COPA S.M. EL REY

GOLFE - - PORTUGAL & ISLANDS -

English­man Robin Wil­liams was the “ex­e­cu­tioner” of the por­tuguese play­ers in the In­ter­na­tional Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship of Spain (Copa S.M. El Rey) at the Real Golf La Manga Club in Carta­gena, Mur­cia. Hav­ing elim­i­nated Pe­dro Len­cart in the Round of 32, he beat Ví­tor Lopes in the quar­ter-fi­nals, win­ning the match 5/4.English golfers were in ev­i­dence at the tour­na­ment, plac­ing three play­ers among the four who par­tic­i­pated in the semi-fi­nals. Robin Wil­liams would later lose to Alex Fitz­patrick on hole 18, down 1. The win­ner of the Copa S.M. El Rey, was Billy Macken­zie, who af­ter hav­ing elim­i­nated Span­ish Eu­ge­nio Coto (5/4) in the ‘semi’s’, de­feated (3up) Fitz­patrick in the fi­nal. De­spite be­ing elim­i­nated in the quar­ter-fi­nals, Vi­tor Lopes was sat­is­fied. “I played good golf, but he played bet­ter. I had good mo­ments, namely five birdies in a six-hole stretch, be­tween the 4th and the 9th. On my side I did not have that lit­tle putt star, and the pars were not enough,” he ex­plained, af­ter his par­tic­i­pa­tion in an event that started with 120 play­ers. In ad­di­tion to Pe­dro Len­cart and Ví­tor Lopes, who made the cut to the match-play phase, the na­tional team also had Afonso Girão, who was elim­i­nated af­ter rounds of 85 and 80. In the stroke play phase, on a par 73 course, Pe­dro Len­cart was bril­liant. Two rounds of 74 for a to­tal of 148 (+2) had him tied for third place with Spain’s Ale­jan­dro Aguillera, English­man Tom Slo­man and French­man Cle­ment Char­mas­son.

Oinglês Robin Wil­liams foi o “car­rasco” dos por­tugue­ses no Cam­pe­onato In­ter­na­cional Amador de Es­panha/Copa S.M. El Rey, no Real Golf La Manga Club, em Carta­gena, Mur­cia. De­pois de ter elim­i­nado Pe­dro Len­cart nos 16 avos-de-fi­nal, deixou pelo cam­inho Ví­tor Lopes nos quar­tos-de-fi­nal, gan­hando a par­tida por 5/4. Os golfis­tas in­gle­ses es­tiveram em ev­idên­cia no torneio, colo­cando três jo­gadores en­tre os qua­tro que par­tic­i­param nas meias-fi­nais. Robin Wil­liams viria a perder de­pois com Alex Fitz­patrick no bu­raco 18, por 1 down. O vence­dor da Copa S.M. El Rey, foi Billy Macken­zie, que de­pois de ter elim­i­nado (5/4) o es­pan­hol Eu­ge­nio Coto nas ‘meias’, der­ro­tou (3up) Fitz­patrick na fi­nal. Ape­sar de ter fi­cado pe­los quar­tos-de-fi­nal, Ví­tor Lopes es­tava sat­is­feito. “Joguei bem golfe, mas ele jo­gou mel­hor e teve bons mo­men­tos, nomeada­mente cinco birdies numa série de seis bu­ra­cos, en­tre o 4 e o 9. Do meu lado não tive aquela es­tre­linha de me­ter putts, e os pares não foram su­fi­cientes”, ex­pli­cou após a sua par­tic­i­pação numa prova que con­tou 120 jo­gadores ini­ci­ais. Além de Pe­dro Len­cart e Ví­tor Lopes, que pas­saram o cut e seguiram por isso para a fase de match-play, a se­leção na­cional con­tou ainda com Afonso Girão, que foi elim­i­nado após voltas de 85 e 80. Na fase de stroke play, e num campo de Par 73, Pe­dro Len­cart es­teve bril­hante. Dois re­sul­ta­dos de 74 para um to­tal de 148 (+2), de­ram-lhe o ter­ceiro lu­gar em­patado com o es­pan­hol Ale­jan­dro Aguillera, o in­glês Tom Slo­man e o francês Cle­ment Char­mas­son.

Ví­tor Lopes, a re­cent win­ner of the In­ter­na­tional of Por­tu­gal, made a birdie in the 36th and last hole to make the cut on the line, with 154 (78-76), tied in 30th place with the English­men Todd Cle­ments and Billy Macken­zie. In the S.M. La Reina Cup, the fe­male ver­sion of the In­ter­na­tional of Spain, rain and wind led to the stage of stroke play be­ing only one round in­stead of the two pre­dicted. The cut, for the 32 best, was fixed at 79 and the two Por­tuguese present, Leonor Bessa and Sara Gou­veia, both with 84, were thus elim­i­nated. Já Ví­tor Lopes, re­cente vence­dor do In­ter­na­cional de Por­tu­gal, fez um birdie no 36.º e úl­timo bu­raco para pas­sar o cut no lim­ite, com 154 (78-76), em­patado no 30.º lu­gar com os in­gle­ses Todd Cle­ments e Billy Macken­zie. Na Copa S. M. La Reina, a ver­são fem­i­nina do In­ter­na­cional de Es­panha, chuva e vento levaram a que a fase de stroke play só tivesse uma volta em vez das duas pre­vis­tas. O cut, para as 32 mel­hores, fixou-se em 79 e as duas por­tugue­sas pre­sentes, Leonor Bessa e Sara Gou­veia, am­bas com 84, foram as­sim elim­i­nadas.

Ví­tor Lopes

Pe­dro Len­cart

Billy Mcken­zie

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