Tuesday, 11 December 2012 18:35
The Madeira Islands Open, won in 2012 by the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, Ricardo Santos, will return to Santo da Serra from May 16-19, 2013.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 17:15winner of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award following a season in which he won the Madeira Islands Open at Santo da Serra, where he has played as a junior.
Santos celebrated the 40th anniversary of The European Tour one week late by becoming only the second Portuguese player to win on the International Schedule – exactly 20 years after Daniel Silva became the first by capturing the Jersey Open.
Born in Faro in 1982, Santos, raised near the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in the Algarve, Santos fulfilled his boyhood dream by winning in Portugal with a superb final round of 63, which was the lowest final round by a winner during the 2012 season and was watched by many of his family including brother Hugo, who also played in the Madeira Islands Open.
Santos, who dedicated his win to his wife, Rita, and their daughter, Victoria, was naturally thrilled to learn that he had become the 48th recipient of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award, which was launched in 1960.
He said: “It’s an honor to become the first Portuguese player to win the Rookie of the Year award. When you look at some of the players who have won the award in the past, it’s a real privilege to see my name next to theirs on the trophy. It’s been an amazing season, and to end it be winning the award is more than I could have dreamed of.
“Winning in Madeira has brought me more recognition in Portugal, and being named Rookie of the Year will get my name known even more, here at home and across Europe. But the award is not just for me – it’s also for my coach, Almerindo Sequeira; my fitness coach, David Moura; my sports psychologist, Gon?alo Castanho; and for my wife, Rita. Our daughter Victoria is probably too young to understand at the moment, but when she grows up I’m sure she’ll be proud of her father for winning this award.
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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 00:00visitportugalgolf.com. Also, find an exclusive selection of the best courses in Portugal.
Thursday, 11 October 2012 14:57
The 2012 World Travel Awards, hosted at the new Conrad Algarve Resort saw Portugal win seven awards. The Algarve region, the golfing industry and three hotels were among the winners.
Portugal scooped the following recognition; Europe’s Leading Golf Destination and Europe’s Leading Beach Destination, which saw the Algarve win the top award.
The Conrad Algarve Resort claimed the title Europe’s Leading New Resort; Vila Joya Resort was named Europe’s Leading Boutique Resort; Dunas Douradas Beach Club was named Europe's Leading Villa & Apartment Residences; Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel received the award for Europe’s Leading Villa Resort and Quinta do Lago Hotel was elected the Mediterranean's Leading Hotel.
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:34
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