A new record in Al­garve

Dom Pe­dro Golf Clas­sic

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The twen­ti­eth edi­tion of the Dom Pe­dro In­ter­na­tional Golf Clas­sic es­tab­lished a new record for par­tic­i­pa­tion, with 115 play­ers from 15 na­tion­al­i­ties, with the Span­ish del­e­ga­tion be­ing the largest, fol­lowed by the Ter­ceira Is­land GC (Azores), who were present at all edi­tions of the event. The tour­na­ment, the first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional event in the Al­garve at the be­gin­ning of each year, took place at Dom Pe­dro La­guna (Mon­day), Pin­hal (Tues­day), Vic­to­ria (Wed­nes­day), Old Course (Thurs­day) and Mil­len­nium (Fri­day). English­man John Free­man made a hole-in-one on hole 15 of the Old Course, keep­ing the tra­di­tion of prac­ti­cally every year reg­is­ter­ing the one-stroke “par 3” feat. After a prac­tice round the main com­pe­ti­tion took place over three rounds in sta­ble­ford for­mat, with the par­tic­i­pants di­vided into three cat­e­gories. In the first cat­e­gory the English­man Stu­art Coupe won with 95 points. A score, which also made him the over­all tour­na­ment cham­pion. Two other Brits, Mark Robin­son with 94 and John Free­man with 93, com­pleted the podium. In fourth place was Manuel Cân­dido de Oliveira, cham­pion in 2017, with 92 points. In the sec­ond cat­e­gory the Spa­niards (from Madrid and the north­ern prov­inces) dom­i­nated. Al­varez Gar­cia won with 94 points, fol­lowed by Perez Al­manza and Joan Isamat, both with 89. The best Por­tuguese was João Gonçalves, from Ter­ceira, in 9th with 82 points. In the women’s cat­e­gory, with 29 com­peti­tors, the Span­ish dom­i­nated. Paquita Ibanez won with 93 points, fol­lowed by Mer­cedes Ar­royo with 92 and Ir­ish Mar­jorie McCor­duck with 91 points. On the last day a four­ball tour­na­ment was held on the Mil­len­nium course.

Avigésima edição do Dom Pe­dro In­ter­na­tional Golf Clas­sic es­ta­b­ele­ceu um novo recorde de par­tic­i­pantes, com 115 jo­gadores de 15 na­cional­i­dades, sendo a del­e­gação es­pan­hola a maior, seguida do CG da Ilha Ter­ceira (Açores) que es­teve pre­sente em to­das as edições da prova. O torneio, a primeira grande prova in­ter­na­cional no Al­garve no in­í­cio de cada ano, decor­reu com bom tempo nos cam­pos Dom Pe­dro La­guna (se­gundafeira), Pin­hal (terça), Vic­to­ria (quarta), Old Course (quinta) e Mil­len­nium (sexta-feira). O in­glês John Free­man fez um hole-in-one no bu­raco 15 do Old Course, man­tendo-se a tradição de prati­ca­mente to­dos os anos se reg­is­tar uma proeza de uma só pan­cada num “par 3”. Após a volta de treino dis­putaram-se três voltas em sta­ble­ford, com os par­tic­i­pantes di­vi­di­dos em três cat­e­go­rias. Na primeira venceu o in­glês Stu­art Coupe com 95 pon­tos, vence­dor do torneio, seguido de out­ros dois britâni­cos, Mark Robin­son com 94 e John Free­man com 93. Em 4º lu­gar fi­cou Manuel Cân­dido de Oliveira, campeão em 2017, com 92 pon­tos. Na se­gunda cat­e­go­ria dom­i­naram os es­pan­hóis (ori­un­dos de Madrid e das provín­cias do norte). Gan­hou Al­varez Gar­cia com 94 pon­tos, seguido de Perez Al­manza e Joan Isamat, am­bos com 89. O mel­hor por­tuguês foi João Gonçalves, da Ter­ceira, em 9º com 82 pon­tos. Na prova fem­i­nina, com 29 con­cor­rentes, as es­pan­ho­las dom­i­naram. Gan­hou Paquita Ibanez com 93 pon­tos, seguida de Mer­cedes Ar­royo com 92 e da ir­lan­desa Mar­jorie McCor­duck com 91. No úl­timo dia dis­putou-se um torneio a pares (four­ball) no Mil­len­nium.

The win­ners was Eng­land’s Mark Robin­son/Stu­art Coupe with 41 points, fol­lowed by Spa­niards Martin Hermo/Vi­cente Largo with 40 and Por­tuguese-British Fran­cisco Botelho/John Free­man with 36. In this last round the spe­cial prizes went to João Fre­itas, Mark Robin­son, Fairuz Mitchel, Danny du Plessis and Zhex­eong Yin. This week of golf pro­vided a great meet­ing be­tween play­ers of var­i­ous na­tion­al­i­ties, both on the course and at the din­ners held at the Dom Pe­dro Fo­rum, where the award cer­e­mony also took place. Venceu a du­pla in­glesa Mark Robin­son/Stu­art Coupe com 41 pon­tos, segui­dos dos es­pan­hóis Martin Hermo/Vi­cente Largo com 40 e da du­pla luso-britânica Fran­cisco Botelho/John Free­man com 36. Nesta última volta os prémios es­pe­ci­ais foram para João Fre­itas, Mark Robin­son, Fairuz Mitchel, Danny du Plessis e Zhex­eong Yin. Esta se­m­ana de golfe pro­por­cionou um grande con­vívio en­tre jo­gadores de várias na­cional­i­dades, tanto no campo como nos jantares re­al­iza­dos no Fo­rum Dom Pe­dro, onde decor­reu a cer­imó­nia de en­trega dos prémios.

The win­ner Stu­art Coupe

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