Golfers in Algarve

news: Golfers in Algarve

The Tagus Golf Society from Lisbon recently travelled to the Algarve for a golfing weekend, which took them to some of the most prestigious courses in the region.

Palmares was the first course and, unfortunately for the players, scores were not brilliant that day, with 34 points as the top score. For day two, the golfers played at the Boavista course, where results did not improve greatly – only eight players improved on their scores from the previous day. This was a new course for most people and everyone agreed that it was a great course with beautiful views, but some very challenging holes. Despite the low scoring, everybody enjoyed the Algarve’s courses and commented on the lovely weather.

In a first for the Tagus Society, a ‘nearest the line’ competition was held and it was won by Margot Zimmerli on the 13th at Boavista. The usual ‘nearest the pin’ was won at Palmares by Emmy Hoogewoud, and at Boavista by Max Zimmerli. ‘Longest drives’ were Hilário Sanches, Auke Bos, May van Haaps and Pat Potier. And the ‘most improved player’ was Eva Sanches.

The main prize of the two-day event was the America’s Trophy – an aggregate of stableford scores – won by Ron Goddard (66 points). From second to fifth place were Graciete Gibbon (62), Vitor Campos (59), Jimmy Gray (57) and Peter Dekker (56). The Pioneer Shield, awarded to the best aggregate over two days with a handicap over 18, was won by Rudi Hergesell with 55 points.

The prize-giving dinner was held in a private room in the Hotel Tivoli in Lagos. Thirty-three people enjoyed pre-dinner drinks on the terrace before sitting down to an enjoyable dinner of sole with lobster sauce, and profiteroles served with hot chocolate for desert.

After the prizes were awarded and the group photo taken – so many colourful bathrobes and bottles of champagne! – the music beckoned the team to the dance floor. Such was the brilliant sound of the Saraband Duo, that everyone took to the floor and only stopped dancing three hours later, when the maitre d’hotel began pointedly looking at his watch.

Eva Sanches, chairperson for the Tagus Golf Society, commented: “What music and what fun! Just the perfect finish to a great weekend of golf with great people. We are indeed privileged to have such a wonderful group of people in our society. Long may we last!”