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Algarve Golf News October 2004

Fri, 1st Oct 2004
The 9th 'Tivoli Almansor Golf Classic' is being held from 24th–28th October, opening with a 4-player team Texas Scramble tournament on either 24th or 25th at Salgados, followed by the individual Stableford Classic on 26th-28th on 3 different courses: Morgado, Salgados and Vilamoura Old Course. Looking a little further ahead, the 'TAP Open Golf Tournament' for amateurs, an annual event held since 1977, is being played from 7th-12th November. The format is stroke-play over 72 holes on the Vila Sol, Laguna, Millennium and Pinhal courses in Vilamoura, preceded by two practice rounds. Players come each year from most countries where TAP Air Portugal has destinations to participate in this popular tournament.

Golf Course News October 2004

Boavista
Fri, 1st Oct 2004
Four clubs, including newcomers Carvoeiro, took part in this year's 'Western Algarve Inter-Club Trophy' held at the Boavista course just west of Lagos. The Stableford scores of all 16 team members counted towards the result and the Boavista club, holders of the trophy since its inception in 2002, retained it – but only just! They scored 318 points, a single point ahead of Palmares, with Carvoeiro on 296 and Parque da Floresta 10 further back. This is a different tournament from the inter-club league which is a match-play event in which golfers from many more clubs in the Algarve participate every summer.
Victoria
Fri, 1st Oct 2004
At the Victoria – Vilamoura's new course designed by Arnold Palmer – staged the Portugal Qualifying Event for The 'Duke of Edinburgh Cup'. The occasion was also marked by the official opening of this magnificent 18 holes adjacent to the Millennium and Laguna courses. Many personalities from Portugal and abroad took part in this prestige event organised to help raise funds for youth development programmes run by 'The Duke of Edinburgh's Award' and the 'Henry the Navigator Award', (Premio Infante Dom Henrique its equivalent in Portugal). As in previous years the event was graced by the presence of the Earl of Wessex, Trustee of the Award, and the Countess, Sophie Rhys-Jones. With this grand opening of the Victoria Course in Vilamoura the owners, Lusotur S.A., have now 5 courses in Vilamoura under their ownership – the others being the Old Course, Millennium, Pinhal and Laguna. At the helm of this new course is Sr Eugenio Reviriego who has moved to take up his present position from previously being Director of Golf at the renowned Sotogrande Complex in Spain. He brings with him his considerable experience, having been in this previous post for over 14 years. At Sotogrande the courses are primarily run for the benefit of their member which is different policy from the Vilamoura courses. With this in mind he has adopted a policy to bring to visiting players at the Victoria the same high quality of service, on or off the course that is to be expected in top members-only clubs. As an example, the starting tee times are never to be less than at 15 minute intervals - a figure not normally practiced on most commercial courses. Sr Reviriego enjoys a handicap of 6 and firmly believes in the potential of the Victoria Course. His opinion is that after the course has properly matured, it will have the assets to become a “'flagship' amongst the many fine courses of Europe.
Boavista
Fri, 1st Oct 2004
Boavista G.C. also held a charity event in September that raised close to €4,000 which was donated to both the Lagos voluntary fire brigade and the many victims of the devastating wild-fires that have seriously affected the lives of all the families living in the hills in the Algarve hinterland. Sponsors of the event included Pebble Pools, Luz Ocean Club, Tivoli Lagos Hotel, Fontenario Restaurant and the Ninfa Bar (Espiche), Proper Golf 2000, as well as Boavista club members Brian Chadbourn and Stan Hill.
Victoria
Fri, 1st Oct 2004
On 9th October, golfers were able to contribute towards charity funds to be donated to the victims of these widespread fires this past summer in the Serra de Caldeirao in the central Algarve. This also provides a golden opportunity for golfers to try out the new Victoria course in Vilamoura on which the tournament is to be played. The minimum contribution is only €100, which includes 18 holes of golf with lunch at the Victoria Club House.

International Golf News October 2004

Fri, 1st Oct 2004
The 2004 Ryder Cup Oakland Hills - Bloomfield Township - Michigan - USA - 17th to 19th September, 2004 The European Team successfully defeated the USA by 18 1/2 points to 9 1/2 which recorded the best result for Europe in the history of the event.
Fri, 1st Oct 2004
Matthew King was victorious at the Donnington Grove Computacenter English Challenge Open on the European Challenge Tour. Vijay Singh won the Chrysler Championship at Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort, Florida by a margin of five strokes from Jesper Parnevik and Tommy Armour III. Vijay Singh moved to a 1.93 average points lead over second placed Ernie Els in the Ranking who in turn stands 0.9 average points ahead of Tiger Woods in third place. Vijay Singh of Fiji ended the record breaking reign of Tiger Woods at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking with victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC at Boston, Massachusetts. Vijay Singh won by three strokes from Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, the Australian climbing back into the World Top 10 at Nº 9. Vijay Singh becomes the twelfth No.1 in the 962 week (18 and a half years) history of the Ranking. Austria's Markus Brier cruised to an eight stroke win at the BA-CA Golf Open playing on his home course Fontana Golf Club near Vienna. This was his second win on home soil having won the 2002 Austrian Golf Open. Markus Brier moved to Nº 222. Vijay Singh then defeated local favorite Mike Weir at the third extra hole of the Bell Canadian Open to complete his fourth win in five tournaments and his seventh in all on the PGA Tour this year. Singh extended his lead over Tiger Woods to 0.97 points.

Golfers in the News October 2004

Fri, 1st Oct 2004
Luke Donald - (England) Omega European Masters Crans-sur-Sierre - Crans Montana - Switzerland - 2nd to 5th September, 2004 Luke Donald picked up his second European Tour title in just over a month as he held off Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland. Luke Donald climbed to his highest ever position in the Official World Ranking at Nº 35.
Fri, 1st Oct 2004
Padraig Harrington - (Ireland) Linde German Masters Golf Club Gut Larchenhof - Cologne - Germany - 9th to 12th September, 2004 Padraig Harrington recovered from a double bogey start to his final round to claim the Linde German Masters at Gut Larchenhof from Australian Nick O'Hern. Harrington maintained his position as World Number 8 whilst O'Hern climbed to No 53 in the World Ranking.
Fri, 1st Oct 2004
Henrik Stensen - (Sweden) The Heritage Woburn - Buckinghamshire - England - 23rd to 26th September, 2004 Swedish golfer Henrik Stensen claimed the victory at The Heritage on the European Tour with a lead of four stokes from Carlos Rodiles from Spain. A further two strokes back was fellow Swedish player Patrik Sjoland.
Fri, 1st Oct 2004
Ernie Els - (South Africa) WGC - American Express Championship Mount Juliet - Thomastown - Co. Kilkenny - Ireland - 30th to 3rd October, 2004 Ernie Els won the WGC - American Express Championship at Mount Juliet Conrad in Ireland from a resurgent Thomas Bjorn to capture his first individual World Golf Championships title. Ernie Els jumped to World Nº 2 while Thomas Born climbed 18 places to the 28th position in the World Golf Ranking list.

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