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).
It is an old story, which seems to return now (again) in force. We were in the 90s, when Greg Norman pushed the idea of an innovative world circuit, reserved only for the best among the best.
Montebelo Golf, in Viseu, will now have a FootGolf course, a sport that is growing internationally, with the “kick-off” at the end of October, the date on which the new sport becames available on the course of Visabeira Turismo.