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Algarve Golf News - (2007/03/09)

The latest dominating news has been the purchase of five Vilamoura courses by Oceânico Golf Group. During 12 years of ownership by André Jordan Group of Lusotur Golfes, S.A., during which the Millennium and Victoria courses were built and the other three (Pinhal, Laguna and Vilamoura Old Course) have been upgraded, this prime golf destination now looks forward to an even brighter future. A 25-minute drive west along from Faro is the site where Oceânico are building their two golf courses and residential complexes, the "Amendoeira Resort". The two challenging 18-hole courses designed respectively by Christy O'Connor Jr. and Nick Faldo, are both due for opening in 2008.

The management of the all Oceânico courses in the Algarve has been entrusted to Troon Golf of Scottsdale, Arizona, the same company that already manages Oceânico two courses on São Miguel island in the Azores. This acquisition was made a year ago in partnership with the Portuguese company, Siram. Oceânico are also developing the Royal Óbidos Golf Resort on the Costa de Prata (Silver Coast) about an hour's drive north of Lisbon. Oceânico will now own ten courses and have therefore become the largest owners of golf facilities in the country, and a major player in Europe

Another transfer of ownership in Algarve golf courses occurred previously when some weeks ago the CS Group (owners of the 5-Star São Rafael Hotel in Albufeira", purchased the Morgado and Álamos courses near Portimão including the property development assets of the Herdade do Morgado de Reguengo from the Tivoli Hotel Group.

The 77th Portuguese Open Amateur Championships for both men and ladies were held at the Quinta de Cima and the Quinta da Ria courses near Tavira. There were 96 contestants in the men's event and 36 in the ladies', and after two qualifying stroke-play rounds those with the leading scores played match-play for the Championships. Iñigo Urquizo, a 24-year-old law graduate from San Sebastian in Spain, became the 2007 champion by defeating Frenchman Anthony Pailler 3&2 in the 36-hole final. The English golfer Holly Aitchison (who is 19), became the lady Amateur Champion after beating Nicola Roessler from Germany by the same margin. João Carlota, a 16-year-old Vilamoura junior, lost to Urquizo in the semi-final, the same stage at which Ana Melo, aged only 15, from Terceira GC in the Azores lost 1 down to the eventual winner.

Solverde Casinos staged a "Simply the Best" fun tournament at the Quinta da Ria course. The 88-player field qualified during the sponsor's 2006 circuit of tournaments by scoring nearest-the-pin shots. Cândido da Luz, a member of ADC Quinta do Lago won the Stableford event with 40 points after a count-back decision as he had tied with Vilamoura golfer Valdomero Rodrigues. There were also novelty prizes for balls closest to the hole after the 2nd strokes on some par-4's and 3rd strokes on par-5's. The new circuit comprises five tournaments starting with the 5th Espinho Casino tournament at the Oporto Course in the north on the 24th-25th March and ends in September.

 


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