Penina Championship Golf Course News & Notices

7th afpop-Medal Insurance Tournament
Sun, 18th Sep 2016
The Penina Championship course was the scene of the 7th afpop-Medal Insurance tournament with over sixty golfers. The winners were Jack Archibald and Liz Turner. The date is now fixed for the 8th tournament which will be 13th of September, 2017.
Penina Charity Event
Sun, 7th Aug 2016
The Penina is holding a 'Charity Event' on the 13th of August in aid of two local charities. The competition is open to a maximum of 120 entrants. The maximum handicap for the tournament is 28 for men and 36 for women. The cost per golfer is € 60.00 to include the tournament, cocktails and dinner. After dinner there will be live music to dance to end the evening. Dinner and cocktails for non-players will be € 30.00.
Sat, 1st Aug 2015
86 golfers participated in an event on the Penina Championship Course on August 15th which was followed by a gala dinner and raising a total of just under €10,000 for local charities.
Sat, 1st Aug 2009
The annual Sir Henry Cotton Trophy took place with a good international field of players at its permanent venue, the Penina Championship course that rightly bears the famous maestro's name. This time the 18-hole medal-play tournament was won by Lagos GC member Jose Armando Rodrigues with a 2-under-par net score of 71 after a count-back with Peter Mills (Penina GC) and Antonio Gloria (Carvoeiro GC) who were awarded the 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.
Fri, 1st May 2009
The inaugural John Stilwell's Trophy was a great success and attracted a field of close to a 100 players for the 18-hole individual Stableford tournament played over the Sir Henry Cotton Championship course at the Penina. Former honorary British Consul in the Algarve, Dr. Jose Pearce de Azevedo, was on hand at the prize-giving lunch and gave an interesting speech to honour Mr. John Stilwell for his pioneering spirit in bringing golf to the Algarve in the early 1960s. The Penina Hotel Operations Manager Mathieu de Tonnac and Golf Manager Leonel Rio presented the prizes with first place going to Sr. Gomes Mota who scored 41 points. Mota's 21 points on the back nine against 19 separated him from 2nd placed Giuseppe Ghezzo who also scored a total of 41 points. John Russell was 3rd, only one point further back.
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.
Fri, 1st Aug 2008
The 'Golfe e Comunicacao' series of tournaments played throughout Portugal which is now in its 18th year, is run by Mario Carvalhosa. In 2008 it includes eleven 36-hold individual Stableford events, eight of which in the Algarve plus one each at Montebelo in the north, the Azores archipelago (Furnas and Batalha courses), and finally at the Ballesteros designed layout on Porto Santo Island (near Madeira). The net winners in two handicap divisions of these 11 tournaments qualify to play in a grand final that takes place early next year near Capetown, South Africa. An impressive list of sponsors provide support and prizes, names such as Le Meridien, Black & Decker, Europcar, Johnnie Walker, Lacoste, Luso mineral water, Nevada Bob's Golf shops, Sata Airlines and Solverde Casinos, to mention a few. The latest tournament was staged at the Penina Sir Henry Cotton course where several fantastic scores were returned. Pedro Saldanha taking the scratch to 12 handicap division with an aggregate of 78 points, and Joao Navega won the 12.1 to 18 handicap division with the same tally. Other main prize-winners at the event were: Constantin Schmid (best gross), Fatima Pita (best lady) and Antonio Osorio (best senior).
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
Sir Henry Cooper and his merry band of celebrities played alongside other contributing amateurs in their annual visit to the Penina Golf & Resort for the 'Sir Henry Cooper Charity Golf Classic' and that of the late Mike Reid. A total of 23 four-player teams took part in practice rounds as well as the main 54-hole tournament over the Palmares, Boavista and Penina courses. Martin Herdman and his 'Sony Walkman' team put up a brave defense of their title with 247 Stableford points, but ended up six behind the 2008 winners 'Agency One' comprising actor Kevin Whately, Max Morgan, Andy Parry and Hugh Bush. Comedian Paul Thornley's' team, 'Return of the Red Eye' came in 2nd with 250 points, followed by the Penina team (249) captained by actor Nick Burns, and a Bill Goff team led by Graham Bradley, the jockey. The best individual celebrity score over the three rounds was carded by football coach, Brian Kidd, with 112 points, two clear of Nick Burns. Actor J.J. Field scored 109 and actor/comedian Simon Farnaby came in 4th place with a round 100.
Sun, 1st Jun 2008
On the 25th, Julio Marcelo won the 2008 Sir Henry Cotton Trophy with 70 strokes net, but only after a tie-break as he bettered Lawrence Harris's score over the back nine holes. Nuno Faustino came in third with a tally of 72 strokes, and the gross prizes went to Jenny Rhodes (75) and Sebastian Crockall (76).
Thu, 1st May 2008
Sir Henry Cooper together with his celebrity friends and other participants are back to western Algarve in May for the annual 'Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic' which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. Mike Reid's name will continue in the tournament name in spite of his sudden death last year. The first round of the main event is played at Palmares on 12th May, then play continues at the Boavista course on the 15th May, and culminates at Penina the following day. Many familiar faces will be playing: Johnny Briggs, John Virgo, Willie Thorne, Brian Kidd, Dave Jessup and Alan Wells together with the 2007 winner, actor Martin Herdman. This well supported event is a real fun occasion and raises funds for various charities.
Tue, 1st Apr 2008
The Penina Golf & Resort has now re-opened its totally refurbished and expanded driving range and practice facilities, with the addition of five target greens on the 4-hectare area. To improve drainage, the site was built up with a 50-cm. layer of soil and it was entirely re-seeded. Apart from a new irrigation system, the facilities include a new putting-green, chipping-green and practice bunker. Up to 70 players can now practice simultaneously at the Penina range from grassed bays, making it one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
Tue, 1st Jan 2008
Readers could easily be forgiven for thinking that this merry group of golfers were helping the winner of 'Lucky Golfer 2007', Miles Meredith Jones, to celebrate his good fortune. However, this is really a photograph of happy winning golfers on New Year's Eve on the Penina Course, having taken part in the 'Champagne Piper Heidsiek Golf Tournament'. The first place going to a Team consisted of John Philipson and Anoren O'Laughton, whilst, close behind was the Team composed of Antonio Castelo and Francisco Brito.
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.
Fri, 1st Jun 2007
Sir Henry Cooper and Mike Reid, together with another 22 celebrities playing alongside 3-golfer teams, were back in the Algarve in May for the ninth consecutive year 'Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic' and enjoy the friendly competitive atmosphere that this event always creates. Based at the Hotel Penina, the group played at the San Lorenzo, Palmares, Boavista and Penina Championship courses. The winning team with 247 points was headed by Martin Herdman, a multi-talented former Olympic and professional boxer, international rugby league player, musician, singer and shopkeeper, and now also a well-known TV and film actor. His team members were Jason Preston, Mark King and Kevin Fox. Ex-speedway ace, Dave Jessup won the individual celebrity prize with a 3-round tally of 109 points, 12 ahead of both Clive Russell and Mike Reid.
Fri, 1st Jun 2007
The 'Sir Henry Cotton Trophy' was played at Penina course according to tradition on the last Sunday in May. Eighty golfers took part in this stroke-play event, now in its 18th year, and with the Maestro's Championship Course in fine condition, Nuno Faustino carded 71 net to take the historical trophy. There was a tie for 2nd on 74 net for the runner-up spot which was attributed to Getulio Jorge on a count-back, leaving Leslie Harris with the third place prize. Sebastian Crookall-Nixon won the best gross in the Mens division with a fine score of 76 (3 over par), and Balaia Village golf manager, Maria Jose Pinto, returned 90 gross to win the Ladies prize.
Fri, 1st Sep 2006
The biggest date in golf coming up soon is Penina's 40th anniversary. As most of the golfing cognoscenti know, the Penina Championship course is the Algarve's pioneering golf venue and idealised by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton in the late 1960s. The official date of this anniversary and of the famous Penina Hotel is the 5th of November. This date will be preceded by a 36-hole 4-player team tournament, for the 'Henry Cotton Team Trophy' on 27th and 28th of October.
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
The Penina Championship course staged its annual tournament for the prestigious Sir Henry Cotton Trophy on the final Sunday in May. Local knowledge was obviously the key to winning as club members were well represented in the five leading players. It was the lady captain, Ulla Bischoff, who had her name engraved on the cup by carding a 4-under score of 69. Three strokes behind her were Doug Moody, Pedro Rio and Pim Hirschmann, followed by Peter Hills in 5th place on level-par 73. Prizes for the best ladies and mens gross scores went to Ann Munro (88 strokes) and Steve Juster with a well gained 75.
Thu, 1st Jun 2006
The 'Sir Henry Cooper and Mike Reid Charity Classic' was a special success for 6-handicapper Sion Tudor-Owen this year. Playing in this Penina based event for the sixth time, the well-known TV and film actor was pleased as punch to win the main 54-hole competition leading his Herald Graphics team to victory with a score of 236 Stableford points. Clive Russell's Regal Bandits were the runner-up team on 233, closely followed by the Sony 3 team headed by Clive Abbot another shot adrift. The event raised a sizable sum for children's charities and was played on Sky Sports TV.
Mon, 1st May 2006
From 14th to 19th May, the Penina is hosting the 8th 'Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic' with many sports and entertainment celebrities who play alongside teams of three amateur golfers to raise funds for good causes. The famous celebrates coming this year are: Sir Henry Cooper, Mike Reid, Clive Abbot, Michael Greco, Willie Thorne, Tim Healy, Sion Tudor Owen, Gareth Hunt, Dave Jessup, Dennis Waterman, Kenny Lynch, Berni Flint, Johnny Briggs, PH Moriarty, John Dymond, Stan Boardman, Robert Pugh and Allan Wells. Apart from playing twice on the Penina course, the participants will also have competition rounds at Boavista, San Lorenzo and Palmares. On Sunday the 28th, Penina will also be holding their annual 'Sir Henry Cotton Trophy', a traditional tournament on the Algarve golfing calendar.
Sat, 1st Apr 2006
Paul Broadhurst - (England) Algarve Open de Portugal Penina Golf & Resort - Portimao - Portugal - 30th to 2nd April, 2006 Many golfers will have watched Paul Broadhurst's successful defense of his last year's Portuguese Open title on TV. This was the 10th time it was staged at the Sir Henry Cotton Championship course at Penina, and was also the 50th Portuguese Open. It took place in ideal Algarve weather, with the main difficulty being the rough which had been allowed to grow and causing players to place a premium on precision driving and approach shots. In fact, that proved to be the secret of Paul Broadhurst's victory, allied to some inspired putting on the large, immaculate greens. When the long-hitting Argentine, Ricardo Gonzalez snatched a 1-stroke lead after a 3rd round record-equaling 64 to go 13 under par, it seemed that he would follow this up with a win. Especially after Paul Broadhurst, the 18- and 36-hole leader, had stumbled to a double bogey and a bogey birdie finish in his 3rd round. But it was Ricardo Gonzalez who faltered right from the start of the last round with errant driving and failed to find the fairway off the tee on the opening 5 holes which he still covered in level par. Paul Broadhurst picked up 4 birdies over these holes and was only eventually threatened by surges from two other players. The talented Argentine, 24-year-old rookie Andres Romero, who scored 30 for the front nine, and Anthony Wall, who scored 3 birdies in the last 4 holes and carded his 3rd consecutive 67, in spite of having a 10-foot putt on the 17th lip out of the hole. Paul Broadhurst had a few scares with wayward shots over the closing holes, including a tee-shot into the lake on the 185-metre 13th for a double bogey, and a dropped shot on the 17th. In the press interview afterwards Paul Broadhurst admitted he did not know how he stood in the competition until the 18th tee when he learned that he required a birdie on the last hole. He proceeded to achieve this with a chip from the back left of the green and leaving him a virtual tap-in for his 1-stroke victory. As far as local golfers are concerned, only Tiago Cruz who had recently turned Pro, had managed to pass the 36-hole cut and he ended on 2 over par in a tie for 67th place.
Wed, 1st Mar 2006
The next big upcoming attraction golf-wise is the 'Portuguese Open' that returns to Sir Henry Cotton's Championship course at Penina (March 30 to April 2). The winner of this important competition when last held at the Penina was Miguel Angel Jimenez from Spain and nicknamed 'The Mechanic'. Since he now actively plays most of his golf on the USPGA Tour it is unlikely that he will be back to defend his title. The surprise winner last year of the 'Portuguese Open' which was staged on the Oitavos course near Cascais was Paul Broadhurst. He won his title after several players ruined their last round cards on the few closing holes. We anticipate some big names taking part at the Penina this year as the need for Ryder Cup points becomes more pressing.
Sat, 1st Oct 2005
On 20th September, the PGA European Tour and the Le Meridien Hotel Group announced that the 'Algarve Open de Portugal'is to be held once again at Penina's designed by Sir Henry Cotton and the first Championship course to be built in the Algarve. First held here in 1973 the next year's Open will be the tenth time it will be staged at this venerable course.
Tue, 1st Mar 2005
Le Meridien Penina staged the 10th Henry Cotton Team Trophy on the 26th-27th with 21 four-player teams taking part. Included were teams from clubs with which Sir Henry in his lifetime had close connections, such as Temple, Ashridge and the Penina itself. The team comprising PGA European Tour staff, Ian Barker, James Finnigan, Gary Tait and M. Lichtenhein, cruised to victory with a total of 165 better-ball Stableford points, nine ahead of local team, GMDA, with the Le Meridien team a further point behind in 3rd place. The best individual prize for golf writers playing in the tournament went to Jeremy Elmwood with a score of 72 points.
Mon, 1st Nov 2004
The 'Golf & Communication' circuit, now in its 14th year, included nine golf tournaments in 2004, four of which in the Algarve. In October, the last on was staged at the Le Meridien Penina championship course. About 100 golfers, mainly from the rest of continental Portugal and took part in the two-day 36-hole aggregate Stableford competition, blessed with the usual warm sunny weather. The best gross prize was won by Eng. Mario M. Pinto, former president of the Portuguese Golf Federation, who amassed 59 points. As for the net results, Antonio Santos, San Lorenzo golf director, won the 1st handicap division with 74 points, with the 2nd division prize going to Jose Vicente (76), both qualifying for the final in Thailand. Maria Trindade won the ladies' prize with 53 points, and Celestiano Henriques was the best senior player.
Thu, 1st Jul 2004
The second tournament of the 'Golfe & Comunicacao 2004' circuit was sponsored by Le Meridien Penina and played on their Championship course. Now in its 14th year, the circuit organised by Sr. Mario Carvalhosa comprises of nine 36-hole aggregate Stableford tournaments throughout continental Portugal played during the year. Early in the New Year all the winners qualify to play in the final, usually played in another country. The winners at the Penina were: 1st gross – Miguel Abreu (60 points); 1st net (men) under 12 hcap - Mario Dias (81); 1st net (men) 13-24 hcap – Jose Monteiro (75); 1st net (ladies) – Ulla Bischoff (75), and 1st net (seniors) – Henrique Mota (68).
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
'The Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic', sponsored by Sony, was again a resounding success. After individual competitions at Penina and San Lorenzo courses, plus the first two rounds of the Classic team event played at Boavista and Palmares, the grand finale was played at the host venue of the Penina course designed by Sir Henry Cotton. A total of 22 Celeb/Am teams took part in the Classic. In an exciting climax led by Nigel Mansell by pipping comedian Stan Boardman's team by a mere 2 Stableford points. Nigel Mansell, who is a 1 handicap golfer and his son Leo who plays off 3, openly admitted that they enjoyed some local advantage with Penina staff members Leonel Rio and Joaquim Palma in their team.
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
With six players tying for 1st place on a level par score of 73 net, it was no mean feat to decide the winner at this year's 'Sir Henry Cotton Trophy' at Le Meridien Penina. After the committee's deliberation and careful checking of handicaps and scorecards, Tomas Gouveia was declared the victor of the handsome trophy. The runner-up was D. Moody, followed by Bob Coe, Mark Stilwell and Jorge Oliveira. The men's gross prize went to A. Murphy, and the ladies to Mrs. Watson.
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The Penina Course is once again the venue of the 'Sir Henry Cooper & Mike Reid Charity Golf Classic' being played this year from 15th to the 22nd of May. As usual a number of celebrities will also be taking part including the racing driver Nigel Mansell.
Sat, 1st May 2004
Miguel Angel Jimenez - (Spain) Algarve Open de Portugal Penina - Portimao - Algarve - Portugal - 1st to 4th April, 2004 April teed off with the 'Algarve Open de Portugal' at the Penina and was helped by the perfect spring weather making the tournament a great success. It has been a long time since the favorite won and Miguel Angel Jimenez did it in style by exploding from the sand and tapping in for birdie on the 72nd to take the title by two strokes over another 40-year-old player, Terry Price from Australia. Terry Price's last round 64 equaled the course record set about an hour before by Robert Karlsson, propelling the former up the leaderboard from 33rd to the runner-up spot. Miguel Angel Jimenez therefore made sure of his place in this year's Ryder Cup team with this victory.
Sun, 1st Feb 2004
The 9th 'Henry Cotton International Team Trophy' was held on the Le Meridien Penina Championship course but unfortunately due to heavy rains it was shortened from 36 holes down to 18. Twenty-three 4-player teams took part including two from Ashridge Golf Club, one from Temple and seven from Penina – all clubs where Sir Henry worked as a professional. The Temple Club team won with 77 Stableford points (Alastair Broom/Alan Mann, 34 pts. – better ball - and Stuart Cripps/Keith Adderley, 43). Also on 77 pts, but losing out on the count-back were the Ashworth and Press 2 teams.

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