Vilamoura Golf Player won again U.S. Kids Golf Tour tournament.

Francisco Matos Coelho

Vilamoura Golf Player wins again in Italy

Vilamoura Golf Club player, Francisco Matos Coelho, won for the second consecutive year the Venice International Junior Open, the U.S. Kids Golf Tour tournament, which ended last Saturday, 20 August, in Italy.

It was not, however, a traditional revalidation of the title, because the Vilamoura Golf Club player had won last year at the level of sub-12 and this year competed in the under-13 tournament, which was attended by 11 players from five countries.

Francisco as a long experience playing in Vilamoura golf courses like Pinhal, Laguna, Millennium and Victoria.

Pinhal Golf Course

Oceânico Pinhal Golf is a par 72 course and it is actually the second oldest in Vilamoura

Kiko – as it appears officially in the leaderboards of international tournaments – added 143 strokes, one below the Par Golf Club Frassanelle, delivering 74 and 69 cards.

At the end of the first round, the Lisbon natural representing the Algarve club shared the command with the Italian Vincenzo Pietropaolo (74 + 79), but then in the second round, achieved the only result below par in the two days of competition, to crush the field and triumph with a lead of 9 shots on the 2nd classified, the Italian Pietro Pontiggia (76 + 76).

In theoretical terms, to those who look only to the results, this was a success much easier than last year, then achieved by only 2 strokes, but Pedro Matos Coelho, the player’s father, who accompanied him to Italy ensures that those who watched the tournament cannot make such a simplistic analysis.

“The final numbers (-1) with a difference of 9 strokes for 2nd place, are misleading. The first day ended with two players tied in 1st place, the 3rd was 2 strokes and 4 at just 3. In 28 holes Kiko won by only 3 strokes and everyone knew that, by the end , a difference of 6 or 7 strokes could mean nothing because any imperfect tee-shot would give an immediate penalty that could be difficult to manage,” he added.

But why such a dilated advantage was necessary? It has everything to do with the fact that the Frassanelle course is completely different from Della Montecchia where Kiko won last year: “The field was extraordinarily strategic and, therefore, very difficult. In the middle of a forest, with water hazards on every hole and 18 holes, 10 were doglegs (three of them in perfect L and 30 meters in order to stop the ball and have a green spot). The driver could only be used in 7 holes. The tee off had to be perfect and the big problem was the anguish of knowing that at any time, on any tee-shot, a small flaw could result immediately in a bogey or a double bogey with ball in the water or out of bounds.”

The sub-14 national champion lived this experience on the first day. It could have been isolated in front of the 18-hole, not a back end to forget. That’s why in the second day you can never relax, even when he was at the top of the standings: “On the first day, the beginning of the 17th hole, Kiko was 2 strokes below par, but missed the last two tee-offs resulting in two double bogeys (17:18). ”

If the recent World US Kids Golf (where Kiko got a top-10) the player’s father felt that the main problem were the approaches to the green and some bad decisions in terms of risk. On the contrary on this occasion he was “permanently focused on tee-offs and an had an impressive mindset that earned him one of the most intense experiences for the future.”

Alone at the top Kiko “has not failed a single tee-shot unlike his opponents who have collected poor results in the last hole. He played nearly flawlessly and if the putting was a little better he could have done 3 or 4 strokes less”.

Last year, Francisco Matos Coelho won two titles in U.S. Kids Golf circuit. This year, he changed his age group and has added one more.

At the same Venetian tournament, the Portuguese Tomás Araujo, CG Miramar, was the runner-up at the sub-9 competition.

This year, for the first time, the US Kids Golf will have stages in Portugal, with the so-called Lisbon Local Tour consisting of six tournaments:

One of the next steps of the Vilamoura Golf Player

Quinta do Peru Golf Course


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Spain Golf Experience

Golf Valle Del Este Spa Hotel

Golf Valle Del Este Spa Hotel


Hi Carlos,
First of all many thanks for the opportunity to play and stay in Andalucía , I think we can say a most successful trip all round for Tee Times Golf Agency.
As a point of interest perhaps for your current and future clients wishing to take their golf holidays a little further,  I from our experience can recommend Valle del Este Hotel golf and spa resort as a base to stay, with great value for money the hotel is rated four star with all amenity’s on site  very clean,  good breakfast,  bar, pool and spa facilities .

Tee Times Golf Valle Del Este

Golf Valle Del Este

The golf course is not one to betaken for granted a lot of course management required , but for the low and high handicappers alike it can be a challenge, the course itself is well maintained and at present they are landscaping in and around the course re planting and putting new signs around the course.

I very much rate this resort and if you fancy a break its a must and well worth the visit.

The other courses that we played are not to far from the resort and are excellent opportunities should you want to stay at base at the hotel and play other courses, one course in particular for me is Desert Springs all I can say is that this course out of ten is eleven , the scenery is breath taking and the course is impeccably well manicured , but its not called desert springs for nothing ,should you stray off course you will know what I mean by Desert .

Golf Desert Springs

Golf Desert Springs

The young pros wishing to qualify for the tour are using this course for the second year running by request of the pga .
Water, cactus , and strategically placed bunkers and streams are the hazards to negotiate, if you are in this area this course is a must.

It might be that you would like to play nearer the coast ,well the resort we played is the marina golf resort ,the front nine of this course to be fair is nothing special apart from the sea views , however cross over to the back nine and its first impression is o my god ,you turn the corner and find yourself about two hundred feet above the next green below you ,its the sort of hole you dream of playing,  the green is a dot in the distance ,what a experience , the rest of the back nine is also very good a buggy is a must have though.
This course does not really totally compare with the others but worth playing,  and after looking around the sea front , in fact all of these courses mentioned have very good restaurants close by.

and the hotel at Valle del Este where we stayed is only ten minutes by taxi to the coast where you can find a great choice of restaurants there as we did.

I hope this brief description of the area may help you choose a very good value for money break ,Carlos and his team at Tee Times Golf Agency have more details on these courses for you .

I would like to very much thank Carlos for allowing me  to experience these great resorts in Andalucía especially as we came home with the main competition trophy’s with  first gross and net prizes.

A great experience thank you.

Tee Times Golf Agency – Portugal – Danny Willett Winner of the Masters

Tee Times Portugal Golf - Congratulations Danny Willet Winner of The Masters

Tee Times Portugal Golf – Congratulations Danny Willet Winner of The Masters

Tee Times Golf Agency – Portugal – Danny Willett Winner of the Masters (Congratulations!)

At Tee Times Golf Agency, we made an online poll where our clients were invited to vote on the Masters winner through our website, with prizes of 20€ or 50€ vouchers. Unfortunately none of the participants voted on the surprising winner. Perhaps next time. We want to thank all for the participation and congratulate Danny Willett on the win! Poll results:

Jason Day: 6
Jordan Spieth: 5
Bubba Watson: 2
Rory McIlroy: 2
Dustin Johns: 2
Andy Sullivan: 1
Ian Poulter: 1
Justin Rose: 1

The English is the first European to win at Augusta National since the Spanish Olazábal won in 1999.

It seemed that everything was heading for another yawn on the last lap of the Masters, with Jordan Spieth inexorably move toward the second consecutive title in the first major of the year, but then came the drama for him and glory to England’s Danny Willett, who He became the first European to win on the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club from the Spanish Jose Maria Olazábel in 1999. And this in his second appearance in the tournament (in 2015 was 38). It is also only the second English to win the Masters, after Nick Faldo (champion in 1989, 1990 and 1996).

Willett, who was the 12th second in the world rankings before this success with four wins on the European Tour at age 28, entered the last round tied in fifth with the No. 1 worldwide Jason Day and paragraph 8 Dustin Johnson, the three strokes of Spieth, No. 2 worldwide and commander in the last seven rounds of the Masters since 2015 had led from the beginning.

Completed the first 9 holes, Willett had a handicap of five strokes to Spieth, who had four birdies row to close the front nine . But English made ​​birdies on 13 and 14, while Spieth made ​​bogeys at 10:11 and quadruple bogey at 12 after having gone twice to stop the water (it was the victim, so the Amen Corner). And so, suddenly, Willett was to lead by two.

This advantage lasted only a moment, as the Willett’s playing partner, compatriot Lee Westwood made ​​eagle on 15 for the match but a birdie Willett at 16 against bogey again put things on the threshold.

It was an extraordinary turn of Willett with 5 birdies and no bogey for a 67 (-5) which was the best result of the day alongside their compatriots Paul Casey and Matthew Fitzpatrick. A back that gave him a total of 283 (-5) and allowed him to win with no less than three strokes advantage over Lee Westwood (69) and Jordan Spieth (73), who shared the second place.

The British were in fact in evidence, since the very Casey was ranked fourth tied with the US JBHolmes (68) and Dustin Johnson (71). And there was still Matthew Fitzpatrick also English and sponsored from this Masters by Portuguese application Hole19: shared seventh place with the Danish Soren Kjeldsen (71) and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (73).

As the No. 1 worldwide Jason Day, over 73 to share tenth place with No. 3 worldwide Rory McIlroy (71).


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