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Portugal Golf News September 2003

Mon, 1st Sep 2003
his year's 'Duke of Edinburgh Cup' is being held on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores Archipelago and will be attended by Prince Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. This invitational amateur tournament is one of a series of “International Golf for Youth” events held in several countries in connection with The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The funds raised will be shared by The 'Duke of Edinburgh Award' and the Portuguese equivalent, 'Premio Infante Dom Henrique', the 'Henry the Navigator Award'. The two courses that will host the tournament are Batalha and Furnas.

Golf Course News September 2003

Millennium
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
One of the main local charity events was to help ASMAL with their work to rehabilitate people with mental health problems. This year the tournament, held on the Vilamoura Millennium course was attended by only 64 players and a total of 5,115 Euros was raised. The Gross winner was Bob Lumsten with Antonio Gomes taking the most points for the men. Maria de Deus Gomes was the winner in the ladies section.
Quinta da Ria
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
The 'Vila Gale Hotel Group Tournament' was held with one round at Quinta da Ria and the other at the sister course Quinta de Cima, both located close to the town of Tavira. The format was aggregate Stableford points in three divisions, Men 0-12 and 13 handicaps, and Ladies. There were also prizes awarded by Mundo Golfe magazine: the winners being Carlos Marta (0-12 hcap), Guilherme Correia (13 ) and Fatima Pires (Ladies). Carlos Marta also won the 36-hole aggregate gross prize with 66 points, and the net aggregate winners were Miguel de Sousa (0-12 hcap) 80 pts. Jose F. Guerreiro (13 ) 71 pts. and Sally McMiken 67 pts. in the Ladies division.
Millennium
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Graham Rankin and former Walker Cup stalwart representing Drumpellier, won the 2nd leg of the PGA 'Europro Quinta da Ria & Casinos do Algarve Swing' at Vilamoura's Millennium course. Following rounds of 70 and 67, Rankin sealed his 13,500-Euro victory with a closing 65. Kyron Sullivan (Vale of Glamorgan) was 2nd four strokes back on 206, and 3rd place was shared by Peter Whiteford and Raymond Burns (207). In round 2, Jonathan Herbert set a new Millennium Course record of 62 (10 under par).
Palmares
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
There was plenty of action at Palmares in the last of the three Algarve Europro tournaments. Sixty-six players made the cut at 144 (2 over par) and Tom Whitehouse of Maxstoke Park - who broke the course record by scoring a 9-under par 62 in the 1st round - played with Antonio Sobrinho, the Pro of Vale do Lobo Courses. The last round started with Whitehouse 11 under par and Angolan-born Sobrinho with 9 under, but the latter produced a brilliant back nine of 30, including five birdies, to add to his outward nine of 33. Whitehouse had no reply to this amazing display and ended a full 8 strokes behind Sobrinho, tying with Michael Welch on 9 under for the 54 holes. Sobrinho is so far this year's winner of all Portuguese national Pro events and he collected one of the biggest cheques of his career (13,500 Euros) for his win.
Benamor
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
The 6th New Style Open was held at the Benamor golf course near Tavira on 7th-8th June. A total of 88 players took part in the 36-hole Stableford event. Francisco Faustino carded the best gross score with 65 points, whilst his son Nuno was first in the net division, scoring 76 points. On the 9th, the New Style staged the 'Iberico SuperClubs Trophy' played over 18 holes at the same venue and the gross prize went to Spaniard Joaquín Rodriguez with 36 points. Dina Ferreira was the overall net winner with 41 points. The finals of the New Style 2003 circuit, with the winners of each event taking part, will be held at the Costa da Suaípe, Salvador, Brazil from 24th November to 3rd December.
Benamor
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
As part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Military School in Lisbon, a golf tournament was held at the Benamor course. About 170 golfers took part in the 18-hole competition, mainly ex-pupils of the school which was started in 1803 by the armed forces for children of officers and staff, as well as needy youngsters near the Lisbon barracks.

International Golf News September 2003

Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Kenny Perry became the sixth person so far this year to record multiple Tour victories when he won The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Kenny improved 4 positions on his World Golf Ranking and moved a career best position of No.11. Kenny's 2003 points total of 177.50 is the best of any player outside of the World's Top 5 and is reflected by his 17-position improvement in 2003. Runner-up Lee Janzen enjoyed a 46 position improvement and returned to the World Top 100 at No. 69. and Mike Weir, holder of the best World Ranking record of 2003, finished third and returned to the Top 5 at No.5. Rory Sabbatini won the FBR Capital Open at the TPC Avenal in Potomac, Maryland. Sabbatini moved up 46 places to No.50 and became the fourth highest ranked South-African on the World Ranking behind Ernie Els (2), Retief Goosen (9) and Trevor Immelman (37). Duffy Waldorf finished in outright second place and improved to No.80. Australian Marcus Fraser moved up 49 places to World No.531 when he won the Nykredit Danish Open at the Gilleleje Golf Club in Helsingor, Denmark. Andre Stolz won the LaSalle Bank Open at the Glen Club and Andre improved 3 positions to World No.60. Jonathan Kaye won his first Tour title when he eagled the first extra play-off hole to win the Buick Classic at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. As a result Kaye improved 51 positions to No 52. Runner-up John Rollins improved 30 positions and moved to inside the Top 50 at No.49. There are now 24 players from the USA inside the World's Top 50.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Rory Sabbatini won the FBR Capital Open at the TPC Avenal in Potomac, Maryland. Sabbatini moved up 46 places to No.50 and became the fourth highest ranked South-African on the World Ranking behind Ernie Els (2), Retief Goosen (9) and Trevor Immelman (37). Duffy Waldorf finished in outright second place and improved to No.80. Australian Marcus Fraser moved up 49 places to World No.531 when he won the Nykredit Danish Open at the Gilleleje Golf Club in Helsingor, Denmark. Andre Stolz won the LaSalle Bank Open at the Glen Club and Andre improved 3 positions to World No.60. Padraig Harrington fell back down two positions to No.9 despite his T10 finish in Chicago while Phil Mickelson dropped to No.8 – his lowest position since May 21st 2000 when he won the Mastercard Colonial to move to World No.5. David Toms tied fifth finish this week elevates him to No.7 while the South African Retief Goosen fell out of the Top 10 for the first time since December 23rd 2001. Jonathan Kaye won his first Tour title when he eagled the first extra play-off hole to win the Buick Classic at the Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York. As a result Johnathan Kaye improved 51 positions to No 52. Runner-up John Rollins improved 30 positions and moved to inside the Top 50 at No.49. There are now 24 players from the USA inside the World’s Top 50.

Golfers in the News September 2003

Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Philip Price - (Wales) Smurfit European Open The K Club - Straffan - Co. Kildare - Ireland - 3rd to 6th July, 2003 With a one stroke lead Welshman Philip Price claimed victory at the European Open in Ireland. His nearest rivals were Alastair from Scotland and Mark McNulty from Ireland.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Ernie Els - (South Africa) The Barclays Scottish Open Loch Lomond - Glasgow - Scotland - 10th to 13th July, 2003 With a very comfortable five stroke lead South African Ernie Els was victorious on the European Tour in Scotland at the Scottish Open. His nearest rivals were Darren Clarke from Northern Ireland and Philip Price from Wales.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Ben Curtis - (USA) 132nd Open Golf Championship Royal St George's - Sandwich - Kent - England - 17th to 20th July, 2003 By one stroke American Ben Curtis won the 132nd Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's in Kent, England. Close behind him were Thomas Bjorn from Denmark and Vijay Singh from Fiji.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Michael Campbell - (New Zealand) Nissan Irish Open Portmarnock - Dublin - Ireland - 24th to 27th July, 2003 In a tight playoff Michael Campbell from new Zealand defeated both Thomas Bjorn from Denmark and Peter Hedblom at the Irish Open held at Dublin.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Adam Scott - (Australia) Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters Barseback - Malmo - Sweden - 31st to 3rd August, 2003 At the Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters at the Barseback Golf and Country Club in Sweden, Adam Scott secured a 2-shot victory and the Australian moved 14 places to World No.34. Runner-up Nick Dougherty produced his best European Tour Performance and moved 65 places up to World No.202.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Greg Owen - (England) Damovo British Masters Forest of Arden - Coventry - England - 5th to 8th June, 2003 Greg Owen fired a final-round of 71 to win the Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters at the Marriott Forest of Arden Golf Club in England. It was Greg Owen's first victory in 158 European Tour International Schedule and it resulted in a 42-position improvement to No.94. Ian Poulter was one of two runners-up and continued his rise up the World Rankings to an equal No.77.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Jim Furyk - (USA) U.S. Open Championship Olympia Fields - Matteson - Illinois - USA -12th to 15th June, 2003 Jim Furyk fired a final-round 72 to win the 103rd US Open Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Matteson, Illinois. Furyk climbed four positions to a career-high World No.6 while runner-up Stephen Leaney improved 32 places to No.23. Kenny Perry and Mike Weir both finished in third position. Kenny Perry, coming off back-to-back wins, moved to No.10 for the first time while Masters Champion Mike Weir jumps past Vijay Singh and Davis Love III to his highest position of his career at No.3.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Brett Rumford - (Australia) Aa St Omer Open Aa St Omer - Omer - France - 12th to 15th June, 2003 Australian Brett Rumford won the Aa St Omer Open in France on the European Tour with a very comfortable five stroke lead. His nearest rival was Ben Mason from England with Frederico Bisazza of Italy a further four stokes back. Australian Brett Rumford collected his maiden Tour victory and moved up 109 places to No.219.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Soren Kjeldsen - (Denmark) Diageo Championship The Gleneagles - Perthshire - Scotland - 19th to 22nd June, 2003 Soren Kjeldsen became the fifth Danish golfer to win on the European Tour when he claimed his maiden Tour victory with a two-shot victory in the Diageo Championship at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland. Soren Kjeldsen improved 53 places to No.111. Alastair Forsyth moved up jumped 39 places to No.146 due to achieving his runner-up finish.
Mon, 1st Sep 2003
Philip Golding - (England) Open de France Le Golf National - Paris - France - 26th to 29th June, 2003 Philip Golding from England took a one stroke lead over his fellow Englishman David Howell to win the Open de France on the European Tour in Paris. Australian Peter O'Malley and Englishman Justin Rose were just the one stroke behind them.

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