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Palmares Golf Course News & Notices

Algarve Pro Golf Tour - Curtis Griffiths
Mon, 20th Feb 2017
Palmares Classic IV - Palmares Golf Course - Lagos - Algarve - 17th February, 2017.

English golfer Curtis Griffiths beat local Portuguese player Ricardo Santos by one stroke to win the Palmares Classic IV.

Almond Blossom Tournament - Palmares Course
Tue, 17th Jan 2017
On the 24th of January the 38th annual Almond Blossom Tournament will commence on the Palmares Course with a Shotgun start at 10:00 hrs. This competition is the oldest in the Algarve and will provide 4 days play before closing on the 28th. Each day's play will vary in format and the entrance fee for each visitors is € 245.00.
Atlantic Golf Soceity
Sun, 1st May 2016
The Atlantic Golf Society will be holding its next competition on Wednesday the 4th of May on the Palmares course.
Ricardo Santos
Thu, 18th Feb 2016
Ricardo Santos - Palmares Pro Classic IV - 12th to 13th February, 2016.

Local Algarvian Ricardo Santos won the Palmares Pro Classic IV by just the one stroke from two English golfers, Reece Samson and Darren Wright.

Palmares Classic V Trophy
Sun, 14th Feb 2016
Former Walker Cup player Gary Hurley won the Palmares Classic V Trophy on the Lagos Course by one stroke from Joao Carlota, Craig Farrelly and Sam Robertshawe on the 9th of February.
Sam Robertshawe
Tue, 9th Feb 2016
Sam Robertshawe - Algarve Pro Golf Tour - Palmares Classic V - 8th February.

English golfer Sam Robeertshawe took the win by one stroke on the Palmares Course from fellow Englishman James Steven with Tom Hayward in third place. The best placed Portuguese player was Ricardo Santos in eight position.

Thu, 1st Jan 2015
The Palmares course near Lagos is holding its 36th annual Almond Blossom Tournament from the 27th to the 31st of January. Public entry cost € 225.00 - The Gala Dinner is € 45.00. Details can be obtained by contacting the course directly.
Wed, 1st Apr 2009
An annual traditional tournament week played at the beginning of the year is the Almond Blossom on the Palmares Course near Lagos where work recently commenced on a radical modification and expansion programme. This was the 32nd time the event was staged and although the number of players was lower than usual there was no lack of enthusiasm amongst the golfers. The standard of play in the opening individual Stableford was not too high with Paul Griffiths winning with 31 points whilst Beverley Osborne took the ladies' prize with 26. Griffiths showed better form in the better ball Stableford on day two in partnership with Neil Hawkins and won again, this time with 45 points, only one ahead of Kornelia Troyer and Christine Tolos. The aggregate Stableford tournament saw Lennaart Nilsson from Sweden and playing partner Peter Philgren amass a winning 68-point score, three ahead of runners-up M. Callaway and Cyril Teasdale. There was a surprise winner in the final day Palmares Golf Trophy which is an 18-hole stroke-play competition. For the first time in the history of this event, a lady was the overall winner with a steady net score of 71, level par. Often a prize winner in previous Almond Blossom tournaments, Kornelia Troyer this time round left all the male competitors in her wake. The best gross score, carded by Alfred Henighen, was 81 strokes.
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
The Solverde Casino and Hotel Group 2008 series of golf tournaments which had started at Oporto Golf Club in April, continued at the Palmares course, near Lagos, on 31st May and 1st June respectively. Palmares Golf also hosts the final golf event on 25th-26th October to be played by the best ten players in two handicap divisions in all tournaments of the series. Amongst the 20 golfers who qualified for the final at Palmares was Frederico Rosa, former Benfica and Portuguese international footballer. Two of the three remaining qualifying tournaments are also being staged in the Algarve – at the Quinta de Cima/Quinta da Ria courses and then the Oceânico Victoria and Oceânico Old Course in June and July
Fri, 1st Feb 2008
The 31st Almond Blossom series of tournaments took place at Palmares. The almond trees dotted around the course, particularly on the back nine were out in their full splendour, thanks to a full week of sunshine with only light breezes. This perfect weather, allied to the fast, true greens and overall fine condition of the course led to some excellent scoring, especially the round of 63 net (8 under par) by Roland Wallace to take the overall net prize on the final day, the 'Palmares Golf Trophy'. Roland Wallace had already won the opening event, an individual Stableford, carding 38 points. The scenic Palmares course which overlooks the coastline just east of Lagos, has been devoid of property development since it opened in 1975. In the near future, this is due to change into a prime €400 million 200-hectare golf resort with a 5-star hotel and villas, and a new nine golf holes are also being built.
Tue, 1st Jan 2008
Carlos Poucochinho was the winner of the 1º 'Caipimel Trophy' which was played on Palmares.
Sun, 1st Oct 2006
Former footballer, John Aldridge, is hosting the 5th edition of his 'Charity Classic' from 12th to the 14th October, with participants playing along with several celebrity footballers, jockeys Keiran Fallon and John Carroll, as well as Vince Earle the comedian. The golfing part of the programme takes place at the Palmares and Morgado courses.
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
During the 29th Almond Blossom Tournament week the weather was ideal for golf apart from a one-hour delay on the second day due to frost, The main winners were: Individual Stableford: Ladies – Kornelia Troyer (31 points); Men – David Minns (38) after a count-back from Terence McManus. Solverde Casinos Trophy: Pairs, Better-ball Stableford – 1st, Barry Milner & William Spearing (41 pts.); 2nd, Jack Walters & Oliver Snushull (39); 3rd, Peter Pihlgren & Christer Cajander (38). Oceanico Developments Trophy: Pairs, Aggregate Stableford – 1st, Jose Custodio & Johannes Zegers (68 ps.); 2nd, Lars Enstrom & Svante Odman (65); 3rd, Candido de Oliveira Sr. & Jr. (65). Palmares Golf Trophy: Individual Medal Play – Overall (Net), David Minns (67 strokes); Gross, Jose Custodio (79); Ladies - Net, Kornelia Troyer (78); Men – 1st H'cap Division, Alan Perry (74 net), and 2nd H'cap Division, C. Pinto Coelho (71 net).
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
The well-organized 4-day Divot Tournament took place at the Palmares course with a daily field of about 40 players. Three different competitions were held, the main one being a 36-hole individual Stableford for the Divot Trophy. In the opening Texas Scramble, the team comprising of Janet Kaye, David Minns, Ken Harvey and former Portuguese international footballer Amilcar Fonseca took the top prize. The Better Ball pairs Stableford was won by Sue Dicken and Dennis Martin, whilst the Divot Trophy went to Stuart Buckley who is a recent arrival in the Algarve. Tony Seal and Jeff Hardman followed closely behind.
Thu, 1st Dec 2005
Palmares Course was the venue of the 1st 'Clube Porto-Mos Tournament' at the end of November organised in conjunction with the Lagos Golf Club which is one of the most popular societies in the western Algarve. A total of 74 players took part in the 18-hole Stableford tournament, and included a golf clinic and putting competition. The veteran teaching Pro, Luis Espadinha, was on hand teaching beginners which including the Lagos Mayor, Dr. Julio Barroso, The main trophy winners were: Overall - Joaquim Silva; 1st Net, Men – Amilcar Fonseca; 1st Net, Ladies – Lurdes Cerol; 1st Gross – Jose Custodio.
Thu, 1st Dec 2005
The 'John Aldridge Charity Golf Classic' was played over two days, at the Morgado and Palmares Courses. Now in its 4th year this event has been successful in raising funds of over 70,000 Euros for children's charities in Ireland, Portugal, as well as in John's birthplace being Liverpool. Apart from the host, the Irish international footballer Jim Belgin, the Scots Gary Gillespie and David Speedie, and several other celebrities played in the 16 four-man team event. The Do Ron's team won with 179 points and Amendoeira were second, only two strokes behind. David Speedie took the celebrity prize and Mike Feeley was the overall individual winner.
Tue, 1st Mar 2005
Palmares held their well-known annual Almond Blossom Championship week in early February with brilliant sunshine throughout, although unusual frost welcomed the early starters. Golfers who were able to master the lightning fast undulating greens topped the leader-boards in the four separate tournaments, and the overall winners therefore deserved their well won prizes. In the opening competition William Milliken won the men's prize with 43 Stableford points, and Dra. Maria de Lourdes Cerol (35 points) was the leading lady. This was followed by a Stableford better-ball pairs event which was won by Ed Aldiss and Julio Pires with 44 points. The names of Candido de Oliveira Sr. and Jr., keep appearing in the winners lists at Algarve golf events and this was no exception as they took top spot in Thursday's aggregate Stableford competition played off 3/4 handicap. They amassed an impressive 67 points to coast into first place by 6 points. In the culminating Palmares Golf Trophy, a stroke-play tournament played off the championship tees, Julio Pires was the overall winner with 67 strokes net, with Alan Winstanley taking 1st place gross after carding 73 strokes (2 over par). The ladies' prizes went to Kornelia Troyer (2nd division, 70 net) and Maria Keupers (1st division, 69 net), and the men's 1st and 2nd division winners were Doug Gilchrist (73) and Alex Winstanley (74).
Mon, 1st Dec 2003
A special event to look forward to is the 'EuroPro Tour Championship Final' on 24th to the 26th of October at Palmares where spectators can watch at no charge many up-and-coming professionals, including the local favourite Antonio Sobrinho, who has a chance to win the Order of Merit title or at least make the top few who can gain promotion to the Challenge Tour.
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.
Tue, 1st Jul 2003
The 26th annual 'Almond Blossom Championship' commenced on the 26th of January with a full compliment of 156 players. The 'Tivoli Hotel Lagos Trophy' was won by David Hicks in the Mens Stableford, and Christine Stone in the Ladies Stableford. The 'Solverde Casino Pairs Trophy' was won by Peter Philgreen and Sten Odman. The 'Mundo Golfe Pairs Trophy' was won by Antonio Camacho and John Symon.
Sat, 1st Feb 2003
In May of 1981 Francisco Cabral (Kico)took over from Antonio Pontes in the direction of the Palmares Golf Course near Lagos on one of the most attractive courses in the Algarve. The course is designed so that it runs southwards from the crest of the Meia Praia hill down to holes constructed on top of the sand dunes and then back up the slope to the Clubhouse. Whilst playing their round the players have magnificent elevated views over the ever changing blue of the sea in the Bay of Lagos that stretches endlessly to the horizon. The timing of the opening of the course in 1976 was unfortunate as tourism had yet not recovered from the dramatic events of the previous year. Added to this was the fact that the owner and his assets had been seized by the new and temporary 'government' in Lisbon. Construction around the course of homes was obviously placed to one side and until this day the fact that there are only almond trees instead of residential property lining the fairways is another one of its natural charms. Unlike many of the other Algarve courses, Palmares has from the beginning had to look to the residential market to provide an important part of its income. Under the popular direction of Kico Cabral there is a very active local Membership which over the years has grown steadily alongside that of the visiting golfer. Kico acquired his love of the sport from his father who was a founding member of the Estoril Golf Course near Lisbon. His father was such a strong player that he was selected to partner the Prince of Wales on his visit to Portugal. The Prince of Wales was later to become the ill-fated King Edward VIII. During the twenty-one years at Palmares, Kico has seen three different owners which at times has required some deft footwork on his part to keep things running smoothly. The present owners are who Sonae S.A. have exciting plans on the drawing board which will undoubtedly change this serene and scenic course. Looking back Kico considers that the progress of golf in the Algarve 'has been in a wise way and at a pace that has fitted in with what the rest of the development of the Algarve'. To assist in this he has been an active member of the Algarve Golf Courses Association, having been its past President and generally influencing its progress. Over the years Kico has built an experienced team that is lead by Urbano Aguas and Miguel Sousa, the Commercial Manager. A recent third member of many years standing was Dennis Garvey who has just recently moved to another course near Lagos. Regina is the Head Receptionist with Sandra, Monica, Rita and Magarida to assist. Buggies now fall under the responsibilities of Antonio Correia, the Course Controller who has been at Palmares from the day it officially opened. The Greenkeeper Eng. Henriques da Silva has only recently joined the team. He brings considerable experience from his other courses which include Vila Sol at Vilamoura, Praia D'El Rey to the north of Lisbon, and Troia just south of Setubal. Another old-timer is the Head Pro, Luís Espadinha, who has been part of the staff from the day it opened. The Assistant Pro is the well known Jose Dias who is at present rated 4th in the General Portuguese Golf Order of Merit, and placed 3rd in the Portuguese total winnings list. He will be one of the Portuguese contingent taking part in the 'Algarve Portuguese Open' at Vale do Lobo this coming April. Prominently above the desk in Kico's office is a framed photo of the late Sir Henry Cotton. He was to Kico more than his a close personal friend for in his words he was 'his guiding light'. This fact coupled with his membership of St Andrews will hardly keep Kico from disappearing out of his beloved golfing world!
Sat, 1st Feb 2003
At the beginning of month of February the 'Almond Blossom Trophy' was contested on the Palmares Course near Lagos. The overall winner was Luis Costa with a net of 69. Following closely behind was Lars Elstrom with 70 and F. Boswall with 71. The Mens Net winner was Valdemar Afonso with a 73. Three players tied for the Ladies Net with 75. They were Sue Farmer, Mary Lock and Melenie Lock. The Gross Mens scores were taken by Antonio Correia and Jeremy Dier, and the Ladies was won by Anke Croteau.

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