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Tenerife – a different golf option. The Mar-Y-Sol Tournament For all.

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On November 30th 2010 we celebrated the 2nd International Mar y Sol Open 2010 at Amarilla Golf & Country Club (Tenerife). This very special event, organized by the Mar y Sol Hotel was hailed once again as a massive success.

50 competitors from across the globe fought to win the 2nd International Mar y Sol Open 2010. Initially the tournament was to be played two days, but the torrential rain on Monday, 29th forced the competition to be suspended. On Tuesday with the sun finally shining this integration tournament was played in superb conditions.

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Each of the players has an official HDC, but many of the participants cope with an additional type of handicap. Some players are visually impaired; others may be single or even double amputees, paraplegic or hemiplegic. All over the world there have been separate tournaments for golfers with different abilities. So, able-bodied golfers would play in their own competitions, golfers with impaired sight would play in a tournament together or those with missing limbs would play in another one.

This tournament brings all of the golfers together and the vagaries of the golf handicap system allow them all to compete equally in a competitive integration tournament.

I spoke with Renate Kraus, manageress of Mar y Sol Hotel and organizer of the tournament.

“We were not sure if all of the able-bodied and disabled players would want to give up the separate tournaments and play together and whether it would affect the funding PB300089but it has come together.”

“It takes many hands to put this event on and it simply would not happen without them. We have players from Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and as well from the Czech Republic. The able-bodied resident members of Amarilla Golf & Country Club are committed to mixing socially with and competing against disabled golfers on an equivalent competitive level.”

“All of the organizers give up a lot of time and money to make this event happen because we want to facilitate the integration of disabled players from the whole of Europe into a major event. We thank our sponsors: Titleist, TAG Heuer, Banco Santander, Sinpromi, Hotel Mar y Sol, Teralava – Centro de Terapias, Tui Vital, Condor, The Players Golf Shop, Canary Golf Federation, PBT (powergolfer.de), Cicar and Halcon Viajes.”

The President of the Canary Golf Union, Mª Luisa Forniés Fdez. del Castillo, said: “The quality of play was excellent yesterday. I watched one competitor hit his tee shot with a driver using only one extremely strong arm. A paraplegic player used the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair which allows him to stand up and chipped in from off the green straight into the hole.”PB300016

The Captain of Amarilla Golf & Country Club, Michael Baker, said: “One can not fail to be humbled by the way these extraordinary individuals overcome their disabilities to produce some exceptional golf.”

The inventor of the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair, Christian Nachtwey, explained that each golfer has to individually adapt either through special equipment or by developing their own golf swing to find a way to get the ball around the course.

Golf is a unique sports option and Mar y Sol Hotel offers in Tenerife “get into golf” courses for the disabled from January to March 2011. An experienced coach will show the wonderful world of pitching and putting to all newcomers.

The Award Ceremony took place in the afternoon at Amarilla Golf & Country Club. The winners were awarded their prizes by Renate Kraus (Manager of Mar y Sol Hotel), Michael Baker (Captain of Amarilla Golf Club) and Mª Luisa Forniés Fdez. del Castillo (President of the Canary Golf Union).PB280256

The gross winner of 2010 International Mar y Sol Open was Luis Vicente Mateu Sisternas from Spain, with a score of 22 points. The net winner was David Hill from Great Britain, with a 37-point score.

The category one winner with a 25-point score was Joan Pere Morera Castell from Spain.

The category two winner with a 32-point score was Michael Baker from Great Britain.

The category three winner with a 34-point score was Miroslav Lidinsky from the Czech Republic.

The “nearest to the pin” prize was won by Linda Williams from Great Britain.

The “longest drive – ladies” prize was won by Marjo Boissovain from Switzerland.

The “longest drive – gentlemen” prize was won by Gerhard Fuchs from Germany.

All the players were pleased about the organization of the competition and fascinated by the golf course, announcing their participation in next year’s tournament according to the motto: “Tenerife – a different golf option”

Photos of this event are available here …some very remarkable people. I had a great time in their company and hope to play as well as Photograph the event next year

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Club Amigolf Tournament Costa Adeje Golf 12th Oct 2010

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I went with Amigolf to play golf against the Portuguese May 2010

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Here is the video of what we got up too …The Portuguese won this time but we plan to make this an annual event..Great fun was had by all.

Abama Golf Course is Next on the Tenerife and La Gomera Circuit

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Saturday 21st August 2010 sees the Golf Tenerife and La Gomera Circuit heading to the West Coast of Tenerife and on to the Abama Golf Complex. (Have a look at this website its  impressive.) The Abama Golf course is a word class facility and gives players from the circuit the chance to play the course at a greatly reduced price.

Thanks to all the sponsors for making it such a great Golf circuit

I love the Abama Golf course with great views, where ever you look, over the ocean towards a Gomera or back towards Mount Teide . It also has one of he best driving ranges and teaching areas on the island where a friend of mine PGA member Mark Pursey is the head Pro.You will need a buggy to play this course, because of the steepness of the terrain, which is included in the price.

Picture 013_editedThis game counts towards the order of merit, I have just scraped into the top 20, so after this one I hope I can make it into the top 10, but whither I do so or not I have enjoyed the circuit immensely this year and met some new and some old friends along the way.

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The circuit over the years has went from strength to strength due to the work put in by the Golf Association, the courses themselves and the sponsorship of the many Island based companies who all help make the day run smoothly and that all the participants have a fun day out.

The circuit this year is also open to both residents and holidaymakers alike and for just 100 Euro you get a round on the Abama championship course with buggy, presentation of prizes, refreshments and a great opportunity to mix with the locals and tourists who both have one aim in common ..to enjoy good competitive golf on a championship course in the Sun..

If your out on holiday and want to play in the event contact the Golf Clubdirectly for all the details just mention the Circuit ..Happy Golfing

August 21, Abama Golf

€ 100 per person

GRAN FINAL September 11 – Golf del Sur

€ 50 per person

Heading Overseas to play Golf but this time not too far

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So here  I am off again overseas to play golf, one of the drawbacks of living on an island, but this time I am really looking forward to it as I will be travelling by Fred Olsen Express ferry rather than by plane as I am going to  La Gomera , a small island off the West Coast of Tenerife, about 40 min by Olsen fast ferry.

Fred Olsen runs  the ferry service to the island from Los Cristianos in Tenerife , you may have seen their big yellow ferry’s in the harbour at Los Cristianos to San Sebastian in La Gomera,, The golf course we are going to play and hotel of Jardin Tecina is also owned and operated by Fred Olsen SL. as you  would expect from one of the Islands foremost companies both are amongst the best in the Canaries.

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Don’t take my word for it have a look at the Jardin Tecina Web site and you will see the views and condition of the Golf Course are second to none with the hotel built in a village style  which complements the islands beauty but has all the requirements of the most concerning clients.

This U tube Video gives you the experience that’s only 40 min away but out of this world if you love Golf.

This is the fifth  match in the 1vTenerife and La Gomera Golf circuit is being played at the Tecina Golf Course on Saturday 7th August 2010. The circuit over the years has went from strength to strength due to the work put in by the Golf Association, the courses themselves and the sponsorship of the many Island based companies who all help make the day run smoothly and that all the participants have a fun day out.

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The circuit this year is also open to both residents and holiday makers alike and for just 50 Euro you get a round at the championship course , the presentation of prizes, refreshments and a great opportunity to mix with the  locals and tourists who both have one aim in common ..to enjoy good competitive golf on a championship course in the Sun..

Hotel Jardin Tecina and Tecina Golf are offering a special rate to circuit players and partners  of just 49 Euros per person per night on a half board basis, single person supplement of 15 Euros is applicable and bookings are subject to availability.

Hotel Jardin Tecina can be contacted on 0034 902222140 or by email tecina@fredolsen.es full details are on the website www.jardin-tecina.com. If you want to book a round at Tecina Golf call 0034 902222130, email tecinagolf@fredolsen.es

Happy Golfing

August 7 – Tecina Golf

€ 50 per person

August 21, Abama Golf

€ 100 per person

GRAN FINAL September 11 – Golf del Sur

€ 50 per person

Zulu and Golf in Tenerife what can they possibly have in common ?

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The first thing that intrigued me was the name, I mean who would call a charity that’s holding a Golf day at Costa Adeje Golf Course in Tenerife, “Ingane Yami” so I set of to Callao Salvaje on Tenerife’s West Coast to find out from the man behind the golf day South African James Beckley.

On meeting James, and his assistant Gina, the first question I had was “why the name Ingane Yami ?” “ You don’t speak Zulu then ?” James laughed and went on to explain that Ingane Yami means “My Children” In Zulu. I then got the picture, What a great name !

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The reason why its such a great name is that in two words, although to many alien, it sums up the whole concept of the charity, “ My Children.” Yes we are all God’s children some born more fortunate than others in this world.

The idea behind the charity,with all the money raised, is to build a children’s village children’s. The village of  Ingane Yami will consist of 25 individual houses, each of which will be home to 6 children of varying ages and a “house mother”, thus recreating a stable family unit and enabling these vulnerable children to be brought up in a loving, Christian environment which in turn will grow leaders to take care of the future. This is not a new concept but a proven formula which has been shown to work very successfully  at Watoto Village in Uganda.

From my point of view I think it’s a great idea a game of golf at one of the premier courses on Tenerife and being able to help such a great charity at the same time.

So please ring Gina and get involved and I hope to see you at Costa Adeje Golf Course on Saturday June 5th 2010..

All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to the Ingane Yami Children’s Village Charity. Why not become a fan of theirs on Facebook, or  follow them on Twitter and take a look at their Photos on Flickr.

The event starts at 9.00am and it promises to be a great day.

The format will be:
Pairs
2-ball better ball
Shotgun Start

Entry fee is €50 per person and this includes Buggy & Buffet
Places for this event are limited so to make sure you are registered please book early.

To reserve your entry please contact either of the following:
Email: gina@pearlygrey.com or telephone Gina on 657 628 544
Call into the Costa Adeje Golf Course or telephone them on 922 710 000

AYMERICH GOLF CLUB TOURNAMENT AT GOLF DEL SUR 17th April 2010

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Another round of the Aymerish Golf Club Circuit is being played at Golf Del Sur Golf Course in Tenerife on Saturday 17th April…..All Welcome. Golfing In Tenerife will be represented By Sir Old Golfer

An individual stableford competition with three categories.

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CATEGORIES:
1st GENTS  ( 0 – 18,4)
2nd GENTS  (18,5 – 26,4)
LADIES        ( 0 – 36,4)

TROPHIES:
First and Second each category
and Scratch prize.

Entry Prices

Platinum Members………………………….15€
Vocational and Corporate………………30€
Guests……………………………………………..40€