Golf was introduced in Portugal in 1890 by the English colony that lived in Porto, and was dedicated to the production and trade of Port wine, creating the Oporto Niblicks Club in Espinho, today the Oporto golf club. In Lisbon, it was the British employees of the telephone and rail transport companies who founded, in 1922, the Lisbon Sports Club, now based in Belas. The first 60 years of golf in Portugal are historically linked to the life of these two clubs and two others, founded in 1934, the golf courses of Miramar and Vidago.
On the islands of Madeira and the Azores, two more golf courses were created, respectively, in 1937 and 1939. The Santo da Serra Favellas Golf Club, built by the British colony of Funchal and the Terra Nostra golf course, today the excellent Furnas golf course whose existence is due to Vasco Bensaúde.
The history of golf in the Algarve begins in 1966 when an Englishman John Stillwell opened the Penina resort, the first golf course with a hotel in the Algarve, a paradise for golfers. Years before, there was a 9-hole course by the beach, a caddy donkey, and a song by a Beatle.
1949 – Foundation of the FPG
1953 – Foundation of the Portuguese Open
Posted on 27 Jun 2022
One of the greatest amateur careers in Portuguese golf history is been forged by Daniel da Costa Rodrigues, who finished in the top ten at the European Individual Amateur Men's Championship, a European Golf Association (EGA) event at El Saler Golf Club, in Valencia, organized by the Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG).
The player from Miramar played for the amateur national team of the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG) and finished in 9th place, tied with 8 more players, with a total of 287, 1 under par (72-69-76-70).
As the FPG Press Office pointed out, "since the first edition of this European Championship, in 1986, only four Portuguese had finished in the top-10: Daniel Silva (4th in 1986 and 1988); Ricardo Santos (7th in 2005); Gonçalo Pinto (4th in 2012); and Tomás Silva (9th in 2014).
In the Alps Andalusia, Tomás Bessa missed out on a place in the final round at Valle Guadiana Links in Ayamonte, by one stroke, after rounds of 71 and 72.
After starting the Alps Tour in 2nd place, Tomás Bessa fell to 7th in the Order of Merit, dropping from 6th place. The top five finishers in these standings get promoted to the Challenge Tour, Europe's second level, at the end of the season.
Vitor Lopes, competing in the Challenge Tour, finished Bolt Open Bretagne in France in 30th place, while Pedro Figueiredo placed 50th in the overall standings, with Englishman Alfie Plant leading the pack.
Vitor Lopes ended with a score of 282 (+2) and won 1875€. On the other hand, Pedro Figueiredo scored 285 (+5) and won 1050€.
The highest-placing Portuguese player at the Gradi Polish Open final table was João Girão, who finished in 19th position and earned €30,000 in prize money at the Gradi Golf Club. Pedro Lencart was one of three 43rd-place finishers in the tournament, and neither Alexandre Abreu nor João Magalhães made the cut.
On a Par 70 course and in a competition played, as usual, in three rounds, João Girão opened with a 71 (+1), but then he was at a great level on the second and third days, in both scoring 67 (-3), to a total of 205 (-5).
Ricardo Santos and Ricardo Gouveia were eliminated of the BMW International Open, a competition of the European Circuit that takes place in Munich, Germany, after missing the 'cut'.
Ricardo Santos had a final score of 141 and Ricardo Gouveia scored 147, while the cut was 140.
Posted on 23 Jun 2022
Tomás Bessa is the only Portuguese to participate in the Alps Andalucia in golf, an Alps Tour tournament (European third division) that starts on June 23rd and runs until June 25th at Valle Guadiana Links, Ayamonte course, on the banks of the Guadiana River and next to the border with Portugal.
Tomas Bessa will be playing from 10 am to 2 pm with Italian Stefano Mazzoli and French amateur Julien Sale.
There are 139 players participating in the competition, 75 of whom are from Spain, and the prize pool is worth 40,000 euros. It is played over the course of three rounds.
Tomás Bessa is competing in this European circuit with the intention of coming out on top. He is currently in sixth place in the Order of Merit, fewer than 2,000 euros behind the leader, who is the Frenchman Tom Vaillant.
Posted on 21 Jun 2022
Vítor Lopes, from Vilamoura, finished the Kaskáda Open Challenge, in the Czech Republic, with an aggregate of 278 strokes (-6), after having finished the last round with 71 (equal to par), after three 'birdies' and one 'bogey'.
Vítor Londot Lopes, playing a Challenge Tour event for the first time this season, finished the “Káskada Golf Challenge” in 23rd position (tied with five more players), earning 2,366 euros. Tomás Melo Gouveia was in 36th place “ex-aqueo”, receiving a cash prize of €1,820.
The Kaskáda Golf Challenge, part of the Challenge Tour, was won by the Dane golfer Martin Simonsen, with 264 strokes (-20).
Tomás Bessa finished the Aravell Golf Open by Credit Andorra 2022, from the Alps Tour, in 25th position, which earned him a prize of 564 euros.
With an excellent third and final round, in which he delivered a card with 66 strokes (-5), he concluded the tournament in style. He ended with 74 strokes in the first round and 67 in the second.
Tomás Bessa ended up dropping from 4th to 6th in the Alps Tour ranking.
Also in Spain, Sara Gouveia ended up as vice-champion in the Santander Golf Tour, thus achieving the best result of a Portuguese golfer in the Professional Women's Circuit of Spain this season. The winner was the Spanish Laura Gomez, with 146 (72+74, +2).
With rounds of 77 and 72, the Algarve player recorded 149 strokes on the Real Club de Golf de La Coruña course, five above Par.
Susana Ribeiro, the only other Portuguese participant, finished in 10th place after rounds of 80 and 82, with 162 strokes (+18).
With the second place obtained in Galicia, Sara Gouveia rose to 3rd position in the SGT Ranking, while Leonor Bessa is in 9th place.
In Portugal, the team from Aroeira won the BPI Men's Mid-Amateur Club National Championship, achieving its first triumph in the competition, in an auspicious year, in which it had also made its debut in the Under-18 National Club Championship. The Oporto Golf Club team was Vice-Champion.
After the initial round, in which the six elements of each team played individually, with the five best results being counted, the Aroeira team had an advantage of 13 strokes over Oporto Golf Club and 30 over the team from Estoril, the Clube de Golfe Estoril.
In the final day, the 11 teams played in Pinheiros Altos (Pines+Corks course, Par 72), with alternating shots, counting the two best scores of each club.
Aroeira ended with 546 strokes (+42), while the 2nd place Oporto Golf Club ended with 558 strokes (+54).
In Cantanhede, with a spectacular display, the young golfer Aline Marques was crowned champion in the Cantanhede International Pitch & Putt 2022, imposing herself by a difference of three putts to Hugo Espírito Santo. The Cantanhede International Pitch & Putt 2022 counts for the World Amateur Pitch & Putt Ranking.
Aline Marques had a final score of 152 strokes (51+49+52, -10), while the second-placed Hugo Espírito Santo scored 155 strokes (50+52+53, -7).
Posted on 15 Jun 2022
The most traditional amateur golf tournament on the Iberian Peninsula, the Iberian Golf Cup, travels to Portugal.
The Vidago Palace golf course, in the North region of Portugal, will host the 11th edition of the Iberian Golf Cup from June 16 to 18.
The Spanish team will attempt to retain the title won at the 10th edition of this tournament, which took place in Valderrama, in the Spanish Costa del Sol region.
With eleven editions under its belt, the tournament created by the Portuguese footballing legend Luis Figo and Juan Manuel Morales back in 2012 to unite and enhance the ties between Spain and Portugal has become more and more important.
Both Luis Figo and Juan Manuel Morales have made it clear that player safety and the health of everyone engaged in the organization of the Iberian Golf Cup are still top priorities, and this year's event will follow the same health-related regulations as the previous two.
The Portuguese team will be: Luis Figo, Rui Coelho, Ricardo Abrantes, José Casimiro, Luis Perez, Luis Filipe, João Navega, Ricardo Pereira, Philipp Loretan, Pedro Silvestre, Mário Ferreira, Neca Silva, Bernardo Coutinho, Lourenço Mestre, José Sousa, Rui Feijó, Pedro Pinto, André Pereira e Vitor Valdrez.
The Spanish team, on the other hand, will be: Juan Manuel Morales, Javier Cobiella, José Manuel Blanco, Francisco Jimenez, Joan Márquez, Mário Centeno, Eduardo Perez de Ayala, Javier Alonso, José Vicente Lajo, José Barbeito, Julian Meleiro, Andrés Carbajosa, Victor Ceballos, Gonzalo de Pierrard, Bosco James, Jorge Juanas, Amadeo Batanero, Enrique de la Fuente.
Originally designed by Mackenzie Ross, Vidago Palace was modified in 1936 by Cameron & Powell, but retained its original style.
With its special advantages for golfing, it continues to portray the natural beauty accurately. The course has now been completely rebuilt to USGA specifications making it a par 72. It is now a suitable course for any national and international competitions at the highest level.
The Vidago Palace course has high-level tees and greens, bunkers strategically placed, and uneven greens that necessitate great vision.
In 2012, close friends from Spain and Portugal banded together to launch this journey in an effort to appreciate the achievements made by the people of both countries.
Using golf as a unifying factor, year after year, more and more people have been joining our organization, each bringing the best of themselves while maintaining a completely open mind and being completely free from any prejudice.
Posted on 13 Jun 2022
Ricardo Melo Gouveia ranked 37th at the Scandinavian Mixed, played at Halmstad Golf Club, Sweden, where Swedish golfer Linn Grant made history today by becoming the first woman to win a DP World Tour tournament.
The Quinta do Lago golfer completed the last round in the Par of the golf course, with a 'birdie' on hole 2 and a 'bogey' on hole 16, and, thanks to a score of 284 (72+69+71+72), climbed 10 places, from 47th to 37th.
The Scandinavian Mixed is the only tournament on the European Tour played by men and women, on equal terms, being reserved for 78 players from the DP World Tour and 78 golfers from the Ladies European Tour, and in the second edition of the competition there was a record, with the 22-year-old winning with an aggregate of 264 strokes (66+68+66+64), 24 under Par 72.
In the Montauban Ladies Open, in France, Leonor Bessa began the competition with a score of 81 (+9), which placed her in 85th place out of the first 98 competitors. This was due to the fact that the first day was a challenging one, during which only 12 players were able to beat the Par 72 of the golf course. On the other hand, she had a score of 72 on the second day, which moved her up to 51st place with 153 (+9). The cut was set at 154 (+10).
Guaranteeing presence in the third and final round, Leonor Bessa ended it with 74 (+2) to climb three more positions, to 48th.
Leonor Bessa ended up winning a prize money of €356.15. Her best finish of the season so far was 19th place in last week's Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge in the Czech Republic.
Momoka Kobori, from New Zealand, won the Montauban Ladies Open. She shot 69-68-68 to finish with 206 (-10), three strokes ahead of Scotland's Hannah McCook (69-70-70, 209, -7).
Vítor Londot Lopes, now sponsored by Conrad Algarve, won the first Amarante Golf Open, held at Amarante Golf, with an impressive total of 20 under par in the three rounds he competed in. Third-place finisher Daniel da Costa Rodrigues, from Miramar, was awarded for best amateur.
Vilamoura native Vítor Londot Lopes made a first-round of 61 (-7), followed it up with a 63 (-5) and a 60 (-8) to finish with a score of 184 (-20). Only two bogeys were recorded during the 54 normal holes, as he steadily widened his lead over the opposition.
Tomás Silva finished second with a score of 193 (64-66-63), nine strokes behind Vítor Lopes, who won the FPG Circuit's 3rd tournament on the Boavista Golf course, in Lagos, last week.
The current third in the BPI National Ranking, João Miguel Pereira (66-67-69), from Aroeira, was seventh in the table, with 202 (-2).
In Estonia, Maria José Pinto and João Fortes, the top-ranked senior women and men on the FPG Circuit, attended the European Seniors' Championship invited by the Portuguese Golf Federation.
In the last round, João Fortes (Oitavos Dunes) climbed to 45th place, while Maria José Pinto (Balaia) climbed to 32nd.
Posted on 30 May 2022
Castro Marim Golfe promoted, during May, the Friendship Tournament, which brought together resident Portuguese and foreign players, with the support of “Q Wines & Golf”, a Spanish company that presented wines from Hacienda Grimon in Rioja (northern Spain) and Linaje Garsea from Ribera Douro (Burges).
On a hot day, participants had the opportunity to taste the white and rosé wines (very chilled) from the two Spanish brands, accompanied by traditional Portuguese cod pastries, at two stops on the Guadiana and Atlântico courses, at Castro Marim Golfe.
The winner of the tournament was João Esteves, from Vilamoura, with 39 points, followed by Elvin Hillgren and José Carlos Santos, both with 38 points.
The special prizes went to Fernando Folha (longest drive) and Maria Helena (ball closest to the flag).
The prizes were distributed during the convivial lunch at the club, followed by a “tombola” that distributed wines from the two Spanish wineries to all participants.
“Q Wines & Golf” intends to hold a monthly tournament (in the same way as today's competition) at Castro Marim Golfe in June, July and August.
The 8th edition of the Pedro & Inês tournament will be held in the Quinta das Lágrimas course, in Coimbra, and it is organized by the Quinta das Lágrimas Golf Club. It’s on the first day of June, a Wednesday.
Vale Pisão will host the 5th edition of the Vale Pisão Ranking By Unitrês tournament on Saturday, June 4th.
The well-known Portuguese club Benfica will organize the Benfica Corporate Golf Cup in Aroeira Challenge on Sunday, June 5th. As a bonus of registration, everyone will receive two free tickets for two games of the 2022/2023 Portuguese Liga Bwin of football.
Also organized by Benfica, the 2nd edition of the Lucky Ones tournament will be hosted in Quinta da Marinha on Thursday, June 2nd.
The 5th OM Club Millennium BCP tournament, organized by Millennium BCP Golf Club, will be hosted at Royal Óbidos on Saturday, June 4th.
The 3rd stage of the Abreu Golf Circuit will be held at the Vidago Palace Golf on Saturday, June 4th.
From July 15th to July 17th, Miramar Golf will host the Banco Carregosa Miramar Open 2022. It’s the 8th edition of this tournament.
Lions Clube Vilamoura will organize a charity tournament at Vila Sol Pestana Resort golf course, in Vilamoura, on Saturday, July 30th. This tournament will be a fundraiser for hunger and vision problems.
Posted on 30 May 2022
Ricardo Melo Gouveia finished in 7th place with –8 after 4 rounds of the Dutch Open.
The Dutch Open distributes €1.75 million in prize money and has additional attractions: the tournament offers three seats to the 150th British Open, seats that will be won by the top three in the table who are not already qualified, up to tenths and tied.
Ricardo Melo Gouveia was in the lead going into the third round of the Dutch Open. When he finished the third round with a score of 74 (+2), he didn't stay in the first place, but he was still in the running for the win. He was two strokes behind the leaders before the final round in the Netherlands.
Now, with a score of 280 (-8), Ricardo Melo Gouveia now shares seventh place with Swedish Alexander Björk.
Everything is open for the Portuguese, as the leaders are five 'shots' away: the Australian Ryan Fox and the French Victor Perez (-13).
This excellent result allowed Ricardo Melo Gouveia, a player sponsored by Quinta do Lago, to climb 39 positions in the Road to Dubai ranking, now being in 112th place.
Tomás Melo Gouveia was 36th in the Farmfoods Scottish Challenge, thus achieving his best ranking so far in his debut season on the Challenge Tour. As for João Girão, he made his first cut on the circuit and finished in 43rd.
The Challenge of Scotland was held in Aberdeenshire, where adverse weather conditions made it harder for the golfers to compete.
Tomás Melo Gouveia tied for 36th position with five other players after a final score of 282 (par). He now ranks 112th in the Road to Mallorca ranking, climbing 31 places. And he takes home €1757.90 in cash.
João Girão – playing with an invitation from the FPG via the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos – scored 286 (+2), which gives him a place among the 43ºs He won a prize of €1379.27 and went straight to 166th on the Road to Mallorca ranking.
The competition was won by the Spaniard Javier Sainz, after a birdie in the second hole of the play-off (played on the 18th), beating the Swiss Jeremy Freiburghaus.
In Matosinhos, part of the Porto region, Hugo Espírito Santo won the Portugal Open of Pitch & Putt for the fourth time.
The national champion of the variant, from the club Quinta das Lágrimas, had a five-point lead over the youthful runner-up Pedro Aires in the last round.
António Tendeiro, also from Quinta das Lágrimas, was fourth overall with 166 (57-54-55), and received the first Senior award.
Pedro Aires was supposed to get the Junior prize, but he already got the runner-up trophy, and the rules didn't allow for prizes to be added up, so the prize went to Diogo Marques Lopes, who was third overall.
Pedro Franco Dias completed the top-5 with a final score of 168 and received the award for best Mid-Amateur.
Maria Goreti Dähler was the winner in Ladies, with 189 (+27), among three participants in this category.
Posted on 24 May 2022
On the Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri, in Cádiz, Figueiredo and Bessa finish the Spanish Challenge tied for 13th place.
In the Challenge Tour, this was Tomás Bessa's best finish in a course. Pedro Figueiredo, who had already won once on the DP World Tour satellite circuit, had the best mark of the year with this performance. Jens Dantorp of Sweden won the competition, with Tomás Melo Gouveia in 62nd place.
This was Bessa's first Challenge competition in 2022, and he was directly ranked 101st on the Road to Mallorca, the circuit ranking, as a result of this classification.
As for Pedro Figueiredo, he moved up nine places in this ranking, finishing in 49th position. Both were awarded €3513.89 in prize money.
On the Road to Mallorca ranking, Tomás Melo Gouveia slid to 143rd place.
In the Portuguese Mid-Amateur Circuit, Sofia Câmara and Gonçalo Costa triumph at Espinho to reinforce their dominance. It was held this weekend in two rounds at the oldest golf club in Portugal, in Espinho, the Oporto Golf Course.
Gonçalo Costa, who won the two previous tournaments before at Benamor Golf and Belas Clube de Campo, came from behind to win the men's competition for the third time in a row.
Before this year's Mid-Amateur Circuit, Sofia Câmara had already won the season's first tournament, in Benamor, and then finished in second place in the second tournament, in Belas.
Both Gonçalo and Sofia collected another 300 points and reinforced their leadership in the Road to Tróia, the ranking of the Mid-Amateur Circuit.
Posted on 20 May 2022
At Ribagolfe Lakes course, which has previously hosted stages of School of European Tour Qualification, the 2nd Xira Golfe Open will be held from July 21 to 23. Pro-Am Cimpor is scheduled for the 24th, in Santo Estevão Golfe, which hosted the 1st edition of the test last year and also has already been selected by the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG) for the Absolute National Championship in the past.
An event hosted by the Portuguese PGA has not awarded such large cash prizes in Portugal since 2008. Only the Portugal Open has so far announced a superior 'prize money' in Portugal this year.
The prize money for the second Xira Golfe Open will be €20,000, a major increase above the €6,000 awarded in 2021.
Since the 2008 National Championship, the PGA of Portugal's competitions have never been more important.
Fernando Carvalho, president of Xira Golfe, made the announcement at the tournament's official presentation, and believes that next year the prize will rise again, thanks to a bigger participation of Spain's PGA.
The Portuguese and Spanish PGAs sanctioned the Open Xira Golfe, allowing Portuguese pros in both countries to compete on the same calendar.
The tournament might include up to a hundred participants, a mix of professional and amateur players, Portuguese and Spanish.
The 2nd Xira Golfe Open will count toward the Order of Merit of the PGA España, the Order of Merit and Ranking of the PGA of Portugal, the Ranking of the Amateur World Cup, and still (quite likely) for the ranking of the Portuguese national team of professionals.
In 2021, Tiago Cruz won the first edition of the Xira Golfe Open, winning 1000€, of the total 6.000€ prize money.
Posted on 17 May 2022
Ricardo Santos returned to the Rinkven International Golf Club in Antwerp, where he made 68 strokes well below the course's par of 72. In the DP World Tour tournament Soudal Open, the golfer from Vilamoura finished tied for ninth place, moving up in the Order of Merit by 23 spots.
It was a good day for Ricardo Santos, with six birdies and three bogeys. Birdies on both holes 5 and 6 and one bogey (on 3) helped him finish the front nine in two strokes under par. He won strokes on the course on holes 12, 16 and 17, but he also recorded two bogeys on the Back Nine (on the 11th and 15th).
With 271 putts (65+69+69+68, -13), Sam Horsfield of England took home the Soudal Open.
The third tournament of the Drive Tour – National Youth Championship was completed on Ribagolfe's Lakes and Oaks courses. Play-off events were held in two of the competitions (U-18 and U-12 Men) and there were those who won for the first time on the Circuit, those who managed to win twice, and there were even two three-time champions.
This year's Drive Tour 2022 saw the first-ever wins for Maria Francisca Salgado on U-14 (Quinta do Peru) and Francisca Rocha (Oporto) on U-16.
Then, no less than four golfers won for the second time this year – brothers Afonso and Ana da Costa Rodrigues (both from Miramar and competing in U-18), Daniel Riu Vazquez (Tavira Golf Club located on Benamor, U-14) and Francisca Ferreira da Costa (Miramar, U-12).
Even better, Francisco Reis (Orizonte Golf Club, which has 5 courses: Ribagolfe Lakes and Oaks, Aroeira Pines and Challenge, and Oeiras, U-12) and Rodrigo Marques Santos (Quinta do Peru, U-16) won their third victory of the year at Ribagolfe.
Tomás Bessa Guimarães, a golfer from the Porto region, finished the Goesser Open tied for seventh with a final score of 202 strokes (-14), allowing him to maintain his third spot in the Order of Merit of this Circuit.
There were 150 competitors, including another Portuguese: Vítor Londot Lopes, at the Golf Club Erzherzog Johann in Graz, Austria.
Vítor Londot Lopes, who finished with 144 strokes (69+75, par), didn’t make the cut, being eliminated and dropping to the 78th place group.
With a score of 199 strokes (67+66+66, -17), Austrian Marcus Brier was crowned the winner of the Goesser Open.
Posted on 10 May 2022
Hugo Espírito Santo of Quinta das Lágrimas won his seventh title in the "Mid-Amateur" category in the "Pitch & Putt" variety, with a six-stroke advantage over Arnaldo Paredes, who was second in "Mid-Amateur" and also became Champion in Seniors.
The National Mid-Amateur and Seniors Championship in the "Pitch & Putt" form were held at Cantanhede Golf Club. This 9-hole PAR 3 course, which opened in 2009, welcomed the 26 competitors in this competition (22 of which Seniors - players with at least 50 years of age by the end of that year, category which included the only lady who entered the competition, Marta Fragoso, from Lisbon Sports Club).
Hugo Espírito Santo, the national number one and nine-time Absolute National Champion of the variety, was the leading favorite and did not leave his credits in the hands of others, imposing himself in a competition dominated by Quinta das Lágrimas players.
Hugo Espírito Santo of Quinta das Lágrimas was leading after the second round with a total of 98 strokes (-10), six strokes ahead of his club partners Luís Azenha Bonito and Arnaldo Paredes. The Formation of Honor for the third round was made up of these three players, who began the course on hole 1.
Hugo Espírito Santo strengthened his lead on the final lap with a card of 52 strokes (two under par). Arnaldo Paredes achieved the same outcome as Luís Bonito, distinguishing himself in a duel that earned the Coimbra lawyer the titles of Vice-Champion in Mid-Amateur and Champion in Seniors, a category in which Luís Bonito finished second.
Hugo Espírito Santo's next ambition is to "win again the National Absolute Championship of the variation," which will be held this year at CNFJ do Jamor on April 30th and May 1st.
National Mid-Amateur Champion (“Gross”) – Hugo Espírito Santo (Quinta das Lágrimas), 150 strokes (48+50+52, -12)
National Vice-Champion Mid-Amateur (“Gross”) – Arnaldo Paredes (Quinta das Lágrimas), 156 strokes (51+53+52, -6)
Senior National Champion (“Gross”) – Arnaldo Paredes (Quinta das Lágrimas), 156 strokes (51+53+52, -6)
National Senior Vice-champion (“Gross”) – Luís Azenha Bonito (Quinta das Lágrimas), 158 strokes (53+51+54, -4)
Winner Mid-Amateur “Net” – Miguel Reis Pereira (Cantanhede), 162 strokes (53+55+54, PAR)
Winner Senior “Net” – Angelino Ferreira Lucas (Cantanhede), 164 strokes (52+54+58, +2)
Posted on 10 May 2022
Pedro Mendes and Gonçalo Rodrigues of Paredes Golfe Clube are national champions in pairs in the 'Pitch & Putt' (P&P) modality on the Quinta do Fojo course in Vila Nova de Gaia, with a total of 82 shots, 8 under par.
Hugo Espírito Santo and Pedro Ferreira, from Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra, finished second, with one stroke more.
The National P&P Partners Championship featured 28 pairs competing over 24 holes in four different modalities (six holes each). There were 23 male teams, three mixed teams, and two female teams.
The skill of the pairings was truly tested due to the range of modalities, as they had to keep concentration throughout the day, adjusting their plans every six holes.
They began in the morning with the 'Foursomes': a ball, with alternating strokes between the parts of the team, with one element responsible for the exits in the odd holes, while the other made the 'tee-shots' in the even holes.
The six holes of 'Fourball' followed, with each team member playing his or her ball and scoring the best result.
The 'Greensomes' began in the afternoon, with the two members of the pair leaving with their respective balls, then deciding which ball they want to play on the second shot. They alternatively play that ball from there.
In the "Canada Cup," each participant uses his own ball, and the results of both on each hole are counted.
Hugo Espírito Santo, the Portuguese national number one and former world number one, has been the most dedicated to P&P, and he was the big favorite, teaming up with young club partner Pedro Ferreira (no. National P&P Ranking).
As a result, the win of Paredes golfers Pedro Mendes and Gonçalo Rodrigues, who are not ranked in this type, came as a surprise in a tournament that was extremely tight, with the first nine pairs finishing separated by only four strokes.
The champions totaled 82 strokes after rounds of 6, 17, 15, 16, and 34 holes, 8 under par, and won by the smallest margin of one shot.
Gonçalo Rodrigues won the National P&P Pairs Championship for the second time, repeating his 2018 victory alongside Hugo Espírito Santo.
Two teams finished with the same final score of 7 under par as the champions. Hugo Espírito Santo/Pedro Ferreira (16+16+16+35) and António Rodrigues (no. 55 in the particular P&P Ranking) with Adriano Fonseca (no. 8) (19+ 14+15+35).
The title of national runners-up was handed to Quinta das Lágrimas players based on the first tie-breaking criterion, which favors the result obtained in 'Foursomes' (theoretically the most difficult), a criterion that was obviously beneficial to them (16-19).
The Portuguese P&P League, with four zones, will continue until August.
The following are the most important events in this variant's calendar:
- Mid-Amateur and Seniors National Championships (Cantanhede, April 9 and 10)
- Absolute National Championship (Jamor, April 30th and May 1st)
- P&P Open (CityGolf, May 27-29)
- National Youth Championship (July 9 - under 10, under 12, and under 14; and July 10 - under 16, under 18, and under 25)
- Club National Championship (Aldeia dos Capuchos, September 17th and 18th)
- PFG (Portuguese Federation of Golf) Cup (Paredes, October 15th and 16th)
- Championship of National Match Play (Jamor, December 4)
Posted on 10 May 2022
The event will take place from july 21 to 24, at Santo Estêvão Golf and Ribagolfe Lakes, near Lisbon.
Following an agreement reached between the PGAs of Portugal and Spain, the Open XiraGolfe will become an international event and raise monetary prize amounts of 6,000 for a minimum of 10,000 euros.
The second edition of the tournament organized by Xira Golfe and the PGA of Portugal takes place from July 21st to July 24th, in Santo Estêvão Golfe and Ribagolfe Lakes, in Benavente, and will be on the calendars of officials from the two PGA's, as well as the two national federations.
Will count towards the Order of Merit of the Spanish PGA, the Order of Merit and Ranking of the Portuguese PGA, and the ranking of the Portuguese Golf Federation's national team of professionals.
With access to professional players outside of the PGA Portugal, the competition will be fiercer, and the 'prize money' will be more appealing. All professionals from a recognized PGA tour will be eligible to compete in the tournament.
It should be noted that, excluding the Portugal Masters (from the DP World Tour), the Portugal at Royal Óbidos (from the Challenge Tour), and the Optilink Tour Championship (from the PT Tour), all of which are integrated in international circuits, there will only be two Portuguese competitions in 2022 with higher prize money than the XiraGolfe Open: the National Absolute Hyundai (20 thousand euros) and the Amarante Golf Open (20 thousand euros) (15 thousand euros).
Similarly to the inaugural year, any amateur player can qualify to participate in the Pro-Am in 2021 by finishing in the top 15 of one of three qualifying tests.
According to the president of the host club, "the first two of each gross classification of each test of qualification have access to the Open itself, playing the three days with the professionals, knowing that they will be able to score points for the World Amateur Golf Ranking". As it counts to amateur world rankings, it will entice the best Portuguese amateur players.
The 2nd XiraGolfe Open will take place from the 21st to the 24th of July, coinciding with the Alps Tour's Roma Alps Open (40 thousand euros in prize money), the Challenge Tour's Big Green Egg German Challenge (worth 250 thousand euros), and the DP World Tour's Cazoo Classic (worth 1.75 million euros).
However, it is expected that there will be a large number of registered professionals and amateurs. In fact, Tiago Cruz won the 2021 edition after defeating Tomás Melo Gouveia in a play-off. Tiago Cruz won the national title in 2014 and 2015, and Tomás Melo Gouveia is currently a member of the Challenge Tour.
The Open XiraGolfe was announced as the third of eight stages at the presentation of the 'Spain Golf Tour 50th Anniversary PGA España in Madrid, with the high point being the Royal Spanish Golf Federation's National Championship of Professionals.
The Lisbon region is ideal for your golf breaks and golf holidays, with amazing hotels like Dom Pedro Lisboa and golf courses like Aroeira Pines Classic Golf Course.
Posted on 07 Apr 2022
Praia da Rocha was a popular vacation spot for many Portuguese at the time. Only a few British tourists who stayed at the former Grande Hotel da Praia da Rocha visited the Algarve and realized how beautiful its coast and beaches were.
The British have a long history with the Algarve, and in the 1960s they were primarily looking for the area's wild side: a beach destination that was not yet as popular as others in Spain or France, and which offered a healthy contact with nature. However, the distractions of the British elite were absent.
This slight boredom was already felt in 1890 when the English Port wine merchants introduced golf to the country: Oporto Golf Club is the oldest course in the Iberian Peninsula and the second oldest in continental Europe.
Golf courses were built in Lisbon, Madeira, and the Azores. In 1937, golf debuted in the Algarve, quietly conquering Portuguese enthusiasts who wanted to be associated with this elite and manly activity.
At Praia da Rocha, there was a nine-hole golf course made of soil and burned oil. There wasn't much to it, and it was over shortly. According to the Revista Internacional in 1940, the land near the mouth of the Arade river made Portimão "the most modern city in the Algarve." A guide to the region was included in the issue, with an English gentleman smoking a pipe and a young man trailing behind with bags and tacos. 28 years after that, the caddies arrive.
Stillwell commissioned Henry Cotton, the English golfer who has won the British Open three times, to design a golf course in a rice field near Tapada da Penina in the early 1960s. In a largely rural area, he was compelled to dry the soil and plant roughly 300,000 trees. It was a significant turning point in the local economy, as the influx of tourists allowed for the development of various tourism-related companies such as restaurants, souvenir stores, and beach bars.
The work's modernity was blended with the raw natural surroundings and the still impoverished population. Cotton stopped a farmer pulling a donkey on his afternoon stroll through the Serra de Monchique and offered to buy the animal for 75 cents. Pacifico was the name given to the donkey, and he became his caddie.
The Penina course opened in June, a few months before the hotel, with Stillwell's announcement to the foreign press, in an attempt to link the Algarve sun and beach with luxury and golf. In November 1966, John Stillwell opened the five-star Penina hotel.
The quality of a golf course is determined by three factors: its location — it must be close to where people will be staying; the golf course's design — how it is played, how it is integrated into the natural landscape, how the golf course undulates, and the placement of obstacles, whether water or sand; and, finally, the course's quality maintenance.
Customers who have been coming to Penina for over 30 years are treated as if they are friends. Some are stars of the arts, such as Montserat Cabelle, Jamiroquai, Dean Martin, James Morrison, and David Hasselhoff, or sports stars – the hotel is popular with boxers such as Henry Cooper and Martin Herdman, or Formula 1 drivers such as Lewis Hamilton and Nigel Mansell.
Since then, the relationship between the Algarve and golf has been growing, making the Algarve one of the most searched destinations for golf holidays and golf breaks. The Algarve region has amazing hotels like Dom Pedro Vilamoura and golf courses like Vilamoura Dom Pedro Pinhal.
Posted on 07 Apr 2022
After undergoing a £6 million (7.2 million €) transformation, the Quinta do Lago course in Portugal is thrilled to host the 2022 Junior Golf Championship final on its premier 18 holes.
The Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship final will be held on Quinta do Lago's prestigious South Course.
The course has recently received a £6 million upgrade to further enhance its status as one of Europe's finest tracks and it is certain to provide all of the drama that has become synonymous with this competition.
All of the fairways, bunkers, tees, and green surrounds have been upgraded, and a number of holes have had modest alterations made to improve the golfing experience.
The project's focus was on sustainability, with Quinta do Lago golf course superintendent Mark Tupling and his team collaborating with the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) and local non-profit firm VitaNativa to track and improve environmental stewardship across the golf courses.
"The South Course occupies a special position in Quinta do Lago's history and in the hearts of so many of our residents and guests," says Sean Moriarty, CEO of Quinta do Lago. It is a genuinely legendary course, and the modern new version will feature a number of new obstacles set in an ideal natural setting.
"We are thrilled to be holding the final of the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship here, and we are confident that our 18-hole course will produce two deserved winners later this year."
Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of Europe's elite golf, sports, and family destinations for nearly five decades, set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and just a 15-minute drive from Faro airport, and features a combination of world-class golf and lifestyle facilities.
In addition to its three 18-hole championship golf courses and superb practice facilities, guests may enjoy a variety of sports at The Campus, a world-class sports hub built for professionals and amateurs alike to train and live well.
There are also 13 first-class pubs and restaurants serving delectable international cuisines, including the famed Bovino Steakhouse and UMAMI – the resort's first Asian restaurant – as well as boutique The Magnolia Hotel.
This year's gross competition will have 24 finalists (12 boys and 12 girls) while the net competition will have six champions (three boys and three girls, plus one chaperone each), all of whom will compete in the finals at Quinta do Lago. The tournament will be televised by Sky Sports.
In the boys' event from 2021, Harley Smith, 16, won by 13 shots, carding a 63 on the final day, while in the ladies' event, Rachel Gourley, 17, was leading by five strokes heading down the last, but only won by one after a disastrous 18th. They are automatically qualified to compete in this year's championship.
Register your club to host a qualifying event or find a qualifying event near you to compete in The Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship 2022.
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Posted on 24 Mar 2022
This tournament qualified the first eight teams for the National Final to be held at Royal Óbidos on July 16.
In net, "Padaria Trigo Bom" (Miguel Heliodoro and Vitor António) won with 76 points, followed by "Nicola" (Nuno Grade and José Miguel Rolim) with 70.
The gross champion was the "ASP Advogados" (André Santos Pereira and Lourenço Mestre) with 55 points.
The Corporate Golf Challenge Portugal, now organized by Golf Concept (Ana Massapina and Estela Sargento), has this year four qualifying events ( Santo da Serra Golf Course , 30 April, Quinta do Perú Golf Course 21 May and Axis Ponte de Lima 4 June).
The net winner of the national final, Royal Óbidos, will represent Portugal in the World Final to be held in Tenerife (Spain) between 17 and 21 October.
Posted on 23 Mar 2022
With an aggregate of 284 shots (72+65+75+72), four under par, the professional from Azeitão - Quinta do Perú Golf Course was tied with seven other players.
The Portuguese golfer Pedro Figueiredo finished today in the 55th place in the Cape Town Open, second tournament of the season of the Challenge Tour, held at the Royal Cape Golf Club and Rondebosch Golf Club, in South Africa.
After making the cut in the top 20, among the 216 players who started the tournament, thanks to a second round of seven under par, Figueiredo dropped in performance and today finished in par 72 at the Royal Cape Golf Club, with three birdies (one under) in holes 2, 5 and 8 and as many bogeys (one over) in holes 4, 7 and 18.
With an aggregate of 284 strokes (72+65+75+72), four under par, the professional from Azeitão was tied with seven other players in 55th position, after falling 12 places on the leaderboard in the final round.
South African JC Ritchie started the last 18 holes two shots behind the previous leader, Tom Mckibbin, but managed to overcome the competition, recording 270 shots (69+66+67+68), 18 under par, and revalidated the Cape Town Open title, the third trophy of his career on the Challenge Tour, after the first one at the Limpopo Championship, in 2020.
Posted on 22 Mar 2022
They played for the first time on the FPG Mid-Amateur Circuit and won at the beginning of the new season, on the 1st Tournament, at Benamor Golf Course.
Sofia Câmara and Gonçalo Costa started with the right foot in the 2022 Mid-Amateur Circuit of the Portuguese Golf Federation, for players over 25 years old, winning the 1st Tournament in their category. The competition was played this weekend in two rounds on the Par 71 course at Benamor Golf Course, in Tavira.
These were special triumphs, since both are former starters of the national teams and made their absolute debut here on the Mid-Amateur Circuit, recently founded in 2020.
The women's competition had five competitors and Sofia Câmara (from Quinta do Peru Golf Course) scored 166 strokes, 24 over par, after rounds of 86 and 80, to win with 3 vantage points over Maria José Pinto (from Vilamoura Golf Club), the defending national mid-amateur champion and leader at the end of the first round, who totaled 169 (85+84), +27. Mafalda Magalhães was 3rd with 176 (88+88), +34.
"Although I dropped 6 strokes in the score compared to the first day, I can't say that I played better today. I simply didn't score two 8's (two holes at 8 strokes each), as I had yesterday. It was a difficult and tasty victory", said the winner, former winner of the FPG/BPI Cup.
One of the novelties this year in the Mid-Amateur Circuit is the contemplation of a Senior classification for players over 50.
Maria José Pinto won in this class, in which she had Ana Basílio dos Santos (ACP Golfe) as a competitor, finishing with 180 (93+87), +38.
The men's tournament attracted 55 participants and there was a great duel between Gonçalo Costa (Lisbon Sports Club) and Spaniard Manuel Pulido (ADCQR - C.G.). With rounds of 72 and 71, for a total of 143 (+1), the Portuguese imposed himself by the minimum difference. Spaniard Pulido was leading at 18 holes with 70 and with an advantage of 2 shots over Gonçalo Costa and Manuel Calçado (Paço do Lumiar), but he let himself be overtaken by the former when he delivered a second card of 74, totaling 144 (+2).
Gonçalo Costa is now the first leader in the 'Gold' category of the 'Road to Troia', the Mid-Amateur Circuit ranking. The victory earned him 300 points for the table.
Showing that the title, in this decisive day, was a question of two, the 3rd place, João Teixeira Almeida (Paço do Lumiar), registered an aggregate of 149 (74+75), +7.
Tiago Costa (Aroeira), the national mid amateur champion in title and n.º 1 in the 2021 'Road to Troia', finished in the 4th place with 150 (73+77), +8.
In the Senior classification there was also uncertainty until the end. Tied at the front, with 154 (+12), Miguel Lourenço (81+73) and João Fortes (78+76) had to go to a play-off. Miguel Lourenço won with a birdie in the second hole of the play-off, always played on hole 9 (Par 4).
"I am very happy, it was like an ignition to pick up the clubs again, from which I had been a little away over the last few months," said Miguel Lourenço, guaranteeing that he will be a constant presence on the Mid-Amateur Circuit.
The 2nd Tournament of the Mid-Amateur Circuit will be played on March 12 and 13, at Belas Clube de Campo Golf Course, in Sintra.
Posted on 18 Feb 2022
Frank Kennedy became one of the youngest ever winners of the International Men's Amateur Golf Championship in Portugal and, at only 16 years of age, has already made history by winning the 92nd edition of the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG) event with 19 strokes under par, a new tournament record for 72 holes.
The Englishman who lives in Manchester, but spends many months every year in Jupiter, Florida, where he has neighbors such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, totaled 269 strokes, 19 under par at the Montado Hotel & Golf Resort, after rounds of 65, 69, 64 and 71. It was a 'wire-to-wire' triumph, meaning he led from the first to the last round and still had the bonus of having equaled the course record with his third round 64 (-8), first set a day earlier on Thursday by Italian Flavio Michetti.
Dreamy was also his golf. Frank Kennedy has a golden putting stroke, perhaps not unrelated to training in Florida with Brad Faxon, the American who has eight titles on the PGA Tour. But his 'caddie' and coach, Dan Haughain, explained to the FPG Press Office that "since the age of 7 you could tell he was special. He has a strong mind, is more mature than his age and nowadays has a refined iron game. The result was what was seen: 22 birdies and 1 eagle, to leave the 2nd place at a comfortable distance of 4 strokes - German Finn Koelle, who was his opponent in every round and finished with 273 strokes, 15 under par, with scores of 67, 68, 66 and 72.
The Nations Cup, which included the results from the first three days, was won by Germany, which scored 413 strokes, also 19 under par, with scores of 142, 134 and 137. Germany had been runner-up in 2021 and this year beaten the second-placed Netherlands by 2 strokes. More impressive was the fact that Germany's third placed team tied for 2nd place with -17. Portugal was 14th with 430 (145+143+142), -2, among a total of 32 teams representing 23 countries.
Of course, for the FPG, the individual results of the Portuguese were much more important and the balance is hopeful, especially in a phase of renewal of the national team, with the departure of important players such as Pedro Lencart and João Girão, who became professionals in 2021, or Daniel da Costa Rodrigues and Pedro Silva, who went to the United States to study and compete. We need to give time to the new generation.
It is in this context of progress that the ratings of the three Portuguese who made the cut should be evaluated. Hugo Camelo Ferreira, only 18 years old, was 16th with 282 (70+72+72+68), -6. In other words, he never played above par. He even walked in the top-10 at 18 at the end of the first day and improved a lot from 2021, the year he hadn't even qualified for the last round. "It was positive, I managed to play under par on aggregate, but I didn't meet the other goal, that of making four rounds under par," commented the player from Amarante who represents Miramar Golf Course.
João Miguel Pereira, only 17 years old, who made the cut for the second year in a row, was 46th (+10) in 2021 and has now finished 35th with 287 (74+69+74+70), -1. He played two of the four rounds under par and was one of 40 players out of 120 participants to beat the course par at 72 holes. "This year I was much more regular than last year. The goal was to pass the cut and finish in 'red numbers' and I managed, it was a good tournament", said the player who represents Aroeira Golf Courses, but trains with Hugo Pinto at the FPG's National Golf Training Center, in Jamor.
Posted on 18 Feb 2022
The region's mayors hope that as part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, works can be carried out to extend this possibility to many more courses, and even agriculture.
Of the 40 golf courses in the Algarve, only two - São Lourenço Golf Course in Quinta do Lago, and NAU Salgados Golf Course in Albufeira - are watered by Wastewater Treatment Plants. Carlos Guerrero, a professor at the University of the Algarve, believes the number should be much higher by now. "We're once again on the verge of a dry year, and the issue of waste water should already be on a larger number of golf courses", he said.
For the agronomy researcher at the Faculty of Science and Technology, the question is no longer the quality of this water - "the NAU Salgados Golf Course has already been irrigated for 20 years" in this way - but how to get this water to the golf courses.
For this to happen, a huge investment is needed - but it hasn't been made yet.
Nonetheless, the university professor stresses that golf courses cannot be blamed for the lack of water in the region. On these golf courses, "the consumption of this water is done using weather monitoring equipment, to know the real needs of the plant", he adds. Soil humidity probes are also used in some fields.
Many of the golf courses are also applying warm-season grasses, used in hot countries, and which need much less water". Two thirds of the golf courses in the Algarve already have bermudagrass installed, a warm-season grass that doesn't need as much water in summer," explains the researcher.
In the Algarve's Water Efficiency Plan, which paints a picture of the water used in the region, golf courses represent just seven per cent of consumption, with agriculture spending more than 56 per cent and public consumption around 33 per cent.
Mayors trust RRP works to improve water efficiency.
The Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve (AMAL) hopes that the 200 million provided for in the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) will allow alternative solutions to be found for the region's water supply. Among the planned works is a desalination plant for water for human consumption and the connection to the Guadiana River, through Pomarão, providing the system with an additional 30 hectometres.
António Miguel Pina, president of AMAL, considers that the region would thus have "greater resilience in terms of public supply", given that annual human consumption is around 72 hectometres. The re-use of the ETAR's waters "either for golf courses or for agriculture" is also being considered. Works are also being planned to reduce losses in the urban and agricultural systems. "In the next 5-6 years we have 6 million to improve our resilience and the way we use water," he adds.
At a time when we are experiencing a drought, the head of the Intermunicipal Community considers that an unfair focus is being placed" on the golf sector, when it represents "only 6% of the water consumed in the Algarve - one of the best destinations in the world for golf holidays".
"Between water consumption and regional VAB (Gross Value Added), golf courses are the most profitable", says the mayor.
Posted on 16 Feb 2022
Nestled amongst the picturesque foothills of the Eastern Algarve, Monte Rei North Golf Course is the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature course woven into 1,000 acres of unspoilt countryside, consistently ranked the very best in Portugal.
The 2022 packages and tee times are already very popular with golfers throughout Europe. Escape to the sunny climes of the Algarve, where the 12-minute tee times and exclusive service give you the luxury to avoid the crowds and enjoy the experience of a private golf course while on holiday. With the changes in travel legislation as of this week, vaccinated tourists travelling to Portugal will no longer need to provide a negative test result to enter.
Whether you are looking for a quick weekend escape with friends, an Easter break with the family or a golf and gastronomy experience, Monte Rei Golf Resort is the perfect destination for your golf holidays – combining world class golf and leisure with superb service, privacy and serenity that is hard to find elsewhere.
Monte Rei Resort is a new generation of expertly curated residences, offering ultimate comfort and convenience in the Algarve’s most iconic golfing resort.
Four night stays in February start from just €669 per person including two rounds of golf, and other packages for short or long-stays can be created by our dedicated team to fit your exact requirements in less than 24 hours.
The Eastern region of the Algarve has a lot to offer guests, from sunny beaches, to a unique gastronomy, a rich historical legacy and idyllic nature areas, making the region an unforgettable destination.
The city of Tavira has its own certain oriental charm, in its "scissor" or four-slanted roofs, which cut into the sky in a peculiar way, and in the reixa doors made of intertwined wood that protect the houses, letting air and sound in, a legacy of the Arabs who inhabited the region.
Tavira is spread over the two banks of the river, in an intricate intricacy of narrow streets and white houses that you want to walk through without rushing. The Jardim do Coreto is the liveliest area, where many people stroll while enjoying an ice cream or the fresh air, especially at night when shows and other events give even more life to this area. This is where the Mercado da Ribeira is located, which after abandoning its original functions is now an entertainment and leisure space.
Visit Algarve and choose Tavira as one of the destinations for your golf holidays!
Posted on 07 Feb 2022
The only International Circuit for professionals in Portugal is back after a break of more than a month due to the pandemic, with seven more tournaments, including the 20,000 euro optilink Tour Championship.
The Portugal Tour (PT Tour) returned last week after a forced hiatus of more than a month due to the pandemic and kicked off the way it had ended, that is, with a triumph from Portugal's Tomás Bessa.
The 2020 national champion had won the last stage in 2021, the San Lorenzo Golf Course Open, in December, with 10 shots under par, and today (Saturday) he triumphed again at the NAU Morgado Golf Course Open, also with 10 thousand euros in prize money, again with a great result, in this case of -8.
As right at the beginning of December Tomás Bessa had already been the best at the PGA Portugal Players Championship, an event of the Portuguese professional circuit, this means that he is going through the best phase of his career, with three consecutive titles.
"It is my third victory in a row, I am very happy, it is also my second on this circuit, but recently I had COVID19, fortunately asymptomatic," said the player from Paredes but resident in the Algarve.
With rounds of 73, 69 and 66, Tomás Bessa beat south Korean Jung-Min Hong by 3 strokes (71+71+69), making a growing run: "I knew that if I had a good round today I would have chances. The secret was not to care about the score of the others and to focus on making good shots, and I finished extremely well, with a chip-in for birdie at the 18th hole. I ended up with a great round of 7 under par".
With these two titles, Tomás Bessa matches British player Jordan Wrisdale, who had won the first two tournaments of the season, in Vilamoura, still in 2021 and are the two great candidates for the position of nr. 1 in the ranking.
The PT Tour is the only international circuit for top professional and amateur golfers to be held in Portugal and will organise a further six tournaments until the end of the 2021/2022 season.
All tournaments will take place in the Algarve, helping to combat the seasonality of tourism in that region during the winter.
Each of the first six tournaments will be worth €10,000 in prize money, while the last, which presents a "Masters" logic, will bring together the best on the circuit at the Optilink Tour Championship, from March 14 to 16, at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.
That summit will distribute 20 thousand euros, a "prize-money" equal to the Hyundai Absolute National Championship of the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG).
Just before Christmas, the promoters were forced to announce that the four tournaments planned for January would be cancelled, given the difficulties presented by the high numbers of COVID19 infections across Europe and the limitations on travel between countries.
With the easing of air travel regulations, it was possible to restart the PT Tour.
The PT Tour counts towards the ranking of the national team of professionals which, in turn, awards invitations to some tournaments of the Challenge Tour.
The big news is that, in 2022, all tournaments will also count for the world amateur ranking.
"The circuit has the approval of FPG and we are still developing contacts in order to obtain some invitations to the Challenge Tour," said the promoter, José Correia.
José Correia, member of the FPG Board of Directors, stressed that there is a new feature in 2022: "In addition to the JJW International Pro-Am, from March 4 to 6, in Pinheiros Altos and San Lorenzo, we will also organize the Optilink Pro-Am, on March 12.
"The partnership with Optilink is new, it extends for three years, starts with a €20,000 prize pool for the Optilink Tour Championship in 2022, but with a gradual increase in the following years," he specified.
"Optilink is a technological company, which operates in the telecommunications sector, in the development and production of fibre optic cabling, and this opportunity to hold a corporate event is in line with our internationalisation strategy, as well as the consolidation of our activities in national territory", said CEO António Gonçalves.
For Portuguese players, the PT Tour is a golden opportunity to compete at international level before the return to Europe of some of the major circuits such as the DP World Tour (former European Tour), the Challenge Tour, the Alps Tour and the Pro Golf Tour.
"It's a great circuit, especially for the Portuguese, it's an opportunity for us to play in the winter when there are no tournaments anywhere else, and being able to do it at home is perfect. It's also good for the foreign professionals, who get good weather and come here to prepare the following season," said Tomás Melo Gouveia, who in 2021 has guaranteed ascension to the Challenge Tour, Europe's second division.
But the PT Tour is not only vital for professional players seeking access to the main European circuits. For amateurs it is also, increasingly, a launching pad.
"According to the new rules of the amateur status, it is now possible to award non-professionals. In Portugal the maximum limit is 750 euros. In this context, the PT Tour will award the first three amateurs of each tournament a maximum of €600. The best amateur will receive 300 euros, the second 200 and the third 100 euros. I think the PT Tour is the first and only circuit in Portugal to monetarily reward amateurs in competition, a fact that seems relevant to me," said the promoter.
"The PT Tour has signed a partnership and a sponsorship with SGA (Season Golf Academy), where David Silva is the Head Coach of the program to attract and develop youngsters who aim to reach a place on the various professional circuits. An exclusive Order of Merit will be created for amateurs and the nº1 in this ranking will receive a wild card for the Optilink Tour Championship. We see this initiative as an extra motivation and an important contribution for amateurs", concluded José Correia.
Posted on 03 Feb 2022
Amarante Golf Course near Porto and with 18 holes of pure challenge signed a protocol with Portuguese Golf Federation to launch the Amarante Golf Open, in June, an event that has the high patronage of Amarante City Council. In celebration of the club's 25 years, the aim is to set a new tournament on the calendar, with prize money of 15,000 euros, making it the second most important event, after the Hyundai Absolute National Championship.
The Amarante Golf Open will be from 10 to 12 June, with the Pro-Am taking place on the 9th, distributing prize money of 15 thousand euros, under the high sponsorship of Amarante City Council.
A golf course located near the city of Porto that is not only a destination for the common tourist but also for some excellent golf holidays.
The Amarante Golf Open will integrate the FPG Circuit, which, since 2021, has integrated professional golfers, keeping the best Portuguese amateurs. The winner will pocket 7,500 euros, that is, the value that is normally the global "prize-money" of one of the five stages of the FPG Circuit. It will therefore be one of the highest points of the federative calendar at a domestic level, surpassed only by the Absolute Hyundai National Championship, whose pecuniary compensation amounts to 20,000 euros.
Between 2001 and 2008, the AGC was the stage for the Professionals National Championship, as well as another Open included in the Portugal PGA calendar. Two of the best Portuguese golfers ever were crowned in Amarante - António Sobrinho and Daniel Silva. More recently, in 2021, Pedro Figueiredo, a player on the DP World Tour (the European top division), also won the Amarante International Pro-Am.
By integrating the FPG Circuit, the Amarante Golfe Open will count for the ranking of the PGA of Portugal, which also works as the ranking of the national selection of professionals, i.e., the table that, among other values, designates the professionals who will be entitled to invitations to play in some tournaments of the Challenge Tour in 2022, the second European professional division.
The Amarante Golfe Open will also welcome the best national amateurs, some of whom have dreams of a professional career. Being a three-day tournament, with 18 holes per round, it will also count for the amateur world ranking, for the FPG's BPI National Ranking (the hierarchy for top amateurs) and for the FPG Circuit ranking, similarly to what already happens in the other five stages of the FPG Circuit and in the Hyundai Absolute National Championship.
Posted on 20 Jan 2022
It starts today, 15th January, with the 1st Drive Tour Tournament / National Youth Championship, at one of the best golf course in Algarve, the Amendoeira Golf Resort.
The return of the Hyundai National Championship to the Aroeira Pines Classic in Almada is one of the novelties on the official 2022 calendar of the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG), which kicks off next Saturday, January 15, with the 1st Drive Tour Tournament/National Youth Championship at Amendoeira Golf Resort near Albufeira.
It is an extensive competitive schedule, with 107 tournaments spread throughout the country, including the autonomous regions, not counting the Drive School events, which are more geared towards the promotion of the sport in schools, than to a "pure and hard" competition.
And if to the FPG events we add the Portugal Masters (still to be confirmed), at least three national professional tournaments organized by other entities and the new Portugal Tour (an international professional circuit in the Algarve), the total number of golf tournaments for top competition in Portugal in 2022 should approach 120.
The federative calendar can be divided into seven major sectors that cover players of all age groups: International Championships, National Championships, FPG Circuit, Mid-Amateur Circuit, Drive Tour/ National Youth Championships, Drive Challenge and Pitch & Putt.
There will also be an intense activity of national teams of all age groups, both amateur teams, as well as the recent project of the national team of professionals; and there will also be, increasingly, the participation of Portuguese players in international competitions, both in amateur circuits and in the main professional circuits.
"We will have, roughly, a calendar very similar to that of 2021, with the big difference that 2022 will be a World Championship year", underlined João Coutinho, the national technical director of the FPG.
In fact, the "World Amateur Team Championships" will be held in France, on the outskirts of Paris, on the Albatros golf course of Le Golf National and also on the Red Golf Course of Saint-Nom-La-Brèteche Golf.
The women's World Championship, the 29th edition of the Espírito Santo Trophy, will be held from August 24th to 27th, while the men's World Championship, the 32nd edition of the Eisenhower Trophy, will take place from August 31st to September 3rd.
Portuguese Open and Portugal Masters
The highlight of 2022 will be the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos, for the third consecutive year on that Óbidos Golf Course, designed by the late Seve Ballesteros. The only Portuguese tournament of the Challenge Tour, which always attracts the elite of the second European division of professional golf, is scheduled from September 15 to 18.
The Open de Portugal, an FPG tournament, could eventually become the most important Portuguese golf event in 2022 because the Portugal Masters has not yet been included in the 2022 calendar of the DP World Tour (the former European Tour).
There is, however, an unfilled vacancy on the DP World Tour calendar between October 20 and 23 and, it should be remembered, in 2021, the Portugal Masters was only definitively confirmed about two months before it was due to take place. The same may happen in 2022.
Portugal International Amateur Championships
Right at the beginning of the year, as usual, the 92nd Amateur International Championships of Portugal will inaugurate the calendar of the European Golf Association (EGA), at the Montado Hotel & Golf Resort, near Lisbon.
The women's tournament runs from January 26 to 29 and the men's from February 9 to 12. Traditionally, many of the best European amateurs travel to Portugal for these two tournaments.
The importance of the Portugal International Amateur Championship for the best Portuguese amateurs, who can amass important world ranking points there - as has been seen in recent years, with the triumphs of Vítor Londot Lopes and Daniel da Costa Rodrigues, respectively in 2018 and 2019 - means that the FPG seeks to provide them with the best possible preparation.
FPG Circuit and other professional tournaments
In this sense, the 1st FPG Circuit Tournament has been scheduled for February 5 and 6, at Montado Golf Course, in Lisbon three days before the International Men's Amateur Championship of Portugal.
"This event will serve to prepare the golf course and the players for the International Amateur. The decision to make this tournament at Montado Golf Course followed this strategy", confirmed João Coutinho.
The FPG Circuit has always brought together the best amateurs playing in Portugal, but since 2021 it has raised a qualitative level by also integrating professional players. It has become the new jewel in the FPG calendar and the 2021 experience was extremely positive.
Posted on 20 Jan 2022
José Carlos Rodrigues and Vítor Paixão present the circuit which they say is a "meeting of nationalities".
The sixth edition of the Cascais Golf Trophy will start on January 28 and, in 2022, any golf course member can take part in this competition with nine qualifying events throughout the year, to end with the final at Oitavos Dunes. This tournament was created in 2016 by the golf courses in the Cascais region, and its operational management is the responsibility of José Carlos Rodrigues and Vítor Paixão, who kick off here.
Golftattoo - What distinguishes the Cascais Golf Trophy from other tournaments?
Vítor Paixão - The Cascais Golf Trophy is a competition played throughout the year on the seven golf courses in the Cascais region. It was created so that members of the various golf courses could enjoy the region's golf courses and, mainly, with the aim of creating synergies between all players to make the offer of these seven golf courses more attractive to members.
José Carlos Rodrigues - It should also be noted that the Cascais Golf Trophy brings together a wide variety of players from 30 to 75 years of age, of Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese, Russian, French, Swiss and Italian nationalities, all living in the region, making this competition a meeting of nationalities that is difficult to find in other golf tournaments.
Posted on 19 Jan 2022
The Driving Circuit / National Youth Championship opened this Saturday, 15 January, the official 2022 calendar of the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG).
The first tournament of the main FPG junior circuit took place until Sunday, 16th January at the Amendoeira Golf Resort, near Albufeira.
It was two days, where 90 youngsters of both genders discussed the first trophies of the year in the under-12 and under-14 age groups on the O'Connor Jr. Golf Course, and in the under-16 and under-18 age groups on the Faldo Golf Course.
The youth elite of Portuguese golf responded present and all the 2021 national youth champions were present, with the exception of Pedro Afonso Mendes, who can no longer join the under-18s.
Moreover, Francisca Salgado, Inês Belchior, Ana da Costa Rodrigues, Sofia Barroso Sá, Francisco Reis, Tomás Afonso Araújo and Afonso da Costa Rodrigues are all competing on the Algarve golf course, all national champions in 2021, but most of whom are playing this year in the next bracket.
Of course, the presence of Sofia Barroso Sá stands out for also being the absolute national champion, since last year she surpassed the best Portuguese amateurs and professionals in the Hyundai Absolute National Championship.
For the fifth consecutive year, the titles of national youth champions, from under 12 to under 18, have been awarded to the No.1 on the Drive Tour Ranking.
So, instead of playing just one tournament, as happened in the past, players must now excel, showing consistency throughout the year, in order to reach the much sought-after No.1.
This year, the regular phase comprises six tournaments that qualify for the Drive Tour/National Youth Championship National Final, scheduled for the Montado Hotel & Golf Resort, in Lisbon, on 12th and 13th November.
"The novelty in 2022 is that foreign players will be able to participate in the National Final," said João Coutinho.
The national technical director specified that, "However, as foreigners cannot be designated national champions, they will not be part of the National Final classification."
"This change does not take away any place from Portuguese players, because we have chosen to increase the number of participants in the National Final. The presence of foreigners will raise the competitive level", added the federative leader.
After the Algarve round, the Drive Tour/ National Youth Championship will continue with the 2nd Tournament at the Oporto Golf Club (Espinho) and at the Club de Golf de Miramar (Vila Nova de Gaia), on 19 and 20 March.
This will be followed by the 3rd Tournament on 14th and 15th May in Benavente, at Ribagolfe Oaks and Ribagolfe Lakes; the 4th Tournament from 15th to 17th July at Santo Estêvão Golf, also in Benavente, coinciding on this date and on the same course with the National Youth Championship under-10; the 5th Tournament on 27th and 28th August at Estela Golf Club, in Póvoa de Varzim; and the 6th Tournament at Quinta do Vale Golf Resort, in Vila Real de Santo António.
"I call your attention to two important points in this calendar - says João Coutinho - and the most important is that there are no coincidences of dates between the Drive Circuit and the FPG Circuit, because they are complementary for the best young Portuguese players. But also the fact that we have anticipated a little the date of the 5th Tournament, in August, because it will eventually serve as preparation for the World Championships, something that may be important, especially in the female sector".
The most evident case is that of Sofia Barroso Sá, who is competing in the Drive Tour/ National Youth Championship, in the FPG Circuit and should integrate the national female team, should Portugal go to the World Cup in France.
At the end of the first day the leaders of the various age groups are the following:
Under-18 female, Sofia Barroso Sá (Quinta do Lago), 72 strokes (Par).
Under-18 male, Pedro Sousa Machado (Oporto), 72 (Par).
Under-16 girls, Francisca Rocha (Oporto), 82 (+10).
Under-16 male, Diogo Rocha (Miramar), 72 (Par).
U-14 and U-12 girls, Amélia Gabin (Quinta do Lago), 81 (+9).
Under-14 male, Daniel Riu Vasquez (Tavira), 75 (+3).
Under-12 male, Francisco Reis (Orizonte), 75 (+3).
Posted on 19 Jan 2022
In her first interview since she moved to the USA in August, Leonor Medeiros makes an extremely positive balance, in all chapters, of the experience that she is living as a freshman at the University of South Florida, in Tampa.
After having made a name for herself in Portugal as one of the best Portuguese golf amateurs ever, starring in a historic rivalry with Sofia Sá (who will also be on her way to the States this summer), the 18 year old athlete from Quinta do Peru Golf Course, near Lisbon, feels that this was the right step in her ambition to become a professional golf player, being able to conciliate her studies with golf pratice at the highest level before launching herself into such a challenge.
In sporting terms, she soon established herself on the Bulls' team: she was a starter in all the tournaments held last year during the Fall Season, a season that you could say was a warm-up for the remaining months and years on the USF campus. Oh, and he had the opportunity to hang out with world golf stars like Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson and Christina Kim, among others.
She is full of praise for the way she was received, the good environment and the excellent conditions she found, an entire structure built to help. She acknowledges that the pace of life for a student-athlete is very high and hard, but this has not been a problem.
She says that her golf coaches are, more than that, true friends. In fact, Leonor Medeiros says that she has made incredible friendships, namely with Sara Barata, also Portuguese, who is on the Bulls basketball team and has been a fundamental part in her adaptation.
Posted on 19 Jan 2022
The Quinta das Lágrimas Golfe Course in Coimbra has a new golf coach who will take over the coaching staff of the Golf Course.
Marta Ramalho has a degree in Physical Education and Sports from the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies.
She is a Grade II Golf Coach, working since 2017 at the National Golf Training Centre in Jamor, of the Portuguese Golf Federation.
To her curriculum she adds a wide range of training and also experience as a National Team athlete.
She is a dynamic and motivated coach whose constant goal is the growth of golf in Portugal, having always shown great commitment and passion in the projects in which she has been involved.
Come and meet Quinta das Lágrimas Golf Course and Coach Marta Ramalho!
Posted on 18 Jan 2022
Federation releases study on the macroeconomic impact on the Portuguese economy
The Portuguese Golf Federation has released a study on the macroeconomic impact of golf on the Portuguese economy, reporting a figure of one billion euros and the creation of around 16,000 jobs.
The study, requested by the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG) from Deloitte, reveals that the direct and indirect impact of the practice of the sport in the generation of wealth in the national economy, in 2018, exceeded 1.9 billion euros (1,025 million euros direct), and is estimated to correspond to an indirect tax revenue of about 141 million euros, and in the creation/maintenance of approximately 16,600 jobs.
"It is a study that will allow us to support our decision-making. We, without data, are just another person with an opinion, and so we needed to have more concrete data," explained the president of the FPG, Miguel Franco de Sousa.
At the presentation by videoconference, which was also attended by Alexandre Barroso, president of the Golf Managers Association of Portugal, Pedro Santos Rosa, the Deloitte member responsible for the analysis, argued that the study has "a credible and robust result" and that "it comes at a very relevant time, when several golf sectors have been affected."
"In addition to the impact on the economy, golf represents qualitative benefits, at the level of Portugal's notoriety internationally, socio-cultural enrichment, infrastructure development and environmental sustainability solutions, among others," Pedro Santos Rosa highlighted.
Given the closure of 83 infrastructures in Portugal, with an average revenue per golf course of 1.8 million euros, and the stoppage of the sport due to the covid-19 pandemic, the figures presented today will not have the same reflection on the economy this year.
"The estimate is for a drop in revenue from golf courses of around 65%. In March there was already less than 50% of what would be the usual business and in April and May there was no revenue at all, but these three months correspond to the high season in golf. We continue and we will continue without tourists until September, so I would say that these 65% in golf could be a higher percentage in what the hotel business concerns golf", stressed Alexandre Barroso.
As a way of countering these falls in golfing revenues and minimising the impact on the national economy of around 600 to 700 million euros, Miguel Franco de Sousa defends, among other measures, the "reduction of VAT", currently set at 23%.
"It would have a very significant impact. It is such an important factor in the sports and tourism sector, and in a country where the practice of physical activity and a healthy way of life is encouraged, it makes no sense for the activity to be taxed at 23%, a highly penalising tax regime. I believe that reviewing the tax framework applied to golf would be an added value in the long term, as the 'lay-off' and moratoria are being in the short term," concluded the president of the FPG.
Posted on 11 Jan 2022
Sentry Tournament of Champions features 17 of the world's top 20 ranked players
Rory McIlroy, by choice, and Cameron Champ, with covid-19, are the only absentees among the players eligible for the Sentry Tournament of Champions ($8.2 million prize-money), the tenth tournament of the season on the PGA Tour and the first of 2022, reserved for winners in calendar year 2021, which is played between this Thursday and Sunday, as usual, at the Plantation Golf Course at Kapalua on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
Among last year's champions, the only exception is Xander Schauffele: winner of the 2019 edition and runner-up in 2020 (along with Patrick Reed, upon Justin Thomas' victory in a play-off with both of them), he did not win any event on the circuit last year, but enters the field as a gold medallist at the Tokyo Olympics. In all there are 37 players taking part.
Naturally this Tournament of Champions is packed with the biggest stars in the sport, including the world number 1 and 2 respectively, Spain's Jon Rahm and USA's Collin Morikawa, the latter of whom could dethrone the former from the top of the rankings.
Patrick Cantlay (4th in the world) will play his first event since winning the FedEx Cup at the beginning of September and Phil Mickelson (33rd), who in May became, at 50 years of age, the oldest Grand Slam winner, at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, in South Carolina, returns to a tournament in which he has not played since 2001, and which he won in 1994 and 1998, when it was still played at La Costa Resort & Spa, in California.
Of the top 20 in the rankings, the only ones besides McIlroy not competing in Kapalua are Dustin Johnson (3rd) and South African Louis Oostuizen (11th). Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler are the only absentees among the 12 players who represented the US national team and soundly beat Europe at the Ryder Cup in late September in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.
There are eight players making their tournament debuts: Australians Cameron Davis and Lucas Herbert, South Africans Garrick Higgo and Erik van Rooyen, South Korea's K.H. Lee, Ireland's Seamus Power and Americans Joel Dahmen and Talor Gooch, the latter the 2021-2022 FedEx Cup leader and the latter qualifying for Hawaii after winning on November 21 at The RSM Classic on Sea Island, Georgia.
This edition of the Tournament of Champions marks a return to its normal format, as last year, due to the three-month hiatus in 2020 caused by the pandemic, there was an extension of the field to players who competed in the 2020 Tour Championship (the closing FedEx Cup event) without having won any titles.
Ironically, it would be one of them who would emerge victorious in 2021 and it is he who defends the trophy from today: Harris English, (12th). A year ago, he achieved in Hawaii what was his first PGA Tour victory since 2013, beating Chilean youngster Joaquin Niemann on the first play-off hole. English would go on to make it an encore last season by then winning the Travelers Championship after a play-off with Kramer Hickcok that lasted eight holes.
Only three times in the last 13 years has the winner's aggregate score at the Sentry Tournament of Champions not been at least 20 under par (the average is -22). In 2021, there were only 12 rounds over par. Whoever wants to win will have to make a lot of birdies and eagles.
The event will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2, from 11pm.
Posted on 10 Jan 2022
The 7th and last race of the Order of Merit, was played last Saturday (8th of January) in Montebelo Golf Course by more than fifty players representing 9 clubs (Qª Lágrimas, Viseu, Estela, Engenheiros, Benfica, Vidago, Exército, ACP and Miramar). Despite the Montebelo Course not being at its best, the results were good. Rui Brás won in net with 41 points. Nuno Silva got 40, Manuel António 38, Carlos Miranda 37, Jorge Silva, João Monteiro, José António and Pedro Ferreira 36 and António Cunha and Jorge Sousa 35. João Monteiro was the best player with 26 points. Carlos Miranda and Pedro Ferreira scored 1 less point and Arnaldo Paredes, Tiago Rocha, António Cunha, Rui Brás and Jorge Sousa all scored 2 less. The longest shots belonged to José Santos and Isabel Guedes and the most accurate shot in hole 12 was by João Monteiro. At the end of the tournament the prizes were distributed to the winners of the Order of Merit.
Posted on 07 Jan 2022
The 1st Senior Ranking event of the current year was played on January 5th, at Montebelo Golf Course. Due to the weather conditions, half of the race was played with heavy fog (those who did not know the golf course could not play it) and the other half, some rain. With this situation, together with the fact that the Montebelo Golf Course was a bit flooded, the poor results were predictable. So, 34 points guaranteed the victory to Carlos Tinoco, followed by Manuel Trindade with 32, José Marques 30 and Samuel Barros and Marco Hélio 29. In the 2nd category the podium was composed by Paulo Neves with 29 and Álvaro Marreco and Américo Melo 27, while in the 3rd category the champion was the "young" Manuel Souza with 27. Manuel Trindade won gross with 21, followed by Carlos Tinoco with 20, Marco Hélio 18, José Marques 17 and Samuel Barros 16. The race ended with the tasting of a meal "Bacalhau no forno".
Posted on 03 Jan 2022
The Montebelo Golf Course, near Viseu and excellent for your golf holidays hosted yesterday (Sunday, 2nd January) the Captain's Cup, an event that the Clube de Golfe de Viseu has instituted to perpetuate João Vinagre, the club's captain, who passed away 10 years ago. The first shotgun holes of this 10th edition were played in heavy fog which made the game very difficult. The golfer Maria Helena Coelho was the great winner of the trophy as her 71 net shots made it possible. Manuel Cardoso followed with the same number of shots, Fernando Pimentel 75, Paulo Camacho 76, João Navega and Paulo Domingues 77 and Roelie Lambrichs, Cristina Sousa and Vitor Costa all 78. The young man (16 years old) from Lisbon, João Iglésias who defends the colours of Miramar, used his handicap (1,7) and won the gross with 85 shots. Fernando Pimentel scored 2 more and Carlos Duarte, António Sousa and João Navega scored 3 more.
Posted on 03 Jan 2022
The seniors from Viseu played the last round of the year at Montebelo Golf Course, near Viseu, a great destination for their golf holidays. This last round didn't leave much to remember, mainly due to the weather conditions with intense fog and some rain. Even with these conditions, the first four of the net classificative defeated the Montebelo golf course. Luís Eugénio, who defends the colours of Quinta das Lágrimas golf course, reached the first position with 45 points. He was followed by Vítor Costa with 39, Adelino Ferreira 38, Samuel Barros 37, Carlos Graça 35, Álvaro Marreco and Paulo Neves 33 and Ricardo Coelho, José Amaral and Carlos Aleixo 32. Samuel Barros' 23 points gave him the overall victory, beating Manuel Trindade by 2 points, Vítor Costa by 4 and Jacinto Pinto and Paulo Neves by 10. The conviviality ended with the tasting of "Pito no forno", the poet golfer read a poem allusive to the moment and then toasted the end of the year.
Posted on 03 Jan 2022
The Algarvian Rodrigo Santos was the absolute winner of the 19th Vilamoura International Youth Tournament, which took place on the Dom Pedro Millennium golf course, organised by Vilamoura Golf Club with the support of Loulé Municipal Council and the Parish Councils of Quarteira and S. Sebastião. Fifty youngsters took part, aged between 4 and 18.
This annual tournament, which is open to a record hundred participants, usually has a large delegation from neighbouring Andalusia and players from various national clubs, but the pandemic has also affected youth competition.
The participants play 9 or 18 holes, according to their handicaps, and the youngsters still without a handicap play a putting match. Most of them had the support of their parents during the competition.
In previous editions, this tournament had the participation of youngsters who are today a reference in national golf, such as the professionals Ricardo Melo Gouveia and Gonçalo Pinto.
In the very competitive putting competition, Vicente Fernandes won with 39 strokes, followed by Varvara Tiagun 39 and Carolina Custodinho 42.
In the 9-hole event, Russian Eleonora Savanovich, 12 years old, who is on holiday in Vilamoura, won and finished with 18 points, followed by Chinese Jia Shi 17 and Tomás Lima Pinto 14 points.
In the Under'10 category Rodrigo Sousa Correia won with 24 gross points and in the Under'12 category Brooks Barker won with 88 shots. In the Under 16's Tiago Abrantes won with 78 shots.
The absolute winner of the competition, Rodrigo Santos, won the ''Under 14's'' with 73 strokes over the 18 holes of the Millennium, followed by Dinis Rebelo with 78.
In the main class, under 18's, Tomas Mician won with 74 shots, followed by Miguel Krowicki with 76 and Gustavo Monteiro with 79.
The tournament closed with a lunch for the participants and their companions, always following the health security indications due to the pandemic, with small groups, separated and whenever possible everyone wearing a mask.
Posted on 21 Dec 2021
The Association of Sports and Culture of Quinta do Lago (ADCQL) closed its 2011 season with the Closing Tournament at the Quinta do Lago South golf course, which brought together dozens of its members.
The winner in Gross was António Santos, while in the three net categories Michael Vandycke, José Encarnação and António Camacho won. The ladies' winner was Graça Carter.
The prizes referring to the tournament, as well as the other ten tournaments held during the season, in a total of 61 prizes were distributed during a convivial lunch served at the Casa do Lago restaurant.
This year, the ADCQL had 11 tournaments, played on various golf courses in the Algarve region. Every year, the Quinta do Lago club holds a tournament abroad, and this year the country chosen was neighbouring Spain, Isla Canela golf course where the Iberian Tournament was played.
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Posted on 20 Dec 2021
23 pairs took part in Montebelo's Christmas tournament, a charity event which this year reinforced the S. S. de Farminhão Association's coffer. As in recent years, it was played in texas-scramble mode with no limit to the number of the drivers , which allowed, along with the good condition of the Montebelo golf course and the excellent sunny day, the excellent results achieved, given that the first 21 teams were above four dozen points. The Coimbra duo Vicente Gouveia / Fernando Pimentel (they played with 15 handicap) was the protagonist of the day, as they won both tables. In the standard ranking they got 51 points, José Cabral / Teresa Cabral and Idalina Cardoso / Delfim Cardoso got 49, Romeu Coutinho / Paulo Coutinho 48 and Paulo Domingues / Manuela Domingues, Agostinho Lopes / Jorge Toste, Samuel Barros / João Navega and Luís Marques / Helena Coelho all with 47. In the ranking, the double from Coimbra equaled the pair of the golf course, being superior by 2 points to the pair António Cunha / José Santos and by 4 to the doubles Agostinho Lopes / Jorge Toste and Romeu Coutinho / Paulo Coutinho. This Christmas party culminated with an excellent buffet followed by a prize draw with vauchers from various golf courses in the country.
Posted on 07 Dec 2021
Portugal has been considered the 'Best Golf Destination in Europe' six times and in 2013 it was even the best in the world. This kind of title attracts a lot of public and many people can mean excessive spending of resources and generate a lot of pollution.
"The agents of the sector, public entities, associations, managers, maintenance teams and coaches are professionals with training in the areas of sustainability and our golf tourism resorts have already adopted measures aimed at a more efficient use of existing resources and a reduction in waste production and greenhouse gas emissions," contradicts the FPG.
Turismo de Portugal intends to empower the sector for a trajectory that wants to be more sustainable and support companies in this transition, which means increasing the skills of professionals in the sector with regard to the sustainability of the activity, leverage existing initiatives, give visibility to good practices and inspire everyone to do more and better in building an increasingly sustainable tourist destination.
According to the Study of the Macroeconomic Impact of Golf in Portugal in the year 2018, developed by Deloitte for FPG, the direct and indirect impact of the practice of golf in generating wealth in the Portuguese economy exceeded 1.9 billion euros, being responsible not only for 16500 jobs, but also for reducing the seasonality of tourist destinations, creating greater sustainability in business and employment throughout the year.
An undeniable example of golf's contribution to the sustainability of regions that depend, to a large extent, on tourism, especially when characterised by seasonality, is the Algarve.
Posted on 07 Dec 2021
"The practice of golf puts the athlete directly in contact with nature and the environment, making them aware of environmental issues from an early age. The preservation of the golf course and the environment in which it is located, the environmental challenges faced by the golf club, among others, are known by the members of the club", says the Portuguese Golf Federation.
Tomás Bessa Guimarães is one of the golfers aware of the environmental challenges the world is facing. At 21, the Portuguese athlete adopted a vegan lifestyle and four years later says he feels "a great improvement in various aspects that contributed to an improvement in performance in general".
"I adopted a vegan diet roughly four years ago. I've always been a sportsman and a nutrition enthusiast . Half way through I would 'wander' through the literature looking for new studies that could add something new and improve my routine as an athlete. I accidentally came across a site called Nutritionfacts.org and was super impressed with the accuracy and content of the site. After checking that there was strong scientific evidence that a vegan diet could be advantageous over an omnivorous diet I decided to venture out. This was the main reason for my change", said the golfer from Oporto to SAPO Desporto.
Currently living in the Algarve, Tomás Bessa has already represented the Portuguese national team and was national champion in 2020, counting also with two international victories.
I feel I am giving the best 'fuel' to my body and at the same time having an ecological attitude and respect for animals and their ecosystems.
Over the years, the Portuguese golfer has felt increasingly activist, this because the benefits of this lifestyle have brought him the certainty that there are countless unfounded myths that lead people to completely reject these principles.
"Why should we kill animals to feed ourselves if we don't need them to survive? Why choose animal products when we know that their production involves an expenditure of natural resources that is not at all sustainable for the planet? I don't think it's fair for a child in Africa to die of hunger while a cow drinks more than 15 litres of water a day and eats as much feed to provide a few kilos of steaks?
The golfer explains that at the beginning of the change to veganism - which includes a new diet - he was accompanied by a nutritionist, but that today he already has a basic knowledge that allows him to be more autonomous.
In one of SAPO Desporto's reports about vegetarianism in Portuguese football, nutritionist António Pedro Mendes, currently working for Sporting Clube de Portugal, explained that "science seems to show that, when metabolic parameters are evaluated, or even through the direct evaluation of performance, there are no significant differences" between a vegetarian/vegan diet and an omnivorous one.
The nutrition professional also made it clear that an athlete will not be better on a vegetarian/vegan diet, underlining that there is no evidence that points in that direction. You can read the full interview HERE.
Tomás Bessa, who intends to compete in 2022 in the Challenge Tour circuit - the second European division of European professional golf - and achieve the ascension to the main division of golf in Europe - also left a message to all those who are reading this article.
"Reducing the consumption of animal products helps, and a lot, to protect our planet. Many people are unaware of the energy expenditure required to get the final product to the consumer and the impact that this whole process has on global warming and public health..."
Perhaps most prominent among vegan athletes is Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time world champion of the sport has already won the Person of the Year award for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for his activism in the sustainability of the planet, as well as having invested in the vegan fast food restaurant "Neat Burger" in London. He also produced the documentary "The Game Changers".
At 37, at the peak of his career as a Formula One driver, Hamilton has achieved celebrity status - which he seems to reject - allowing him to speak his mind, even if it means hurting organisations like the FIA (International Automobile Federation). The most important thing is not to let issues like the well-being of the planet, the importance of veganism and, above all, that we are all treated equally, regardless of the differences that may exist between humans, fall into oblivion. You can read SAPO Desporto's exclusive interview with the British driver held in 2020.
As golf is an Olympic sport, and considering that the theme sustainability is one of the pillars of Agenda 2020+5 of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which guides the actions of the international Olympic movement, the Portuguese Golf Federation has sought to mobilise sports agents, including golf professionals, for sensitive issues such as water consumption, habitat protection, waste management and the adoption of more sustainable maintenance practices.
Posted on 07 Dec 2021
The practice of golf puts the athlete directly in contact with nature, making them aware of environmental issues from an early age. The preservation of the golf course and the environment in which it is located, the environmental challenges faced by the golf clubs in Portugal, among others, are known by golfers.
We think that sport in Portugal is just football, but the truth is that golf attracts thousands of tourists to our country, generating almost two billion euros for the Portuguese economy, translating into more than 140 million euros in taxes for the State finances. What's more, the golf sport is responsible for employing more than 16500 people.
Golf players play outdoors, close to nature and tend to value good environmental practices. The Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG), who talked to SAPO Desporto, says that golfers are aware of climate changes and how important it is to take care of the Portuguese golf courses, either by moderating natural resources or by preserving the environment.
For the entities that oversee the sport of golf and those who practice it, there is a very serious commitment to sustainability. There are various types of golf courses, from compact urban courses covering an area of 5 to 10 hectares (ha) to 9 or 18 hole courses occupying areas varying between 20 ha and 70-80 ha. Whatever the typology or size, the "coexistence of golf courses in Portugal, managed in a sustainable way, with the promotion of biodiversity is not only possible, but is a reality", the FPG tells us.
In urban and rural environments, golf courses have a relevant environmental and ecological function for the community. In addition to their important contribution to the experience and quality of life of users, whether they are golfers or not, locals or tourists, "golf courses have a high ecological value due to the diversity of flora, predominantly native, and important habitats for conservation that provide refuge and food for the fauna".
In addition, "the golf sector in Portugal has invested in reducing the size of irrigated areas, in the adoption of grasses adapted to the local climate and to specific soil situations and in the implementation of new technologies, assisting not only the programming process, but also the efficiency of irrigation, allowing significant water savings (20-30% reductions), through optimised irrigation, with smaller quantities of water, without the vegetative aspect of the plants on the lawn losing quality". More recently, the use of treated wastewater has become an important factor in irrigation management planning, except in situations where it is not technically and economically feasible.
The Portuguese Golf Federation intends to rehabilitate "urban areas and degraded landscapes, to enhance the improvement of air quality, thermal mitigation, water infiltration into the soil and the recharge of groundwater" on several Portuguese golf courses.
In protecting the environment, the Portuguese Golf Federation promotes "the adoption of environmental qualification tools for new or existing sports facilities, for example through the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) OnCourse® programme, promoted by the R&A." There are also the thematic awareness campaigns that stimulate the "implementation of good environmental practices through the Golf Development Fund (funding mechanism for Club projects)".
As an example, the FPG promoted a pilot project aimed at reducing the volumes of water consumed in the irrigation of the golf course at the Jamor National Golf Training Centre.
Posted on 02 Dec 2021
The 15th edition of the tournament was held at Salgados Golf Course, with excitement and a Sponsors Invitational.
CN Sports and Melair, the Portuguese representative of Royal Caribbean International, organised the 15th edition of the Royal Caribbean Golf Tournament. This year, the event had something new, as in addition to the Match Play played over several months from north to south of the country and with the participation of around 320 players, the Sponsors Invitational was held on the following day.
These two days of golf took place at Salgados Golf Course on 20th and 21st November and ended with a fantastic cocktail served by the W Algarve, followed by the prize giving lunch.
Patrícia Matias and Eduardo Lima were this year's great champions. In the second category, Patrícia Matias tied the last hole of the last match of the day to win...
In the first category it was necessary to resort to a play-off between three players. Eduardo Santos Lima won on the first hole with a birdie. He beat Tiago Costa and José Cândido de Oliveira.
The two winners were invited for a Royal Caribbean "golf cruise", between 12th and 19th June, in the Mediterranean, on board the Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, still under construction.
The following day, also at Salgados, the Royal Caribbean Sponsors Invitational took place, a tournament for 60 guests of the event's Partners. The net champion was Luís Filipe Luís with 36 points, and in gross Ricardo Pereira also won with 36 points.
The young Lucas Azinheiro was in evidence, by making a hole-in-one in hole 12; a par 3 of about 115 metres, playing a wedge. After the prize giving, there was also a raffle, highlighting a trip for two people in executive class, offered by Turkish Airlines, won by Tiago Costa, among others.
The 2022 edition, which will bring some new features, is already being prepared.
The Royal Caribbean Match Play 2021 had as main partners the Ageas Portugal Group, the W Algarve and LeasePlan, Banco Carregosa as official bank; as partners Freixenet, Turkish Airlines and Revo; it also had the support of Avila Spaces, Infusões com História, Shirt by Hand and Vista Alegre.
The official courses of the event were Nau Hotels & Resorts, Quinta do Peru and Oporto Golf Club; the official app of the event was Hole19 and had as Media Partners the TV program Golf & Golfistas, with transmissions in the several channels of SPORT TV, as well as GolfTattoo. All were essential to the success of another edition of the Royal Caribbean Golf Tournament.
Posted on 29 Nov 2021
Golfe de Amarante hosted, on November 20 and 21, the Amarante Invitational PRO AM, a golf event that brought together the best professional players in Portugal.
According to the organisation, it was "two days of competition at the highest level, which brought to Amarante big names of national golf, such as Pedro Figueiredo, Pedro Lencart, Tomás Bessa, Leonor Bessa and the former selector of the Portuguese Golf Federation, Sebastião Gil".
On the first day of competition, 20 professionals and 60 amateurs formed teams and the victory went to the MA Videira team, accompanied by the professional João Pinto Basto. On the second day the competition continued with pairs of one professional and one amateur, with the Fianor team, formed by Armando Ribeiro and João Ramos, a professional, winning. Professional Pedro Figueiredo, a European Tour player, was the winner of the event with an aggregate score of -7.
"The first edition of the Amarante Invitational PRO AM marks the return of high competition to the Amarante course and given its success, all participants look forward to a new edition of this fantastic tournament", guaranteed Golfe Amarante.
Posted on 24 Nov 2021
Custódio Correia, CEO of the Socicorreia Group, begins by listing the "four brands" involved in the JM Golf Trophy and for which he admits to having "great regard". Then comes his personal taste for golf. "It's not a new experience for me, I've already done it in other parts of the country, and I have no doubt that it will be a way for us to boost both the companies involved and the Autonomous Region of Madeira."
"More and more our main client is foreign. The bet is abroad", points out Custódio Correia, with conviction. "The JM Golf Trophy will be a great event, it will show what can be done in Madeira and what can be taken out of Madeira, organized by Madeirans."
Custódio Correia knows that "golf meets our clients, it's the most appropriate sport for attracting this type of client. Most of our clients play golf, it's a sport much appreciated by emigrants and foreigners who want to settle in Madeira. We will show that in Madeira there are good golf courses, as there are quality flats and very good hotels, we have activities that allow us to conclude that it is very good to live in Madeira."
"This golf tournament will help us in attracting investment," concludes Custódio Correia.
Posted on 18 Nov 2021
In this second year of the pandemic, the Algarve has relied on residents to support tourism and minimise the loss of golf rounds on the algarve golf courses, reports 'Dinheiro Vivo'.
Golf has supported the activity in the south after the return to school, registering "some relevant demand" until the first half of December.
"July was not a month with good performance in the domestic market or in the foreign market. August was very marked, and similarly to what had happened in 2020, with record levels of hotel overnight stays in the domestic market that continued into September, so until September 10, when school started again," explains the president of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA), João Fernandes.
According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), the Algarve recorded 8.2 million overnight stays between January and September, an increase on the 7.8 million recorded in 2020.
Until September, residents ensured more than half of the overnight stays - 4.6 million - having been 3.8 million last year.
According to João Fernandes, the return to school generated a drop in domestic demand "soon afterwards compensated by the start of the golf season and the resumption of the British, German and Irish markets," with "the courses with a good level of demand until the end of November."
Posted on 16 Nov 2021
The San Lourenço golf course, located in the Algarve and ranked in the top 5 of the best golf courses in Algarve, has a fantastic lay-out as a result of its location, next to the Ria Formosa and Faro beach. This prime location and the existence of a huge lake next to holes 8, 17, and 18, favour the concentration of an abundant and varied animal fauna.
Yesterday I played this wonderful course with a professional and a lady with a high handicap, and I could see that in many of the holes, good strategy—club selection—is essential for the tee shot. The professional did not use the drive in any holes on the front nine, but due to the wind direction, he used it six times on the back nine. For an amateur player whose tee shot is not much longer than 220 meters, the drive should be used much more often.
The golf course features a wide variety of dog legs, with some strategically placed fairway bunkers and a not-too-aggressive rough. The greens are all generously sized, bunkered, and have very different shapes, making for always interesting situations when shooting the green.
The par 3s are all accessible with short or medium irons except for the 16th hole, which requires a 180m shot.
The practice putting green is small.
The driving range near tee 1 makes warming up easy.
The club house is old and rustic in appearance, but with excellent service and a sunny terrace.
This is the ideal golf course to visit for those looking for some great golf holidays or golf breaks.
Posted on 16 Nov 2021
The Portuguese Ricardo Santos and Pedro Figueiredo missed, on Friday, the 'cut' at the Dubai Championship, thus saying goodbye to the last event of the European Tour golf season.
After a discrete performance on the first round, the two players did not improve today and finished well below the cut, thus missing the maintenance of the main European golf circuit. Ricardo Santos finished in the 83rd position, with 142 strokes (two under par), and Pedro Figueiredo in the 110th position, with 148 strokes (plus four).
Ricardo Santos, who on Thursday was equal in 38th position, still in a position to fight for the top places, had a very irregular round, with five birdies (one under), at holes 1, 7, 9, 13 and 18, and six bogeys (one over), at holes 2, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17.)
Pedro Figueiredo, who had already had a bad round in the first round, had another day to forget, making a round with four more shots than the day before, on a day on which he scored only two birdies, at holes 7 and 15, for four bogeys, at holes 1, 2, 3 and 17, and a double-bogey at hole 8.
Posted on 03 Nov 2021
Golf tournament will take place from 4th to 7th November at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.
Pádraig Harrington, European Ryder Cup Captain and former champion of this tournament, and Matt Wallace, winner of four European Tour titles, are confirmed for the 15th edition of the Portugal Masters, which will take place from 4th to 7th November at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in Vilamoura.
The Portugal Masters distributes this year 1.5 million euros in prize money and is the last qualifying competition for the closing tournament of the European first division, the DP World Tour Championship, in Dubai.
Irishman Padraig Harrington, 50, won his 15th and final European Tour title at the 2016 Portugal Masters and "retains all his competitiveness". This year, he "shone in one of the Grand Slam tournaments, having been 4th at the PGA Championship, and was also 6th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic", says the competition's organisation.
"I have always enjoyed playing the Portugal Masters. It's a fantastic tournament, where it's usually good weather and has a really good atmosphere," said Padraig Harrington, the European selector who lost this year's Ryder Cup to the United States.
Harrington joins five other Portugal Masters champions returning to Vilamoura this year: South Africa's George Coetzee (who will defend the title he won in 2020), England's Andy Sullivan and Steve Brown, France's Alex Levy and Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard.
If for the Irishman "the Portugal Masters is the last trophy in his Palmares, where three Grand Slam titles stand out", for Matt Wallace, the victory at the Open de Portugal @ Morgado Golf Resort, in 2017, "was the beginning of a beautiful story".
The 31-year-old Englishman "was not a major figure on the international circuit when he won his first European Tour title in Portimão in May 2017. He had not even won any tournaments on the Challenge Tour, the second division of European golf, although in 2016 he had been No. 1 on the Alps Tour, with six titles won in that third European division," highlights the Portugal Masters.
The Portuguese Open "was unblocked and after that he seemed like a hurricane, adding in bursts, in 2018, three more trophies to his Palmares".
In 2018 "he was seriously chagrined at not being called up to the European team that won the Ryder Cup in France and he paid back with a 2nd place finish at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai" at the close of the 2018 season. In 2019 he proved his worth again with a 3rd place finish at one of the Majors, the PGA Championship.
"I won my first European Tour title at Morgado, not far from Vilamoura, and I always have good feelings when I return to the Algarve. It's a great place to play golf at this time of year and the Portugal Masters is a tournament I've always enjoyed playing in," said Matt Wallace, who has two top-10 finishes this year on the European Tour and three more top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, with last week's 4th place at the Zozo Championship in Japan a highlight.
As previously announced, the 15th Portugal Masters will also count with four players that won tournaments on the European Tour this year: Scotsmen Grant Forrest and Calum Hill, the Danish brothers Nicolai and Rasmus Hojgaard, and also Frenchman Victor Perez.
The tickets for the Portugal Masters amount to 20 euros per day, for adults, 17 euros for those taking part in bonus programmes, 8 euros for youngsters from 12 to 17 years old, and are free for children under 12 years old.
Posted on 29 Oct 2021
Kleya will be present in the 2021 World Corporate Golf Challenge World Final (WCGC) as official sponsor. The brand of Ageas Portugal Group dedicated to providing specialized consulting services to foreigners thus joins the event that will take place at The Oitavos Hotel - Oitavos Dunes, in Cascais, between November 1 and 4.
Vasco Rosa da Silva, founder and CEO of Kleya, explains that sponsoring an event such as this is in line with what the company wants: "Partners and events that present differentiating concepts, that may raise the profile of the tourist offer and that may contribute to the socio-economic development of the country".
In a statement, Vasco Rosa da Silva also stresses that "Portugal can be a very attractive destination for those looking for the ideal golf holidays, which attracts this type of investment, whether it is recognised world events, congresses or conferences".
Posted on 26 Oct 2021
Among the Portuguese players, besides Pedro Figueiredo and Ricardo Santos with direct access to the 15th edition of Portugal Masters, it remains to be seen who will benefit from a wild card.
The South African golfer George Coetzee will return to defend his Portugal Masters title, in Vilamoura, between November 04th and 7th, at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, which opens its doors to the public again this year.
After the health bubble imposed a year ago due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Portuguese tournament of the European Tour, endowed with 1.5 million euros in prize money, will once again be attended by the public on the Algarve course (Par 72) to watch the penultimate event of the season.
Although the entry list has not yet been revealed, the European Tour announced today the presence of defending champion George Coetzee, who won in the Algarve in 2020 his fifth trophy on the circuit, Scots Grant Forrest and Calum Hill and the Danish twin brothers Nicolai and Rasmus Hojgaard.
Among the Portuguese, besides Pedro Figueiredo and Ricardo Santos with direct access to the 15th edition of the Portugal Masters, as effective members of the circuit, it remains to be seen who will benefit from a 'wild card' for the only European Tour event that takes place in Portugal.
Posted on 11 Oct 2021
After having achieved on Sunday the fourth place in the Portuguese tournament of the Challenge Tour, Melo Gouveia, number two in the "Race to Majorca", completed the first round of the French course with 70 shots.
The Portuguese golfers Pedro Lencart, Ricardo Melo Gouveia and Tomás Bessa started this Thursday in good shape at the Swiss Challenge, led by the Portuguese Open champion, the German Marcel Schneider, at Golf Saint Apollinaire.
After having achieved on Sunday fourth place in the Portuguese tournament of the Challenge Tour, Melo Gouveia, number two in the "Race to Majorca", completed the first round of the French circuit with 70 shots, two under par, after recording three birdies (one under) in holes 2, 3 and 12 and a bogey to close the 18th.
Like the Quinta do Lago professional, holder of five Challenge Tour titles, two of which won this season, Pedro Lencart, who turned professional in the summer, also delivered a first card with 70 shots, but with a less consistent display.
The young golfer, 21 years old, made five birdies (1, 2, 5, 7 and 15) against three bogeys (3, 4 and 6) to reach the 43rd place of the leaderboard, tied ahead of Tomás Bessa, who reached the Par of the course in his debut.
German Marcel Schneider, who finished the opening round with 61 shots, 11 under, and leads the tournament with a two shot advantage over Frenchman Frederic Lacroix, runner up at Royal Óbidos, and Italian Enrico Di Nitto.