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Algarve Golf News September 2007

Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Vilamoura Golf Club's traditional summer school for youngsters under 18 was held in July and August, culminating in tournaments held on 24th-25th August. Coordinated by club vice-chairman Jorge Batista and conducted by the club's five teaching pros, the course was attended by close to 200 children and youths. Surprisingly, the start to the final day's programme was delayed for about two hours due to an extremely unusual thunderstorm, for August at least – the effects of global warming! Various competitions are held, on the putting-green for pure beginners and the very young; 5-hole ones for the young ones with some experience; up to a 36-hole stroke-play event over two days for the low handicappers. A few of the former Vilamoura club academy pupils are now turned professional such as the brothers Ricardo and Hugo Santos who have played in PGA EuroPro and a few Challenge Tour events, Antonio Rosado, a player on the PGA of Portugal tour, as well as Inder van Weerelt - a Challenge Tour regular.

Portugal Golf News September 2007

Sat, 1st Sep 2007
The young Portuguese player Pedro Figueiredo took second place in the 'Amateur International Championship' held on the Basel Golf Course in Switzerland. Pedro Figueiredo who plays at the Quinta do Peru near Lisbon was tied in first place with Sean Einhaus and Pierre Relecom. Unfortunately, in the play-off he lost due to a bogey on a Par 3.

Golf Course News September 2007

Quinta do Vale
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
The Seve Ballesteros designed Quinta do Vale course near Castro Marim in the extreme east of the Algarve alongside the Guadiana River separating the Algarve and Andalusia is due to be ready for play in the next few months. Over-seeding with cool season grass on the Bermuda fairways has been carried out recently. Similar to the course opened in 2004 on Porto Santo Island that Seve also designed, Quinta do Vale has an equal number of six par-3, par-4 and par-5 holes.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Europe's finest young amateurs participated in the 'Portugal Nations Cup' which was held at Vale do Lobo on the Royal and Ocean Courses. Fourteen selected teams from their respected countries fought each other over three rounds with the English team taking first prize and Ireland in second.
Penina Championship
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
The 13º 'Canico Prainha Cup' was held on the Penina Championship Course near Portimao. This annual shot-gun event is basically by invitation only and this year the field was composed of 88 golfers. The 'Canico Cup' was won by Marta Lampreia, Portugal's national champion lady player. The 'Prainha Cup' was won by Sean Corte Real.
Boavista
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
In September, the Boavista Golf Club near Lagos which recently inaugurated its new Club House building, is staging an amateur team event for charity in aid of three institutions that take care of orphans, handicapped children and those with learning difficulties. Twenty firms and organisations are helping to sponsor the competition, and after the prize-giving the club is holding an auction for valuable prizes in its new Club House to boost the charity fund-raising efforts.
Oporto Golf Club
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
90 players participated in the 'Lexus Trophy' held on the Oporto Club Course near Porto. Jose Carlos Sousa won with 42 points with Mandim Lino taking second place with 40 points. The Ladies segment was won by Cathy Leao.
Penha Longa Atlantico
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
The 1º 'Royal Caribbean Golf Trophy' was held on the Penha Longa Course near Estoril was won by Emílio Fernandes with 27 points. Maria Cristina Matos won the net with 37 points.
Santo da Serra Golf
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
On Madeira Island in the TMN Tournament held on the Santo da Serra course, Kimberley Camacho and June Maul carried off the top prize with 65 net strokes. Two pairs tied for second place with 67 net strokes; Nina Haarguaard and Goretti Aveiro and Fernando Vieira and Francisco Goncalves.
Ponte de Lima
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
In the very north of Portugal on the Ponte de Lima Course, a round of the Spanish 'Copa de Ora de Galicia' series, brought together 112 Portuguese and Spanish players. Jose Casimiro Lima with 41 points took the net prize with Vasco Garcia Costa in second place.

International Golf News September 2007

Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Robert Dinwiddie won the Rolex Trophy, and Martin Wiegele won the Lexus Open, both events on the European Challenge Tour. Phil Mickelson climbed World Nº 2 with his two stroke victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second of the PGA Tour playoffs for the Fedex Cup at TPC Boston. The win took Phil Mickelson to an average of 10.03 Ranking Points per event which is 12.40 behind Tiger Woods who finished tied second along with Arron Oberholser and Brett Wetterich. The latter two climbed to Numbers 22 and 27 respectively. Another winner was Iain Pyman at the ECCO Tour Championship on the European Challenge Tour.
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Adam Scott, the World Nº 4 won The Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia with a final round of 66 and a three stroke victory over Nº 2 Jim Furyk. Scot'’s fifth PGA Tour title strengthened his hold on his position and secured for him the third position in the final 2006 PGA Tour Money List. Yang Yong-Eun from Korea won the HSCB Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in China with a final round of 69 and a two-stroke margin over World Number One Tiger Woods. Yang, who won the Kolon Hana Bank Korean Open on the Asian Tour and the Suntory Open on the Japan Golf Tour, both in September 2006, climbed to Nº 38th and a rise of 39 places. Padraig Harrington beat the defending champion Tiger Woods at the second extra hole to win the Dunlop Phoenix tournament at Phoenix Country Club, Miyazaki, Japan. The 2006 European Tour Order of Merit winner climbs 3 places in the Official World Golf Ranking to 8th, returning to the World Top 10 after an absence of 15 months. Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee survived a double bogey finish to win the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia. The win lifts Jaidee to second in the Final UBS Order of Merit on the Asian Tour and he will finish 2006 as the 75th ranked player in the World, a rise of 28 places. Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee survived a double bogey finish to win the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia. The win lifts Jaidee to second in the Final UBS Order of Merit on the Asian Tour and this placed him as the 75th ranked player in the World, a rise of 28 places. Ernie Els won the South African Airways Open at Humewood GC, Port Elizabeth by three strokes from compatriot and overnight leader Trevor Immelman after a brilliant final round of seven under par 65 in blustery conditions. Ernie Els climbed 3 places to World Nº 5 in the final World Golf Ranking of 2006, the position he also held at the end of 2005.

Golfers in the News September 2007

Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Tiger Woods - (USA) WGC - Bridgestone Invitational Firestone - Akron - Ohio - USA - 2nd to 5th August, 2007 Tiger Woods as the World Number One captured another win the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational for the sixth time at Firestone Country Club, Ohio. An eight stroke victory over England's Justin Rose and Rory Sabatini of South Africa. Tiger Woods extended his lead over Jim Furyk to 11.52 average points in the World Golf Ranking.
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Per-Ulrik Johansson - (Sweden) The Russian Open Golf Championship Moscow - Russia - 9th to 12th August, 2007 Sweden's Per-Ulrik Johansson claimed his first European Tour title for a decade with a six stroke victory in the Russian Open to climb 633 places to 253rd in the World Golf Ranking. Another winner was Magnus A Carlsson at the Challenge of Ireland on the European Challenge Tour.
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Tiger Woods - (USA) US PGA Championship Southern Hills - Tulsa - Oklahoma - USA - 9th to 12th August, 2007 Tiger Woods showed some more form by winning his second European Tour this month at Tulsa in the USA. He led the field home with fellow American golfer Woody Austin two strokes back and Ernie Els from South Africa a further one stroke.
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Mikko Ilonen - (Finland) Scandinavian Masters Arlandastad - Stockholm - Sweden - 16th to 19th August, 2007 Mikko Ilonen from Finland claimed his second European Tour victory of the year at the Scandinavian Masters played at Arlandastad GC in Stockholm, Sweden. The win took Mikko Ilonen into Nº 71 position with a jump of 47 places.
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Ross Fisher - (England) The KLM Open Kennemer - Zandvoort - The Netherlands - 23rd to 26th August, 2007 Ross Fisher won the KLM Open with a birdie at the final hole for a closing three under par 67 and a 12 under par 268 aggregate, taking the title by a stroke from young Dutchman Joost Luiten. Ross Fisher jumped up 97 places to Nº 161.
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Marc Warren - (Scotland) Johnnie Walker Championship Gleneagles - Perthshire - Scotland - 30th to 2nd September, 2007 Scotland's golfer Marc Warren picked up his second European Tour victory at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles after a play-off with England's Simon Wakefield. Marc Warren birdied the second extra hole to win and moved to Nº 124 and a rise of 67 places.

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