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Brothers in arms

Algarvean siblings Ricardo and Hugo Santos dominated the Portuguese national golf championships at the RibaGolfe-II course near Benavente at the weekend.

The older Hugo overshadowed his more illustrious brother at the outset by grabbing the lead with a five-under-par round of 67, two strokes ahead of Ricardo and first time participant Felipe Lima.

But the picture soon changed as this year’s leading Portuguese golfer and future European Tour player Ricardo Santos found his rhythm.

Following a second round of 67 punctuated by eight birdies, the 29-year-old increased his advantage over the 39-man field with a closing effort of 66 to gain national honours at senior level for the first time.

Overall the 14-under-par 202 shot victory also signified the lowest score and biggest winning margin ever for the competition, overtaking fellow Algarvean Antonio Sobrinho’s previous record, and leaving Hugo and Lima to share the runner-up spot 13 strokes in arrears.

The ladies event was won for the second time by Monica Bernardo while Oceanico Group pro Nelson Cavalheiro formed part of the victorious Pro-Am foursome spelling out a clean sweep for Algarve golfers.