Golf Course News April 2009

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.
Wed, 1st Apr 2009
The final of the Pot of Gold series of tournaments was held at the new O'Connor course at the Oceanico Amendoeira Resort near Alcantarilha. Organised by Golfocus, this 4-player team event involved competitions throughout 2008 at six other courses: Quinta do Vale, Quinta da Ria, Pinheiros Altos, Penina, Quinta do Lago and Benamor. With participants representing their favorite restaurants in the Algarve. The final was a closely fought affair as three teams started tied in first place based on their aggregate results over the series.
Wed, 1st Apr 2009
In March, the four-day Divot Tournament is being played at both the Morgado courses near Portimao from the 23rd to 27th with a rest day on the 25th. The week includes three separate events, an opening 18-hole Texas Scramble, 36-hole individual and 18-hole pairs competitions.
Penina Championship
Wed, 1st Apr 2009
The Penina Golf & Resort is launching a new tournament to honour Mr. John Stilwell who created the Penina Hotel and Sir Henry Cotton who designed the golf course back in the early 60s and in fact was responsible for starting the golf revolution in the Algarve. The prize is called the 'John Stilwell's Trophy', and the inaugural Tournament is being played on the 11th April. Details may be obtained by contacting the Golf Desk at the Penina Hotel.
Porto Santo Golfe
Wed, 1st Apr 2009
Estanislao Goya - (Argentina) Madeira Islands Open Porto Santo - Madeira - Portugal - 19th to 22nd March, 2009 This victory in Madeira gave Estanislao Goya his second win on the European Tour in 164 attempts. He finished one stroke ahead of Callum Macaulay from Scotland, followed by Wil Besseling from Holland and Damien McGrane from Ireland.

International Golf News April 2009

Wed, 1st Apr 2009
Phil Mickelson retained the Northern Trust Open title, edging out Steve Stricker by one stroke after a final round of one-over-par 72. Stricker had six birdies in a four-under-par 67 but was overtaken by Mickelson who birdied 16 and 17 for his 35th career PGA victory. Mickelson held a four-stroke, third-round lead, but after starting with an eagle at the opening hole then dropped five shots in 13 holes before his late recovery. Mickelson jumped 2 places in the World Golf Ranking to Nº 3.

Golfers in the News April 2009

Wed, 1st Apr 2009
Phil Mickelson - (USA) WGC - CA Championship Doral Golf - Florida - USA - 12th to 15th March, 2009 With this win Phil Mickelson from the USA added his total victories on the European Tour now to nine. It was a tight finish with Nick Watney only one stroke behind and Jim Furyk a further two strokes back. Phil Mickelson was placed in 19th position in the World Rankings.
Wed, 1st Apr 2009
Soren Kjeldsen - (Denmark) Open de Andalucia de Golf Real Club de Golf de Sevilla - Spain - 26th to 29th March, 2009 With his Spanish win Soren Kjeldsen brought his total of European Tour wins up to three. He was three strokes less than his nearest rival David Drysdale form Scotland. Following a further one stroke behind was Francesco Molinari from Italy and Graeme Storm from England.

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