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The Tenerife Golf Clubs Interclub tournaments

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Its that time of year again when the golf courses are a bit quieter and the prices have been reduced for the Summer season that the actual golf club members get together and hold their annual inter-club tournaments where members from each club play against one another at different golf clubs throughout South Tenerife in the Summer season.

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Each team, from each club, consists of 16 chosen members of varying handicaps who play in pairs on a stableford better ball format giving a total of 64 players per tournament. There are four local golf clubs involved Costa Adeje, Golf Del Sur, Amarilla and Amigolf.  The first match in the series is being held at Golf Del Sur Golf Course on Tuesday 20th April here on the beautiful island of Tenerife.

The competitors will all enjoy 18 holes of golf with buggy followed by a meal in the clubhouse.Its a great way to meet and compete with fellow residents and golfers from other clubs here in the South of Tenerife. I have made a lot of friendships over the years and would not miss the inter-club competitions.

This year will be the first time Amigolf has entered a team and Sir Old Golfer has the privilege of playing for them ….

The second Ladies Carnival Golf Day at Golf Del Sur

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Golf Del Sur and Buenavista golf courses are holding a series of  seven sponsored golf days especially for Lady golfers throughout the season, with the second being held yesterday 13/02/2010 at Golf Del Sur Golf Course.

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It was a very special “Carnival” golf day with prizes for the competitors with the best costumes and some went out of their way to win, with some fabulous costumes, this really made this Ladies golf day a lot of fun.The two ladies pictured above won first and second prize in the costume section.

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There was around 60 competitors who all enjoyed 18 holes of stableford golf,with a special green fee rate for the day, followed by a lovely dinner and prize giving . There was also a super sponsored raffle with some great prizes donated and most competitors seemed not to go home empty handed.

The winner of the category 1 Ladies was none other than Maria Luisa Fornies Fernandez del Castillo, who happens to be the President of the Canaries golf Federation, with an excellent score of 38 points from a 16 handicap. Winner of the category 2 Ladies was Jane Sykes with an incredible 41 points off of a 24 handicap… Well done to both Ladies.

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The next golf day in the series will be held on March 13th at Golf Del Sur and all lady golfers are welcome just contact the Golf Del Sur reception on 0034 922 738170.

I have put  all the pictures of the day from their tee off to the prize giving on this web sitehttp://picasaweb.google.com/SirOldGolfer/CarnavalGolf?feat=directlink

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson In Tenerife !

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In 1995, Golf del Sur golf course in Tenerife hosted the Shell Wonderful World of Golf tournament and its head to head battle between Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson its again being shown on Sky sports this MONDAY 08/02/2010 AT 9.00PM.

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Why not tune in and see the course I play most of my golf and the wonderful conditions we have here in Tenerife for the golfer.

The Game we play It’s Called Golf

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  • In primitive society, when native tribes beat the ground with clubs and yelled, it was called witchcraft; today, in civilized society, it is called golf.
  • The man who takes up golf to get his mind off his work soon takes up work to get his mind off golf.
  • Golf was once a rich man’s sport, but now it has millions of poor players!
  • Golf is an expensive way of playing marbles.
  • The secret of good golf is to hit the ball hard, straight and not too often.
  • There are three ways to improve your golf game: take lessons, practice constantly … or start cheating.
  • An amateur golfer is one who addresses the ball twice … once before swinging, and once again, after swinging.
  • Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because it cannot count, criticize or laugh.
  • Golf is a game in which the slowest people in the world are those in front of you, and the fastest are those behind.
  • Golf: A five mile walk punctuated with frequent disappointments.
  • There’s no game like golf: you go out with three friends, play eighteen holes, and return with three enemies.
  • Golf got its name because all of the other four letter words were taken.

I haven’t written much in the last few months

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I haven’t written much in the last few months, a break was needed, but in the New Year I fully intend to start my Golfing In Tenerife… Golfing again.

I still get a few 100 readers a day so to them and you if your a new reader

A Very Merry Christmas and a Great New Year to you and yours”

from the Sir Old Golfer and of course long suffering Wifie.

July 2010 Ladies Tenerife Open to be held at Buenavista Golf Course.

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Its has just been confirmed that this years Ladies Tenerife Ladies Open, part of the Ladies European Tour, will be held at Buenavista Golf Course in the North of Tenerife on July 1st-4th. Buenavista Golf course is a beautiful setting for such a prestigious event, once again sponsored by the Canarian government and tourism dept in conjunction with the Tenerife golf association.

We can expect a full field of top class international Lady golfers including the 2009 winner Falicity Johnestone. More on this as the year unfolds, but I for one expect to be there, maybe as last year, doing a bit on local radio.

Why not bring your clubs over and play the courses around the island and catch a few days of the open this summer holiday ?

Here is the beautiful Buenavista Golf Course Web site...

Whats on at Golf Del Sur Golf Course in October 2009.

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03/10/2009
VII TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB
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INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD. Dos categorías Caballeros y una categoría Damas. Salidas cada 8 minutos. Premios a los dos primeros clasificados de cada categoría.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de premios.
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10/10/2009
TORNEO COSTA SAN MIGUEL-AETSAMI.

PAREJAS MEJOR BOLA. ¾ de hdcps.
Salidas cada 8 minutos.
Premios a las 3 primeras parejas clasificadas y a la mejor pareja SCRACH.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de resultados.
15,16 Y 17/10/09
“MEMORIAL JIMMY GOLDING” PROFESIONALES DE CANARIAS 2009

18/10/2009
PRO-AM PROFESIONALES DE CANARIAS
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EQUIPOS (3AM+1PRO) TEXAS SCRABLE.
Salida a Tiro sobre las 09 de la mañana.
Trofeos a los 3 Primeros equipos clasificados.
Carpa durante el recorrido y Barbacoa al finalizar el PRO-AM.
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24/10/2009
TORNEO MEMORIAL JOSE LA-ROCHE.
PAREJAS MEJOR BOLA ¾ hdcps. DOS CATEGORIAS.(suma de 24 hasta 24 y mayor que 24).
Salidas cada 8 minutos.
Trofeos a las dos primeras parejas clasificadas de cada categoría.
Picnic en el recorrido y Coktail a la entrega de premios.

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31/10/2009
VIII TORNEO CIRCUITO AYMERICH GOLF CLUB.

INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD. Dos categorías Caballeros y una categoría Damas. Salidas cada 8 minutos. Premios a los dos primeros clasificados de cada categoría.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de premios.

Felicity Johnstone of England Wins Tenerife Open

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Its all over..Tenerife Ladies Open.

Felicity Johnstone, the 22 year old from Birmingham, wins her maiden L.E.T tour victory by two shots from overnight leader Becky Brewerton, so close Becks yet so far, hope you will be back next year I for one enjoyed your golf. Four great days entertainment played in good spirit at Adeje golf course. Wonderful for Tenerife. The L.E.T were great ambassadors for the game and many a man could learn from their swings.

Here is Felicity Johnstones web site.

How they finished up….

274 – Felicity Johnson (ENG) 69 72 66 67

276 – Becky Brewerton (WAL) 66 69 69 72

281 – Bettina Hauert (GER) 69 73 67 72

282 – Melissa Reid (ENG) 69 75 71 67, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 71 70 68 73

284 – Laura Davies (ENG) 72 77 66 69, Anja Monke (GER) 65 74 74 71

285 – KM Juul (DEN) 69 74 70 72

286 – Joanne Mills (AUS) 72 73 73 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 72 71 69 74

287 – Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) 71 73 70 73

288 – Caroline Rominger (SWI) 75 68 75 70, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 71 72 74 71, Karen Lunn (AUS) 72 74 70 72, Beatriz Recari (ESP) 68 70 73 77

289 – Paula Marti (ESP) 72 71 70 76, Stefania Croce (ITA) 68 76 67 78

290 – Christel Boeljon (NL) 74 71 71 74, Nina Reis (SWE) 72 69 72 77

TENERIFE LADIES OPEN: Adeje Golf Course

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

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Ladies’ European Tour Scoreboard

TENERIFE LADIES OPEN
Costa Adeje, Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
THIRD-ROUND TOTALS
Par 216 (3×72)
204 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 66 69 69

207 Felicity Johnson (Eng) 69 72 66
209 Bettina Hauert (Ger) 69 73 67, Tania Elosegui (Spa) 71 70 68
211 Stefania Croce (Ita) 68 76 67, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 68 70 73
212 Elizabeth Bennett (Eng) 70 74 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 72 71 69
213 K-m Juul (Den) 69 74 70, Paula Marti (Spa) 72 71 70, Nina Reis (Swe) 72 69 72, Anja Monke (Ger) 65 74 74
214 Julie Greciet (Fra) 70 74 70, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra) 71 73 70
215 Melissa Reid (Eng) 69 75 71, Laura Davies (Eng) 72 77 66

A great Day out at Abama Golf Course , Tenerife

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We set out from Golf Del Sur towards Abama Golf Course myself  Sir Old Golfer and Gary both single figure handicap golfers full of expectations as we had just been quoted 400 Euros for two players for a day ticket including a buggy at Abama Golf, Tenerife but both being Celts we decided to go anyway and beat them down on the price in a face to face situation as no Golf Course was worth that price, their will de a deal to be done.

We hit the TF1 and headed west to the end of the motorway then took the road towards los Gigantes passing Callao and then about 5km’s further along the road it hit us “The Pink Palace,” no not a place where gays hang out, but the beautiful Abama Hotel and Golf resort the sun was shining and it just shone against the ocean background. What a day we had picked it was 27 deg with no wind and low humidity. Game on, Gary boy !

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Turning the car up the slip road into the hotel grounds we came to a roundabout,turn left to the hotel and turn right up to the Golf course,academy and clubhouse.We drove into the clubhouse car park around 10.30am to be met by a charming girl with a name badge with Nicola on it. Good morning gents she said in perfect English will you be golfing with us today, “we may be” was our answer thinking we better get the price sorted out first.”I am Nicola and I am the caddy master,welcome to Abama Golf, are your clubs in the car ?” I will arrange for them to be transferred to your buggy, at this Gary was hooked and handed over his beloved car keys, he looks twice at me when I ask for them. Nicola then showed us down to the reception area where two girls in matching uniforms were dealing with a German couple one broke away and greeted us in English “can I help you, sir” We looked at each other and decided there was going to be no discount here, “two green fees please” Gary said and the bullet was bitten.Certainly Sir that will be 400 Euros and do you need any balls ect.

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After a slight moaning about parting with all that money, we headed back upstairs and on the hall met an old friend of mine Mark Pursey who nowadays happened to be the head teaching pro at the resort, so we three went for a coffee in the beautiful terrace bar overlooking the course. Mark then explained the set up about the academy and the course so we had a much better idea of how things worked.

Finishing our coffee we went with Mark outside, and as he had no lessons for an hour,he took us up to the academy and driving range where we could hit a few balls before teeing off. The academy is on the highest part of the estate and we needed a buggy to get up to it. It has a five hectare practice area that includes three par holes for beginners and a superb putting green, many wont bother driving up but its well worth the run and its free.From the top the views over the Hotel and the ocean are nothing more than spectacular. This amazing golf course reaches a low point of 78 metres above sea level and reaches a staggering high point of 315 metres.Half a basket later and warmed up we headed down to the first tee, Mark decided to come down with us and play 3 holes before his lesson, we agreed and set of in our new buggy.I must say a bit about the buggy which was pre loaded with our clubs, thanks Nicola, also on board they had water in an ice cooler,4 bananas Abama face cloths and pitch repair markersand tees, all which I still have as a souvenir of the day and also a divot repair earth vessel. At almost every Tee they had free water and Bananas just part of the service.

Tee No1.as we were all good golfers we decided to play from the back white markers, but they have 4 sets of tees for all abilities, and if your Golf is not to a good standard don’t come to the whites, you will enjoy the course much better off the yellows as it a championship course and is set up as one, some of the fairways looked narrow and a bit daunting from the back tee.The course is a highly competitive 6,232 metres long par 72, and is set in the most natural surroundings.There are 22 lakes along the course joined by impressive waterfalls and white sand bunkers you travel between hundreds of palm trees and cacti and more then 300 species of sub-tropical plants and lush vegetation. Visible from most holes are spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and the island of Gomera.The large greens provide an infinite choice of flag positions, which combined with the wide tee areas at each hole, makes it accessible to players with high handicaps, and a challenge for any professional player.

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After our round we went to the bar and had beer and then decided to do it all again,so we went back round another 18 giving us 36 holes for the day.By this time the 400 Euros was long forgotten, we played 2 rounds with a buggy and we thought it was great value for money and will be going back as a wee treat once a year if Wifie lets me.

The Abama  Website

The Golf Pro Prayer

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The golf pro Prayer

The Pro is my Shepherd,

I shall not Slice.

He maketh me to Drive Straight

Down Green Fairways;

He leadeth me Safely

across Still Water-Hazards;

He restoreth my Approach Shots.

He Leadeth me in the Paths of

Accuracy for my Game’s Sake.

Yea, though I chip through the Roughs

in the shadows of Sand Traps,

I will fear no Bogies.

For his Advice is with me;

His Putter and Irons,

they confort me.

He prepareth my Strategy for me

in the presence of mine Opponents;

He anointeth my head with Confidence:

The Cup will not be runneth over!

Surely Birdies and Eagles shall follow

me all the Rounds of my Life,

And I will score in the Low Eighties

Amen

Golf Club Male Members MUST watch This !

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This Video says it all about Golf Clubs and Members

Lucas from Las Americas Golf Course

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The wonderful Club House

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View from the 18th green

 

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Some More Views

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This is Lucas he wanders around the course, Nice touch

Amarilla Golf Course: Tenerife

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Come off the TF1 at junction 24 and follow the signs down to the Golf Course, on arrival you notice right away that there is a new infrastructure going on all over the Amarilla area with the building of new roads and houses .In fact the road down to the course is almost as good as the TF1 having been newly upgraded and the views on the way down are wonderful over the ocean.

The day I went in mid January the weather was not the normal Tenerife south weather, it was a cloudy overcast day but dry and about 17 deg so nothing to complain about if you come from Northern Europe but for us locals we tend to wear a jumper and long trousers.

I entered the reception area and was met by a charming young lady called Vicky dressed in her Amarilla uniform of moss green polo shirts and trousers, which all the girls wore on reception very smart indeed and all multilingual as you would expect from a Golf course of this standard.

This championship course hosted a European tour event in 1990 namely the Tenerife Open it plays some 5846 meters off the back tees with a par of 71 it was designed by Donald Steel in 1989. The view from the first hole tee is quite daunting a narrow fairway with out of bounds down the right as it runs parallel to the driving range, with a spectacular view down to the first green the Atlantic ocean in the background, a tricky Par 4 at 380 metres and a good hole to get your round started if you get a par. Whilst on the first tee if you happen to look back you get a fantastic view over the mountain range including mount Teide which rises to 3,718m at its highest point, making it Spain’s highest peak and at this time of the year usually has snow on it.
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The signature hole of the course must be the 5th a par 3 of only115 meters, but as you are at sea level and you are normally hitting into the prevailing wind, one actually plays over the ocean as the waves pound into the rocks causing a white wall of water swirling round the cove, a very tricky little hole which gets the nerves going of many a good golfer to that end their ball ends up in the ocean. Some days a 9 iron will make the carry more often or not you could be down to a 6 iron.

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The course is surrounded by many “barrancos” or small ravines and rocky, volcanic areas. When Donald Steel first came here to build this course he must have wondered if it would have been possible when you see the rough terrain all around the extremities of the course and with a very limited yearly rain fall, but design it he did and has made a wonderful job of what nature laid out for him, with plenty of borrows and rolls with mountain and ocean views.

Your hat must take your hat off for all the green keeping staff because although the sun shines here almost every day they use lots and lots of water, which I believe is all recycled, as fresh water on the island is a very precious commodity and not to be used for leisure purposes. To keep this vast area green and in playable condition must be enormous and a very skilled job and when I was there the greens were running very fast and true although they did have some problem with the 17th green but it seemed on hand with a full reseed of the bottom half of the green.

Winter prices for visitors was 80 Euro per person but they do an after 2pm special price of 72 Euro another more economical way to play if you are going to play more than once is to ask about their Bono tickets. Buggy hire costs 30 Euro or trolleys at 4 Euro for 18 holes. Club hire was also available at 15 Euro for a standard set and with Callaway X series being 35 Euro per set. A handicap of 28 for men and 36 for women is required and the dress code is smart golfing apparel with shoes on soft spikes only which can be changed at the club house.

The course also has a full driving range with bunker and chipping areas as well as long range practice area. As you would expect from this facility it has attached to it two professionals, one of which is a well known player within the islands, Snr Javier Toll Messìa, himself playing on the Challenge tour they offer lessons on all aspects of your game. The cost is ½ hour 25 Euro or 1 hour 45 Euro per person they will also teach husband and wife, or small groups.

The Amarilla complex also has an excellent well maintained small tricky little nine hole pitch and putt course ideal for brushing up on your short game, maybe after a lesson, or for taking a youngster the cost is 13 euro including a trolley. If you can par this course you deserve a drink in the bar.

The 19th tee bar area is encompassed within the clubhouse where they also house a modern reception area with multi lingual staff and also a pro shop selling all the latest woman and gents golf fashion items along with shoes and balls, they also have a selection of Amarilla merchandise like ball markers, pitch repairers to enable you to remember your game here. The whole clubhouse eating and drinking area has nice comfy table and chairs with delightful views over the 1st tee down to the ocean. Food and drink are served all day and they have a snack menu to suit all tastes.

There is a lot of building going on around the course, with many of this project now completed; they have enhanced the area as a whole, with more people around the area and many restaurants and bars springing up. With the new road I mentioned earlier, all in all, Amarilla could be the next up and coming area especially as there is now a new marina with 350 berths of all sizes and plans to develop the area into a very upmarket tourist and commercial area. Here is the marinas own web site.

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Whilst in the Amarilla area I took a run along the marina area to the lighthouse at the end of the pier and found it was a café called Bar De La Torres you go upstairs into a nice seating area where they sell food and drink all day, as its at the end of the pier the views looking over the ocean are breathtaking and then you turn round and you have the mountain range a full 360 deg vista and also the offices of Submarine safaris, a yellow submarine operator which takes people on an underwater adventure into the ocean here is their web site and also a jet ski safari operator.

Would I give Amarilla Golf Course a try now, yes I would they have got their act together and now have a smashing golf course and a very professional and pleasant back up team.They have their own web pages with more info Here..

I for one will be back.

Lorena Ochoa Wins at the Honda LPGA Thailand

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Finishing with a final round of 66, Lorena Ochoa made up three strokes on third-round leader Paula Creamer to win the Honda LPGA Thailand for a three-stroke victory. Ochoa finished at 14-under 274 – shooting 71-69-68 the first three days – on the Siam Country Club’s Plantation Course, and earned $217,500, it was Ochoa’s 25th LPGA Tour title.

Well done that Lady

Short Game Mistakes To Avoid

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Are You Using The Wrong Club?

One of the biggest mistakes golfers make on the course is not using the right club. You can have a better short game, have more fun, and lower your score if you would just stick to a club which is the most comfortable for you when facing a specific shot. 

For example, if you are confident using a 7 iron club whenever hitting the ball from 35 yards in, then use it. Just because you may have read that an amateur or pro golfer prefers another club when facing the same scenario, or have seen a golf training video which stresses the use of a different iron, it doesn’t mean you have to follow their advice. Stick to what works, for you!

Short game success has just as much to do with your confidence and comfort levels as it does with technique and shot specifics. In time you will find what is called your “go to club” when playing through a specific shot. And when practicing your short game, those practice sessions should be focused around this club in order to improve at the fastest rate possible.

Stop Over-analyzing Everything

The reasons for choosing golf as your sport is to enjoy a game that is comfortable, confidence-building, and which is able to settle within your subconscious. This means avoiding the dreaded mistake over-analyzing everything. You must allow the game to come to you by just letting it happen.

The best thing you can do is develop a solid, consistent swing and grow your confidence with it. From that point on, the game of golf is simply hitting the ball towards the intended target, walking over and picking it up, and hitting it again, until you have reached the hole. 

This may seem like an oversimplification, and of course practice and preparation are important, but if you spend time analyzing every second of the game to the point of seriously frustrating yourself, you are on the wrong track. Rather, enjoy golf and use your energy to focus and concentrate when the time is needed instead of mulling over every minor detail.

Another $ 1,134,000.00 for the Mickelsons

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Another $ 1,134,000.00 for the Mickelsons after big Phil wins the Northern Trust Open in California. He nearly blew one of the biggest leads he has had in his career, and  scrambled for par to avoid a playoff, nevertheless show me the money. Well done Phil, looking forward to Tigers return, you will need to play better.

Johnnie Walker Classic.Amateur Wins

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 Danny Lee (U.S. Amateur champion) birdied the final two holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita (67), Chile’s Felipe Aguilar (68) and England’s Ross McGowan (70) all tied for second on Sunday in the Johnnie Walker Classic. The 18-year-old New Zealander, set to turn pro after the Masters, had a 17-under 271 total on The Vines Resort’s composite course and would collect no winnings as he was amateur so the prize would be shared between the  second placed guys.

Abama Golf Resort Head Pro Interview

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Managed to get an interview with Mark Pursey(P.G.A) head pro at the Abama Golf Resort here in Tenerife, we have scheduled for next week so looking forward to meeting the man and finding out his plans for the future.

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Anthony Kang wins The Malaysian Open

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 American Anthony Kang sank a birdie putt at the final hole to win the Malaysian Open by one stroke Sunday afterThai Prayad Marksaeng missed a birdie attempt on the last hole.. 

He shot a final-round 67 for a total of 17-under par, clinching his first European Tour title.

Well done ! Laura Davis wins the Australian Open

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Laura Davies (45) has won the Women’s Australian Open on Sunday 15th Feb 2009. She shot a final-round 5-under 68 to go with a 67 on Saturday for a one-stroke victory over Spain’s Tania Elosegui. She finished with a 7-under total of 285 but a nail biting time as she was in the clubhouse and the Spanish player birdied the 17th to go into the lead by one shot, but the Spaniard double bogeyed the 18th making Davis the winner.

New section added “Meet The Pro”

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In this section I have decided to give you an insight into the Pro Golfer scene here in Tenerife. We have many different types and Nationality’s of Pro Golfers here many of whom I call friends.  I start the series off with an interview withFransisco” Paco” Millan the Head Pro at Golf Del Sur for the last 11 years.

Have a look at it here 

Tenerife Ladies Open Adeje : Tenerife

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This year the 2009 Tenerife Ladies Open  will be held at Golf Costa Adeje ( here) on the  24th – 27th September 2009. This years prize money will be some 300.000 Euro. Entry to the event is normally free for spectators and is a great day out,It also allows men to see how to swing a club properly whilst maintaining balance and projecting the ball some 300 metres, and of course some beautiful women into the bargain !