Spaniard Santiago Vega de Seone and Finnish Minna Kaarnalahti were the winners of the III International Mid-Amateur Championship of Portugal, which took place in November at Troia Golf Club. The first edition of the National Mid-Amateur Circuit came to an end, rewarding the best in the Gold and Silver rankings of the Road to Troia.
Coming from Madrid, where he is a member of the Real Club La Moraleja, Santiago Vega de Seoane made an eagle in the 18th (par 5) to beat by the minimum margin his compatriot Oscar Sanchez Jubindo, 43, of the Real Club de Golf De Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands. Another Madrid Spaniard, Ramón Luengo, 50, from Real Sociedad Hipica Española Club de Campo, scored 72 to maintain third place, with 221 (75-74-72).
In the Women's tournament, Minna Kaarnalahti defeated the Portuguese Paula Saúde (playingat her 'home club' the Troia Golf Club), in the first hole of the 'play-off', after both completed the three regulation rounds tied with 237 (+21) strokes. National mid-amateur champion Lara Veira (Santo da Serra GC) was third with 241 (+25).
At 56 years old, Pedro Lima Pinto is an unavoidable figure in national golf. He is the most visible face of Greatgolf, the career management agency he founded to help young Portuguese golfers. The agency currently represents five golfers, and has a fundamental rule: it only works with those who are dedicated exclusively to the game.
The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA Tour jointly announced early july that both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup have been rescheduled and will now be played one year later than originally planned.