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Algarve Golf News November 2007

Thu, 1st Nov 2007
In early October, the Pestana Golf Resort held their annual Golf Festival, a five-day series of tournaments at their Vale de Pinta, Gramacho and Silves courses. This is one of the most popular golf events of the year and a total of 270 rounds were played, with an average of 125 golfers - mainly from abroad - playing in each tournament. The principal prize-winners, shown in the photo, were: 'Players of the Week', Victor Connelly, Paulinho Gloria, Emanuel Amador, Osvaldo Santos and Mrs. Lynn Cook.
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
The Oceanico Victoria Course in Vilamoura has a new Director of Golf. Romeu Goncalves replaces the familiar friendly person of Maria de Jesus Beltrao.

Portugal Golf News November 2007

Thu, 1st Nov 2007
The Vidago Course located in the north of Portugal near Chaves is being extended to 18 holes with an opening towards the end of 2008.
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
Tiago Cruz won the 22º 'SATA Azores Open' held on Sao Miguel Island using both the Batalha and Furnas Courses. Tiago, a 25 year old pro, scored 211 and was the only player below or on par over the three days. This win was his third time of winning a competition but this was the first time at an international level. These two golf courses have been recently sold by Oceanico to the Madeira company Siram.

Golf Course News November 2007

Victoria
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
Steve Webster - (England) Portugal Masters Victoria Golf Course - Algarve - Portugal - 18th to 21st October, 2007 English golfer Steve Webster won the inaugural Portugal Masters, his second win on the European Tour, after shooting a Sunday 64 to win by three strokes at the Victoria Clube de Golf in Vilamoura, Portugal. This emotional win - especially in view of the untimely death of his mother five months previously - was only his second win in his 12 years on the European Tour, and projected him from 72nd to 28th on the order of Volvo Order of Merit. As followers of the PGA European Tour will have already learnt, 32-year-old Steve Webster was the worthy winner of the inaugural Portugal Masters played on the Victoria Course at Vilamoura. Although, the course was set up to challenge the players with taller clinging rough and fast greens, the rainfall on the Monday really only meant that the large greens were more receptive for the opening rounds. Combines with the warm sunny weather with little wind the result led to low scoring. In fact, and very happily for golfer Martin Kaymer from Germany, a new course record of 61 on the opening day was registered, whilst Webster's overall winning tally was an impressive 25 under par, and two strokes better than the runner-up, Robert Karlsson. There was a 4-way tie for 4th place on 19 under (Swedes, Peter Hanson and Fredrik Andersson Hed, Lee Westwood and Daniel Vancsik). Lee Westwood was in close contention until the par-5 twelfth hole where he went for the green in two but his ball ended up in the lake flanking the green and led to a bogey, followed by another at the par-three 13th. On these two consecutive holes Steve Webster followed with eagle-birdie and five strokes less than Westwood had scored over the same holes. Steve Webster's courage was to be admired on the par-five 17th hole in the final round. His long tee-shot onto the fairway was out-driven by his fellow competitor Robert Karlsson who at that stage was the only other virtual contender for the title. Steve Webster pulled out his 5-wood to attack the green which is defended by a lake in front and to the right. The gamble came off and he two-putted for birdie to go 26 under par. Robert Karlsson also scored a birdie, but Steve Webster retained his 3-stroke lead and had the luxury of playing safe on the last hole which he bogeyed to win by two strokes.   The national Portuguese players, both José-Filipe Lima and Tiago Cruz passed the cut. Tiago managed this in spite of a 2-stroke penalty in the 2nd round as he dropped his ball in the wrong spot. Lima was well placed in a tie position for 9th on 14 under par going into the final round, but a last round 73 including a lost ball left him in a tie for 21st with nine others, including renown stars such as Retief Goosen, Justin Rose, Nick Dougherty and Andres Romero. The total tickets sold for the entire event was 24,188, including 6,740 on the last day – a record for any golfing event in Portugal. In light of the success the organizers have announced that 2008 prize money will be increased by 25% to four million Euros!
Quinta do Peru
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
The young winners of the 'Taca FPG Amadora Nacionais' was Pedro Figueiredo and Joana Silva Pinto. These two national champions played against a large field of inspired young golfers, Pedro Figueiredo with a final score of 290, and Joana Silva Pinto with 298. The 7º Event on the 'Tranquilidade' Tour held on the Quinta do Peru course produced two new promising names. Joao Carlota from the Algarve who is just 17 years old, and Carla Cruz.
Troia
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
The Troia Golf Course closed on the 25th of October for restructuring and improvements. The reopening date is set for February 2008.
Golfe do Estoril
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
The 1º 'Lusitania Securos Trophy' was played on the Estoril Course on the 3rd of October and was won by Teresa Muhlenbeck followed by Richard Evans. The 'Royal British Club Plate' was played on the following day and was won by David Gray with Graciete Gibbin in second place. Richard Evens won outright the 'Silver Jubilee Plate' for achieving the best score over the two days.

International Golf News November 2007

Thu, 1st Nov 2007
The final three golfers who have successfully qualified to represent Portugal in the Final Round of the BMW Cup to be held in Sidney, Australia, are Maria Silvestre, Albino Coelho and Angelo Almeida. Scotland's Peter Whiteford secured the first European Challenge Tour victory of his career at the Dutch Futures tournament in Holland. The win improved his Ranking by 319 places as he moves to No 489. Swedish golfer Mikael Lundberg shot a final round of 73 and won the Toscana Open Italian Federation Cup on the Challenge Tour by five strokes. The win is his first win on the Challenge Tour this season and moved him to Nº 257 with an improvement of 140 places. Michael Lorenzo-Vera was crowned the King of the European Challenge Tour winning both the final tournament and the Challenge Tour Rankings. His win at the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final took him to Nº 149 with a move up of 61 places.

Golfers in the News November 2007

Thu, 1st Nov 2007
Nick Dougherty - (England) Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Old Course - St. Andrews - Carnoustie & Kingsbarns - Scotland - 4th to 7th October, 2007 England's Nick Dougherty added to his European Tour total with his win at St Andrews in Scotland. He ended with a two stroke lead over fellow Englishman Justin Rose, and with Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland one stroke further back.
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
Ernie Els - (South Africa) HSBC World Match Play Championship Wentworth Club - Virginia Water - Surrey - England - 11th to 14th October, 2007 Ernie Els captured a seventh HSBC World Match Play Championship when he overcame US Open Champion Angel Cabrera by 6&4 in the final on the West Course at Wentworth Club, Surrey, England. The win took the South African up a place to World Ranking Nº 4 while Cabrera moved up four places to Nº 17.
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
Mads Topp Vibe-Hastrup - (Denmark) Open de Madrid Valle Romano Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo - Madrid - Spain - 11th to 14th October, 2007 Mads Vibe-Hastrup became the Danish winner on The European Tour when he won the Open de Madrid Valle Romano title by three strokes at the Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola Club de Campo. Vibe-Hastrup moved 156 places up in the Ranking to Nº 178.
Thu, 1st Nov 2007
Gregory Bourdy - (France) Mallorca Classic Pula - Son Servera - Mallorca - Spain - 25th to 28th October, 2008 Frenchman Gregory Bourdy carded a final round 67 for a 12 under par total of 268 and a two shot victory over England’s Sam Little at the Mallorca Classic at Pula GC. This maiden European Tour victory moved Bourdy to Nº 129 with an improvement of 91 places.

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