Danish Christoffer Bring, only 16 years, signed a hole-in-one to set a new record of the Montado Golf Resort (Lisbon) with 65 strokes, 7 below Par.
Gonçalo Costa and João Girão were the best of the twelve Portuguese who (on Wednesday the 11th) started the 85th edition of Portugal Amateur International Championship on a day that the 16 year old Danish, Christoffer Bring, set a new course record at the Mounted Hotel & Golf Resort in Palmela, Lisbon, in 65 strokes, 7 below Par, for which contributed a hole-in-one on the 18th hole.
João Girão and Gonçalo Costa are the only Portuguese within the top-40 interim, after 54 holes, appearing exactly on the 40th of the ranked group, with 73 strokes, one above the pair, but most other national golfers still have a good chance, although it needs to improve in the next days.
“What is important to note is that, except for João Girão, none of our players started very well, but they could all stay calm and play well in the last holes, to do a minimally acceptable outcome, keeping everything open to the aspirations with this tournament, ” the national selector, Nuno Campino, commented.
A total of 30 players managed to beat the par-72 from the field, proving, once again, the high quality of 120 entries in the main tournament of Portuguese golf for amateurs of high competition.
“It was the best round of my career. I had done turns as well or better in training, but never in tournaments, “elucidated the Dane, who obviously loved the Montado Golf Course: “It is a good course, was a good time, the design is beautiful and I like the tournament, strong, with good players. ”
Montado Golf Course, located in Palmela in the the Lisbon region, is surrounded by famous muscatel vineyards that were planted there more than a century ago. The course unfolds beneath old oaks and younger olive trees, chestnut and pines, planted when the course was first built, whilst around it wind creeks and natural lakes.
Some holes are unforgettable. Hole number 5, a Par 4 with a dogleg to the left, demands a good drive in which the second shot is played onto a wide green protected by water. Another hole of great scenic beauty is number 13, a Par 4 that provides a great view over Palmela Castle and an excellent opportunity for a birdie. On this course the golfer is almost always offered two choices for playing the holes. The riskier option implies heavy penalties if the shot is not accurately hit.
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