The “Algarve Masters Pro-Am 2015,” a golf tournament in a Stableford Net format, kicks off on 13 September at the Onyria Palmares golf course in Lagos. This tournament sponsored by the Algarve Tourist Board (RTA) and organized the PGA of Portugal, will bring together 80 players, among them the journalist Júlio Magalhães, the presenter Jorge Gabriel and former goal-keeper of Sporting Clube and National football team: Ricardo Pereira.
The team with the highest ranking in this competition will be able to play in the “Pro-Am” of the Portugal Masters, one of the most important events on the European Tour, which will take place on 8th October at the Oceânico Victoria Course in Vilamoura.
The tournament will start on “shot-gun” at 09:00 and will be organized with rating teams of four each, formed by a PGA professional and three amateurs guests. They are registered 20 teams from across the country and also two Spanish teams. Already confirmed for the tournament are James Cross, national defending champion, Ricardo Melo Gouveia, current No. 1 of the European Challenge Tour circuit, and well-known public figures of the Portuguese.
The three teams that go up to the podium receive trophies Vista Alegre/Atlantis, while participants who win the ball closer to the General Amateur flag, the “drive” longer (category men) and “drive” longer (women category) will be awarded dishes of famous pottery of Porches. “The mild climate that allows prolong the golf season for several months, along with the stunning scenery in which the fields are inserted, have brought to the Algarve increasingly practitioners of the sport year after year. In addition, the quality of the golf courses in the region is recognized worldwide. Fruit of this recognition were the awards – seven national and five environmental certifications – the Algarve received in 2014, making it the main Portugal golf destination, “notes Desiderio Silva, president of the Algarve Tourism Board.
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