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News about golf in Andalucia. 6co  Michelle Chaplow
News about golf in Andalucia.

Top golfer Miguel Angel Jiménez and Marbella’s Health Councilor, Antonio Maíz, present the VII Charity Golf Tournament Niños Mariposa Marina Banus/Linea Directa

Miguel Angel Jiménez, one of the world’s top golfers, and Antonio Maíz, Health Councilor at Marbella’s Town Hall have presented this morning at the Aloha Golf Club in Marbella the VII Edition of the Charity Golf Tournament Niños Mariposa Marina Banus-Línea Directa. At the presentation there was also Evanina Morcillo, director of Debra Spain, the Butterfly Children charity that organises the event, Luis Navarro managing director of Aloha Golf Club and Don Fisher member of the comitee that founded the tournament six years ago.

The tournament will take place on the 6th of June at the Aloha Golf Club. According to the charity’s director all funds raised will be dedicated to the creation of a respite home in Marbella for people affected by Epidermolisis Bullosa (EB) or Butterfly Skin. She explained that this home would be the first one in the world for patients affected by Butterfly Skin and their families.  Like Dunia’s who didn’t miss this presentation.

Miguel Angel Jimenez explained how important is personally for him to be charitable and to support causes like the Butterfly Skin. In addition to offering his public image and personal collaboration for the event, he announced that he will donate a Rider’s Cup Flag signed by the whole of the European Team. This is a fantastic piece of news, according to Don Fisher, as the flag will be auctioned at the dinner on the day of the tournament, allowing to raise extra significant funds from golf fans.

Antonio Maíz as Health Councillor mentioned the importance of this type of private initiatives that help to compensate certain deficiencies of the public system when covering the needs of people affected by rare conditions like the Butterfly Skin.  He also offered the support of Marbella’s town hall for the diffusion of the tournament.

From a golf perspective, Luis Navarro emphasised on the high attendance of players achieved in previous years and he assured that this edition there would hopefully be as many participants (over 200). The director of the Aloha Golf Club also explained that this tournament is special for it offers prizes on each hole in addition to the general ones,

In a difficult year like this, the support from main sponsors like Marina Banus and Línea Directa have compensated many difficulties found to make this edition of the tournament a reality.

Pictures enclosed:

Photo 1:   Picture of the press conference from left to right: Jose Luís Mangas (professional of the Aloha Golf Club), Luis Navarro (managing director of the Aloha Golf Club), Antonio Maíz (Marbella’s Health Councilor), Evanina Morcillo (director of Debra España), Don Fisher (member of the founder committee).

Photo 2: Dunia and Miguel Angel Jiménez. Dunia is one of the many children affected by the Butterfly Skin condition in Spain and Portugal. However, Dunia is a special case as she was adopted by her parents despite the non-curable condition that she suffers.


2008 Volvo Masters Champion Will Be the Million-Dollar Man

With the prize fund for the 21st Volvo Masters increased by a quarter-of-a-million Euros to a record 4,250,000 euro, the champion's share goes up to an unprecedented 708,000 euro making the winner the first million-dollar man in the long and colourful history of the European Tour's longest running sponsorship.

Last year's champion, Englishman Justin Rose clinched the European Order of Merit with what he described as, "The biggest victory of my career to date," banking 666,660 euro (approx. US$967,500) for his epic sudden-death play-off victory at Valderrama and said of the million-dollars on offer should he become the first man to successfully defend his Volvo Masters crown,

"There is something magical about the million-dollar mark, but more importantly, the Volvo Masters is a huge championship to win and I'd love to make history by successfully defending my crown."

Klas Magnusson, Acting Head Volvo Event Management (Golf) commented, "Volvo in golf has always been about a couple founding principles, namely that the prize money is entirely performance related and that Volvo-sponsored golf tournaments represent a unique fusion of quality, venue and event production, a world-class ambience, true sportsmanship and intense competition."

But Magnusson, who took over on an interim basis following the retirement of Mel Pyatt, who very successfully steered Volvo through two decade in golf, which saw Volvo become the biggest single sponsor of men's professional golf in both Europe and Asia did admit that the Swedish brand's golf portfolio was currently, 'Under review.'

He explained, "Clearly, the Race to Dubai inaugurated from 2009 onwards changes the golf sponsorship landscape not only for Volvo but also, I believe for other blue-chip sponsors and Volvo Event Management is quite properly currently reviewing its golfing operations in light of this development," adding, "We are counting nothing in and nothing out and will be announcing the results of our deliberations later this year."

Andalucia Golf fans will be holding their breath, as this probably means that the 21st Volvo Masters to take place at Club de Golf Valderrama, Sotogrande from 30th October to 2nd November 2008 will be the last.

Peter Lawrie Wins the 2008 Spanish Open

According to official reports, Spaniards once again fuelled the main excitement at this year’s Spanish Open, only to see a foreigner – Ireland’s Peter Lawrie – take the prize at the end of the event.

During the first part of the open it looked like the battle was mainly between Spaniards Nacho Garrido and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Málaga’s Jimenez, however, knocked himself out of the upper echelons of the competition when he sent two balls into a lake at the tenth hole in a triple bogey.

From there, it was down to Garrido and Lawrie. After a two-hole play-off between the top two competitors, Lawrie managed to win his first victory on the European Circuit. As the champion said in statements to the press, “In the first hole of the play-off, I believed Ignacio would be the champion, but I made one of those rare putts. At the second hole of the play-off, I never believed Ignacio’s ball would go into the lake. It looked like a good shot. That’s when I knew I’d better make those two putts and that’s how it was. I’ve put a lot of effort and dedication into this sport and today I got my reward.”

Thomas Levet wins the 2008 MAPFRE Andalucia Golf Open

The 2008 MAPFRE Andalucian Golf Open, organized by Valle Romano and held on the Aloha Golf course handed its title over to Frenchman Thomas Levet and leaving the defending champion, Lee Westwood, in third place.

Thomas Levet is the winner of three previous European Open Tour victories at the Cannes Open in 1998, the British Masters in 2001 and the Scottish Open in 2004, a win that classified him for the Ryder’s Cup. Levet was back on the course and competing after problems with vertigo had kept him out of commission for one year and four months. In statements to the press, Levet repeatedly stressed that the Aloha course is one of his favourites and that he feels the course was “made for him”.

Englishman Oliver Fisher, just 19 years old, took second place in the Andalucian Golf Open and received praise even from the winner. “Oliver is a fantastic player,” said his opponent, Levet. “Without a doubt he could be the next Faldo, his game is incredible. He only needs more experience.”

BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN SPAIN

Andalucia Spring Centenary Golf Tournament

The Winners and the Trophy: Paul Bristow, David Morley, Charlotte Fraser-Pymme (BCCS), Valerie Broom (Lloyds TSB Spain), Michael Irgens,  Jan Erikson.
The Winners and the Trophy: Paul Bristow, David Morley, Charlotte Fraser-Pymme (BCCS), Valerie Broom (Lloyds TSB Spain), Michael Irgens, Jan Erikson.

On Friday 7th March 2008, the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain held their Centenary Golf Tournament in Andalucía..

This unique event attracted over 70 players from a wide variety of local small and medium sized companies, and large corporations across all sectors such as Lloyds TSB Spain, Coutts, Irwin Mitchell, Survey Spain, Andalucia.com and KSi Costa Consulting Group.

The exclusive sponsor of this event was Lloyds TSB Spain. Valerie Broom, Business Development Manager on the Costa del Sol presented the prizes.

The format was a shot-gun start with tee-off at 9:30am, which was followed by a luncheon, and the presentation of trophies and prizes. The Sovereign Group team won the first prize and returned with the trophy, four medals and 4 weekends with green-fees at La Manga club courtesy of MedGroup. Lloyds TSB were runner ups winning medals and a selection of Burberry products. Placed third were the Alanda Group team winning medals and a selection of Grey Goose products.


Prizes also went to Andre Jenkinson, Jorge Taillefer and Helen Butterfield for nearest the pin and longest drive male and female respectively.

This event gave members of the BCCS an opportunity to talk about business whilst teeing off in the beautiful surroundings of the golf course at the Marbella Golf and Country Club.

The BCCS has been holding golf tournaments for nearly one hundred years and it is the biggest sporting event in the Chamber calendar.

This is a particularly special year for the BCCS since it is celebrating its Centenary. This historic occasion will be marked in a number of ways, including the publication of our special membership directory which features articles from Gordon Brown and the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero amongst other important political figures. We will also be hosting some of the most high profile acts in our history, with flagship events in Madrid, Barcelona Andalucía and London.
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Photographs of the teams and the prize giving can be viewed at BCCS Tournament.

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