Patrick Reed – star of the week

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Patrick Reed with his victory at Doral is the star of the week in the world ranking. The 23 years have gotten into the Top 20 from the post 44. Chesson Hadley, rookie winner in Puerto Rico jumped from 92 º to 63 º and Jake Roos, South African winner in the Open Challenge Kenya rose from 319 º to 226 º.

Spaniards Sergio Garcia moves from ninth to tenth place and Miguel Angel Jimenez (40) ahead of Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (42) practically exchanging positions. Stresses the rise of Pedro Oriol passing the 785 º to 550 º thanks to his second place in Kenya.

The Top 10 hardly moves, only Dustin Johnson moves from 10 th to 8 th, at the expense of Zach Johnson (9th) and the aforementioned Garcia (10th).top10World

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Pestana Vale da Pinta Golf Course -Tournament Review

Pestana vale da pinta Golf CoursePestana Vale da Pinta Golf Course is located in Lagoa, Algarve, just a short drive from the seaside village of Carvoeiro.

The course opened in 1992 and has since hosted the European Tour and Seniors Tour Qualifying Finals, and that fact alone can confirm the quality of the course.

At 6127m this is not a particularly long course even off the championship tees but it is quite undulating, with Bermuda fairways, Penn Cross Bent greens, strategically placed bunkers and lakes amidst the local flora, which includes an olive tree that is over 1200 years old!

Overall a challenging but very pleasant course.

Our field of 20 this week consisted of a mixture of Chez Carlos members and regular visitors.

With 7 lady players we offered prizes this week for the leading two players from both sexes!

Nearest the Pin at the 5th was Marie Stradling and at the 15th, Neil McNeill, both winning the usual bottle of wine.

Marie also won the Ladies competition. Playing off 16 handicap she pipped Mary Strutt (18) by just one point. Mary won 2nd place on the better back 9.

For the Men, it was a family affair! Brothers Gerry(12) and Tony McInerney(20) finishing 1st and 2nd.

Gerry scored a remarkable 41 points with Tony 5 back on 36, again due to a better back 9.

Whilst it was a windy day, that helped restrict the threatening clouds to just one outburst for little more than a few minutes and it was a particularly enjoyable round.

We returned to Chez Carlos for tasters of chicken curry and French fries washed down by everyone’s favourite tipple. Thanks to Felipe and his team.

Thank you Tee Times T.O. for another great day

Ron McLachlan 9/01/2014

Tournament Review – Quinta do Lago South – 24th Agt. 2013

QLSouthA truly international field attended the lovely Quinta do Lago South Course on a fine day which had a light breeze to enable a pleasant round in cooler conditions than had been experienced during the week.  Host of the Portuguese Open eight times and included in the Golf World’s Magazine’s ‘Top 100 courses in Europe in 2012’ the South is beautiful as it meanders through the Quinta estate. Some of Europe’s finest properties are also to be found here touching the lush fairways but without intruding on play. It is an example of how construction can be in harmony with a golf course.

The course was immaculately presented with fast, true greens and rolling fairways. The stage was set!

28 players from as far afield as Holland, France and Italy as well as our expatriate friends from over the border in Spain joined our local Portuguese, English, Irish and Scottish members and guests and an enjoyable day was spoiled for some only by the quality of their golf!

Scoring proved tough as the pins were placed in tricky positions on many holes, but a fine round of 35 points by Mick Brown won the day.  2nd was new member Richard Moore who had made his debut the previous week at San Lourenco and was loud in his praise of the society as he had made many new friends during his holiday.  We look forward to seeing him again.

3rd Place went to Malcolm Maxwell who equalled Richard’s score of 34 points but lost out on the back 9.  4th was Chris Banner with 33 points winning by virtue of his score on the last 6 holes.  5th was Rodrigo Ulrich, Course Director at Boavista Golf Club in Lagos, also on 33 points.  The Society intends to visit Boavista at Rodrigo’s invitation in the near future.

Rodrigo also was nearest the pin at the 11th hole and kindly donated his bottle of wine for consumption!  Apologies to Bert Carroll who was nearest the pin at the 7th hole but who I think I overlooked and awarded his bottle of wine to Malcolm Maxwell instead.  I hope the matter has been rectified but if not please see me next time!

Our thanks are extended to the Hilton Group and Dom Pedro Hotels in their sponsorship of this event and to Tee Times Golf Agency in securing a great rate and tee time (something they are rather good at!). Playing partners Eamonn Kerr and Cathy Matthews were also very appreciative as some prizes came their way too.

The players and their guests were again treated to a lovely buffet meal with wine and Sangria back at the Chez Carlos Restaurant.  Thanks go to Felipe and his staff for their excellent food and service.

This was the 3rd event in our Quinta do Lago Series this year and has been proven to be as popular as last year. It is not too be missed.

Our next game is at the Old Course in Vilamoura and we look forward to another friendly occasion.

Ron McLachlan