Money List with $5,122,038 from 15 events. Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen were the joint runners-up. Vijay Singh moved down one place to World No.4 while Retief Goosen remained at World No.12. US Open Champion Jim Furyk won the Buick Open by two strokes from Tiger Woods, Chris DiMarco, Briny Baird and Geoff Ogilvy. Jim Furyk improved 3 places to a career-high World Ranking position at No.3 and up to No.2 on the PGA Tour money list with $4,401,313 – second to Tiger Woods with $4,810,496. Of the runners up Tiger Woods remained at the top of the World Ranking with 7.87 points clear of World No.2 Ernie Els. Chris DiMarco enjoyed a 3-place jump to No.14. Briny Baird moved into the Top-100 at No.84 while Geoff Ogilvy became the 11th highest-ranked Australasian as he moved to No.101. In the Talma Finnish Challenge on the European Challenge Tour, Australian Marcus Fraser was victorious and moved to No. 346.

Golfers in the News November 2003

Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Ian Poulter - (England) Nordic Open Simon's - Copenhagen - Denmark - 7th to 10th August, 2003 The inaugural Nordic Open winner Ian Poulter fired a final round of 66 for a 22-under par total, his second European Tour victory of the 2003 season. Ian Poulter improved his Ranking position by 23 places and was placed just outside the World Top 50 at No.53 – the highest position of his career.
Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Marcus Fraser- (Australia) BMW Russian Open Le Meridien Moscow - Moscow - Russia - 14th to 17th August, 2003 Marcus Fraser from Australia moved to No.196 in the World Rankings when he won the inaugural BMW Russian Open in Moscow. However, to gain the victory he was involved in a playoff with Martin Wiegle from Austria.
Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Shaun Micheel - (USA) US PGA Championship Oak Hill - Rochester - New York - USA - 14th to 17th August, 2003 In the final Major Championship of the 2003 season, Shaun Micheel won the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in a playoff in Rochester, New York. Shaun improved 123 positions to World No.46 in the World Golf Ranking. Chad Campbell was the outright runner-up and Chad became the new World No.26.
Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Darren Clark - (Northern Ireland) WGC - NEC Invitational Firestone - Akron - Ohio - USA - 21st to 24th August, 2003 Northern Ireland golfer Darren Clarke won the WGC - NEC Invitational at Akron with a comfortable lead of four strokes over his nearest rival Johnathan Kaye from the USA. Only one stroke behind him was fellow American Davis Love III.
Sat, 1st Nov 2003
Lee Westwood - (England) BMW International Open Golfclub Munchen Eichenried - Munich - Germany - 28th to 31st August, 2003 With three strokes in hand Lee Westwood from England won the BMW International Open in Germany on the European Tour. His nearest rival was golfer Alex Cejka from Germany.

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