A New Sea­son Be­gan

Portugal Pro Golf Tour


English­man Cal­lum Tar­ren, Welsh am­a­teur Gae­len Trew and Aus­trian am­a­teur Max­i­m­il­ian Lech­ner were the win­ners of the first three tour­na­ments of the Pro Golf Tour sea­son, the very suc­cess­ful and ever-grow­ing win­ter pro­fes­sional prepa­ra­tion cir­cuit in the Al­garve.

In this open­ing swing of the Al­garve tour the high­light was the ex­cel­lent par­tic­i­pa­tion of the young Por­tuguese pro­fes­sion­als and the en­try of the Dom Pe­dro Golf & Col­lec­tion cour­ses in the cir­cuit.

This ad­he­sion is due to a part­ner­ship be­tween the Dom Pe­dro group and the Pro Golf Tour and is part of the ob­jec­tives of the win­ter cir­cuit lead­ers, who want to take their tour­na­ments to the best cour­ses in the Al­garve. This year’s cir­cuit will have 22 tour­na­ments in the Al­garve and the Grand Fi­nal in Tróia. It will dis­trib­ute 250,000 eu­ros in prize money.

Open­ing the cir­cuit, the pres­ence of an ac­cred­ited fig­ure of world golf: the Scot­tish Paul Lawrie. He ac­com­pa­nied his son Craig, who in the three tour­na­ments al­ways fin­ished in the top ten, and is also pre­par­ing for the Se­nior Cir­cuit.

Paul Lawrie, who turns 51 on Jan­uary 1st, was a mem­ber of the world golf elite and was part of sev­eral Euro­pean teams in the Ry­der Cup, was Euro­pean vice-cap­tain in 2016 and has won many tour­na­ments, notably the Bri­tish Open. He cre­ated the Paul Lawrie Foun­da­tion to help young peo­ple un­der 18 learn golf and has thou­sands of stu­dents.

The Cir­cuit opened with a Pro-Am at the 16-team Old Course, where young Por­tuguese pro Alexan­dre Abreu won with am­a­teurs Em­i­lie Rola, Car­los Rola and Stefan Astrom with 82 points. Special awards went to Makar­ius Kitima, Wendy Burn and Terry de Gruchy.

The pro­fes­sional tour­na­ment, Dom Pe­dro Old Course Clas­sic, dis­trib­uted 10,000 eu­ros in prizes and had 64 play­ers, 14 Por­tuguese. English Cal­lum Tar­ren won with 137 (69-68), fol­lowed by Por­tuguese Tomás Bessa with 138 (70-68) and Swede Kevin Bengts­son and Scot­tish Craig Lawrie, both 139. Francisco Oliveira was the sec­ond best Por­tuguese with 144.

Dom Pe­dro Vic­to­ria Clas­sic had 69 play­ers (13 Por­tuguese) in the event. Welsh am­a­teur Gae­len Trew at 138 (69-69) won, but the first place prize money went to Paul Lawrie at 138 (69-69), fol­lowed by To­mas Bessa 139 (72-67), Mark Young 140 and Craig Lawrie 141. The sec­ond best Por­tuguese was João Car­lota (8th) with 142 fol­lowed by Ti­ago Cruz (9th) with 143.

At the end of the first phase of the cir­cuit was played the Dom Pe­dro Pin­hal Open with 62 play­ers, 16 Por­tuguese. Note­wor­thy in this tour­na­ment was the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the young Por­tuguese pro­fes­sion­als, with six fin­ish­ing in the top ten and a strong push to win. Twenty-one-year-old Aus­trian am­a­teur Max­i­m­il­ian Lech­ner won at 211 (67-72-72), 5 un­der par. In sec­ond place the Por­tuguese João Car­lota (72-71-69) and Francisco Oliveira (71-70-71) were tied, both with 4 un­der par and who di­vided the prize money. In third place was am­a­teur Pe­dro Len­cart with 213, fol­lowed by Tomás Bessa and Craig Lawrie also with 213. Tomás Melo Gou­veia was in 8th (214), Hugo San­tos in 10th (216) and Alexan­dre Abreu 11th (216).

This is fol­lowed by the sec­ond swing of the cir­cuit, start­ing at Pin­heiros Al­tos, an­other first rate course.

Pro Aus­trian

Gae­len Trew

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