Australia’s Stewart Ginn finally tasted his first victory on the European Seniors Tour after nine years of trying with a two shot win from England’s Nick Job at the inaugural Azores Senior Open.
Ginn started the day at Batalha Golf Club five shots off the lead held by Scotland’s Martin Gray, but managed to reduce the margin with five birdies en route to a round of 68.
Ginn said “It’s probably about time I won. I’ve finished second more times than I can remember, so it was just a case of getting over the line today. I’ve played nicely all week, but the difference today was that I sunk a few putts. I picked up a few birdies after the turn, and it was then I knew I had a chance of winning. “Sadly I won’t be able to celebrate properly tonight, because I’ve got to catch an early flight tomorrow. But I’m sure I’ll have a few drinks when I get home. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the tournament, and I’d like to congratulate Nick and all the other guys for playing so well today.”
Job’s round of 71 saw him finish the tournament on three under par, two shots clear of Argentina’s Luis Carbonetti, Seniors Tour debutant Domingo Hospital of Spain, and Italy’s Costantino Rocca, who shot a 69.
Earlier in the day, England’s Bob Larratt set a new course record with a six under par round of 66. Larratt, the professional at Kibworth Golf Club in Leicester, carded seven birdies and a solitary bogey to break the record held jointly by Canada’s Brad Fritsch and America’s PJ Cowan, who both shot rounds of 67. He said “A round of 66 is always pleasing, but more so on a tough course like this. I decided to be much more positive and attack the flags today, and got the rewards. Perhaps if the tournament had lasted another day I might’ve had a chance of winning it!”
Another man with reason to celebrate was Spain’s Jose Rivero, whose reward for his hole-in-one at the eighth on Saturday was to receive 200 bottles of wine – one for every yard of the hole – courtesy of sponsors Hardys. Another man with reason to celebrate was Spain’s Jose Rivero, whose reward for his hole-in-one at the eighth yesterday is to receive 200 bottles of wine – one for every yard of the hole – courtesy of sponsors Hardys.
Azores Golf Islands is the new commercial name for the Batalha and Furnas Golf Clubs both located on Sao Miguel in the Azores. Batalha Golf Club, designed by Chris Powell and Bob Cameron, consists of 27 holes built on volcanic rock. The layout was designed in harmony with the natural landscape and has spectacular, sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the villages nestled below.
The Furnas course was originally created by Mackenzie Ross as only having nine holes. In 1986 Cameron and Powell extended them so successfully to 18 holes that it feels as though it was designed as one initial course. The course is located in the Furnas valley which is famous for its tropical vegetation and hot springs together with its breathtaking views typical to the Azores. Magnificent Japanese cedars frame its fairways and its fiendishly undulating greens prove a great challenge.
Azores Golf Islands has recently partnered with Troon Golf and the Azores Senior’s Open was the first of many successful events to be held under the new management.
The unparalleled leader in upscale golf course and private club management Troon Golf has a well earned reputation for having pristine golf course conditions, personalized member service, outstanding food & beverage experiences and world-class retail offerings at its facilities. According to recently appointed General Manager Mr. Stephen Havrilla this reputation has helped Troon Golf fulfill its mission and win the loyalty of millions of golfers worldwide and he is now delighted to be able to share the Troon Golf Experience with you on these truly magical Islands.
Made up of nine volcanic islands, the Azores are located in the Atlantic Ocean, 950 miles west of Lisbon and 2,100 miles from the east coast of the USA. Lying on the parallel passing through Lisbon and New York, the Azores are an autonomous region of Portugal.