EGTF Pro Am Murcia 2011
The 4th EGTF Pro Am in the Murcia region took place recently and proved to be the best so far.
Organised superbly as usual by EGTF Professional Gavin Riddall and his team from The Golf Factory, it took place over 4 days and was played in glorious sunshine! Many of the people attending were arriving from European Countries where golf has not been possible for many months, so this was a welcome relief to actually get out onto the course and hit some shots.
21 teams attended this year, which I think is the largest number we have had at a Pro Am, and this made for an excellent week of golf and camaraderie.
The Texas Scramble was played at Las Collinas Golf Club, rated in the top 5 new Golf Resorts in the world, and it certainly turned the heads of everyone who played. The scoring was as always, sensational, but with an incredible total of 16 under par gross, the team from
Mallorca Golf Academy took the title.
The main tournament was played over three days and three courses (Roda, Peraleja and Las Collinas) which always makes for an interesting format. The Amateur section was keenly contested with a strong field of 60+ players, but with all the consistency of someone who has played the game at a high level for some time, young
Steven Sworowski at only 14 years of age, won the title. With scores of 36, 37 and 38 points on some tough courses, he claimed the title by 2 shots, which I’m sure you will agree was a great achievement.
The Team competition went down to the wire with any number of teams having the chance to win on the last day, but when the pressure was on, the local team of
“The Medaesthetics” lead by EGTF Professional Mark Shakespeare, won through with a fabulous last round of 120 team points to win by 3, with an overall total of 352 points.
It was great to see so many old and new faces in the EGTF Professional Event and as this Tournament seems to grow each year, it will give even more members the chance to play some competitive golf early in the season.
Scoring was tough over the three days for many players, mainly due to the lack of golf played by many people leading up to the event, but this year attracted some very talented EGTF golfers, who showed what can be done, and produced some excellent scoring.
Mark Housego, who had a share of the title last year, went one better this year with a wonderful display of golf over the three days to claim the Tournament by 5 shots with scores of 69, 72, 71 for a 3 under par total of 212 for the week. I’m sure you will join me in wishing Mark all the best as he tries his hand at Professional Golf Tours this year. This is certainly the start he was looking for.
Thanks once again to Gavin and Paula for all their hard work during the week, to all the Amateurs who turned up for some sun and golf, and finally to my friends and fellow EGTF Professionals who make these Tournaments possible. It will be great to see you all again at future EGTF events.