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Senior Tour - Qualifying School - Finals
Fri, 5th Feb 2016
Gary Marks led the field by one stroke in the final day of the European Senior Tour Qualifying Finals. It was a sunny but windy day with the latter at times tested the players in their placing abilities. Gary Marks from England, Barry Conser from the USA, Brenden McGovern from Ireland, Magnus Atlevi from Sweden and Ken Tarling from Canada earned their Senior Tour Cards and now have access to the European Senior Tour Schedule of events which includes the famous Carnoustie Course on the 21st of July.
Sat, 1st Aug 2015
On the 25th August the Rhiannon Trophy was held on the Pinta course in Carvoeiro with 100 participants. Job van Dalen won the day with 445 points with Gillian Duplessis taking second place. This is a special Trophy to raise funds to assist a child with special needs.
Mon, 1st Dec 2008
At the 72-hole European Senior Tour Qualifying School finals at the Vale da Pinta course, 52-year-old Jimmy Heggarty from Northern Ireland came back from a seven shot deficit going into the last round to card a 4-under score of 67 and lead the field, thus gaining his full card to play the Tour in 2009. South African Bertus Smit tied the Ulsterman's aggregate score of 277 but the latter earned top honours as Smit post a level par 71 in round four. Alfonso Barrera also escaped with his card, and in fact would have been the outright winner, had he not been penalized two strokes for practicing a putt that he had missed on the third green. While positions seven to fourteen gain cards in Category Nine from the Qualifying School Final, a further 12 players gained playing privileges for 2009 as Allan, Towne and Michael Lord all celebrate their 50th birthdays, and thus gaining eligibility for the Senior Tour, during the course of the 2009 season. The remaining four players to gain full playing privileges were Englishmen Peter Allan and Kevin Spurgeon, Alfonso Barrera from Argentina as well as U.S. pro, Greg Towne who led until scoring an almost disastrous 42 on the last nine holes.
Fri, 1st Feb 2008
The Pestana Vale da Pinta Course and Resort was granted the first Eco-Golf certificate issued by TUV Rheinland Group to be given out in Portugal. In addition to the golf certificate, the resort also received an Eco-Hotel one, the objective of both being to maintain environmentally friendly policies with strict regulations on energy, water, and waste materials issues.
Tue, 1st Jan 2008
The Algarve was once again the location for the 7º 'Seniors Qualifiers Event', the final being played on the Pinta Course in Carvoeiro. The only Portuguese resident to pass the final phase and qualify with the international names was Brian Evans who hails from Pinheiros Altos course near Almancil.
Fri, 1st Jun 2007
The 'Solverde Algarve Open', one of the Pro tournaments of the 2007 Lexus Portuguese PGA Tour, was held at the Vale da Pinta course at the end of May and included players from 11 other PGAs. Tiago Cruz dominated the event from day one with a round of 67 strokes. He followed on with rounds of 68 and 66 to take the trophy and a cheque. Ricardo Santos scored a 6 under par total of 207 tying for 2nd place with Spanish amateur Gonzalo Vicente. Our home-grown players were Sean Hawker and Antonio Sobrinho whom tied for 4th place on 209. The event was followed on 28th May by a Pro-Am Texas Scramble comprising of 24 teams and was won after a count-back. With a net score of 55 strokes by amateurs Antonio Moutinho, Pedro Silva and Joao Eca Pinheiro alongside their professional team captain Henrique Paulino.
Fri, 1st Dec 2006
There was an exciting conclusion to the PGA European Seniors Tour qualifying school staged at the Vale da Pinta course in the Carvoeiro area. All the usual sudden death play-offs for the top six full cards and 11 provisional cards for the 2007 Seniors Tour season created a sense of keen competition. However, two players created a stir when Spain's excitable Emílio Rodriguez and the much calmer David Merriman from Australia, tied on 9 under par and fought out a sudden death decider for the £3,500 (€5,168) winner's cheque. It was the Australian club pro from Sydney who triumphed at the 2nd play-off hole, a par-5 fourth hole, calmly sinking a 14-foot birdie putt after Rodriguez failed to reach the green in three following a wayward fairway wood 2nd shot ended up blocked out in the right-hand rough. David Merriman had previously said: 'As a golf pro you want to play competitive golf, so I thought I would come over to Europe and give it a crack'. Winning the event was the icing on the cake for him.
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
The Qualifying School for 14 places on the 2007 PGA Seniors Tour will be held once again in the Algarve this year. Quinta de Cima and Pinheiros Altos will host the Stage One qualifiers on the 16-17th November, followed by the 72-hole final at the Vale de Pinta course at the Pestana Golf Resort, Carvoeiro on November the 20th-23rd.
Thu, 1st Dec 2005
At the Vale de Pinta Course the PGA European Seniors Tour Qualifying School Finals were also affected by storm damage on the opening day but course maintenance staff, aided by many volunteers, made massive efforts to make the course playable. Full cards to play on the 2006 Tour were available for the top six players and conditional ones for a further eleven. It was 56-year-old Aussie, Stewart Ginn who came out on top with a steady 72-hole total of 274 (10 under par), with only 4 dropped shots. Until now Ginn who plays on the US Champions Tour, and winner at the 'Ford Seniors Players Championship' (one of the majors in 2003), he now wants to change his career and succeed on the European Tour. Winning the Q-School is a tonic to Stewart Ginn's aspirations. The other full cards went to Kurt Cox (USA), Bobby Lincoln and Bertus Smit (SA), Stephen Chadwick (Eng), and Rigoberto Velasquez who will turn 50 in September. His place until then will be taken by Angel Fernandez from Chile. Amongst the winners of conditional cards, who were involved in playoffs to secure them, was our Brian Evans the local Pro at Pinheiros Altos.

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