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Golf Course News September 2004

Alamos
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
The sister course to the Morgado course in the 980-hectare Morgado do Reguengo located north of Portimao has now been seeded. Named the Golfe dos Alamos, the new course is scheduled for opening in about one year. (In case you think the name has anything to do with that famous battle, the Portuguese word 'Alamo' means nothing more than a poplar tree – but it will be a name to remember!). Golfe dos Alamos will also have smaller greens than the Morgado course which will place a premium on accurate approach shots. A new and shorter access road from the Portimao to Monchique road to the Club House and facilities is almost complete.
Monte Rei
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
Another course under construction and due for completion in the Spring of 2006 is the long-awaited Jack Nicklaus designed layout at the future Monte Rei Golf & Country Club. This the first of two 18-hole courses planned for a 420-hectare area located about half an hour drive to the east of Faro. A mere 8% of the project will be built-up area incorporating an exclusive village community and one of the top American landscape architects is involved with the planning of the entire site. The architect of the second course is Ross McMurray of European Golf Design.
Laguna
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
During this past August, Vilamoura held its annual golf-fest for all the youngsters and junior players which involved tuition by the club pro's and culminating in tournaments over the Laguna course according to age groups of boys and girls. Fifty-five players came from Spain to play with local Portuguese and foreign resident youngsters. Some fine scores were posted for the main 36-hole event, such as 2-under par gross 142's carded by Daniel Silva in the division for 15/16-year-olds, as well as Ricardo M. Gouveia and Antonio Aquilera Ortega (Spain) in the 13/14-year-olds division. Ortega won the overall 8th Vilamoura Junior Championship after a play-off, and the overall girl winner was Patricia Lobato Moreno (15/16-year olds division) with 144 strokes, level par, gross score. Incidentally, one of the most famous former pupils of the junior school at Vilamoura is 24-year-old Inder van Weerelt and now a rookie on the PGA Europro Tour. With his win at the Cardrona Open in the Scottish borders already under his belt bringing him to 4th in the Order of Merit. His immediate aim is to be one of the top 5 at the end of the season to qualify for the Challenge Tour. Inder, and former Dutch and German Amateur title-holder, is also making an attempt at the main PGA European Tour qualifying-school. Another Vilamoura golf school ex-pupil is Ricardo Santos who has had a good year in European competitions. He scored 66 in the opening qualifying round of the British Amateur over St. Andrews Old Course and made the match-play stage - but lost in the 2nd round. In early August he won the Swiss Amateur by 7 strokes with a 15-under-par score of 273, establishing a course record of 65 in the last round. This win entitled him to participate in the Omega European Masters from 2nd – 5th September. He also played in the Continental (EGA) Boys' Team against GB & I at Nairn for the St. Andrews Trophy on 27th-28th August. The hopes of Ricardo and his team-mates were dashed in the strong winds and the home side won by 17 to 7 points.
San Lorenzo
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
The final of the UK's Lombard annual golf tournament takes place at San Lorenzo from 4th-6th September - played by sixteen amateur finalists and their professional partners. Quinta da Boavista is hosting a charity tournament on 11th September to raise funds for the Lagos Voluntary Fire Department and victims of the serious wildfires that have raged throughout the Algarve over the past couple of years.
Victoria
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
The Duke of Edinburgh Cup's qualifying event in Portugal will be held at the new Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura. This is also a charity event, organised under the auspices of International Golf for Youth, linked to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the equivalent organisation in Portugal, the 'Premio Infante Dom Henrique' (Prince Henry the Navigator Award). The net winners in the Ladies and Mens divisions will be invited to play in the final of 'The Duke of Edinburgh Cup' in the UK in October. This tournament in Vilamoura will be highlighted by a visit by Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Earl being a Trustee of the foundation.

International Golf News September 2004

Wed, 1st Sep 2004
Mark Hensby won the John Deere Classic and his first PGA Tour title after a playoff with England's John E Morgan after the pair had tied on 16 under par. Jonathan Byrd won the B.C. Open, his second PGA Tour title after holding off the challenge of a large group of players. At the beginning of August Vijay Singh won the Buick Open at Warwick Hills with a final round of 67 holding off a strong challenge from John Daly. Luke Donald won the Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour by 5 strokes from home favorites Peter Hanson and Henrik Stenson. Tiger Woods equaled Greg Norman's record of a total of 331 weeks at World Number One and his current position at the top is exactly 5 years. Two events were played on the European Challenge Tour when Englishman Philip Archer won the Rolex Trophy and Ireland's Stephen Browne captured the Norwegian Challenge Open. The first five automatic qualifiers for the 2004 European Ryder Cup Team were decided with the completion of the Ryder Cup World Points List. The top five in the list were Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Lee Westwood.

Golfers in the News September 2004

Wed, 1st Sep 2004
David Lynn - (England) KLM Open Hilversumsche - Hilversum - The Netherlands - 5th to 8th August, 2004 David Lynn won the KLM Open at Hilversum Golf Club on the European Tour by 3 strokes from his nearest competitors Paul McGinley from Ireland and Richard Green from Australia.
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
Gary Emerson - (England) BMW Russian Open Le Meridien Moscow - Moscow - Russia -12th to 15th August, 2004 Gary Emerson secured his first win on the European Tour at the BMW Russian Open. Weather delays earlier in that week meant that Emerson played 35 holes during the final day at Le Meridien Moscow Country Club. Gary moved up 123 places in the World Ranking to number 214.
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
Vijay Singh - (Fiji) US PGA Championship Whistling Straits - Kohler - Wisconsin - USA - 12th to 15th August, 2004 Vijay Singh won the 86th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits after a three hole playoff with Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. Vijay Singh overtook Ernie Els, who finished one stroke outside the playoff, and moves within 0.1 average points of Tiger Woods and the World Number One spot. Justin Leonard climbed 22 places to World Nº 25 while Chris DiMarco moved to Nº 17 and earned himself a place in the 2004 US Ryder Cup Team.
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
Stewart Cink - (USA) WGC - NEC Invitational Firestone - Akron - Ohio - USA - 19th to 22nd August, 2004 Stewart Cink won the WGC - NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club by four strokes over Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods. The win moved Stewart Cink up 13 places to Nº 11.
Wed, 1st Sep 2004
Miguel Angel Jimenez - (Spain) BMW International Open Golfclub Munchen Eichenried - Munich - Germany - 26th to 29th August, 2004 Miguel Angel Jimenez won the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried from European Ryder Cup colleague Thomas Levet. This was Miguel Angek Jimenez's fourth European Tour win of the season and moved him up 13 places to Nº 23.

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