Why Tenerife is the Perfect Destination for a Golf Holiday

Whether you are an avid golfer, with a strong passion for the sport, or simply like to enjoy a few relaxed rounds while on holiday, we’re happy to say that Tenerife is the perfect destination for a golf holiday. With a year round warm, sunny and spring-like climate, the conditions are absolutely perfect almost everyday of the year. Unlike much of the rest of Europe and most other places in the world, here in Tenerife you generally won’t have to worry about extreme weather conditions.

Golfers Paradise #tenerife #costaadeje #golfcostaadeje #golf #tenerifegolf @visit_tenerife video by Don @sibotk

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If you have a round of golf planned for the next day you can almost be guaranteed of great conditions whether you are here in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. By contrast, in somewhere like the UK, the weather can be so unpredictable so you never know quite what to expect. In addition to this, unlike some of the other Canary Islands such as Lanzarote, Tenerife has far less wind, meaning one less annoying factor to worry about. Instead you can just concentrate on enjoying a great round of golf amongst gorgeous surroundings. You will be able to enjoy stunning ocean views, palm tree lined courses and the sublime natural beauty of Tenerife such as the incredible volcanic landscape!

At present Tenerife has nine golf courses (two of which are nine hole courses) so there is plenty to choose from. This includes both the North and South of the island with a real variety in styles and design, plus varying difficulty levels and terains across the different courses that Tenerife has to offer. This is yet another reason why Tenerife is a perfect destination for a golf holiday.

Courses in the South of Tenerife:

Golf Del Sur

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Golf Las Americas

Golfing Paradise #golflasamericas #tenerife #golf #golfday #costadeje #tenerifemagazine

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Amarilla Golf

Golfing Paradise #amarillagolf #tenerife #golf

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Golf Costa Adeje:

Beautiful Tenerife #incostadeje #golf #golfcostaadeje #golf #island #canayislands #tenerife

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Abama Golf

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Los Palos Centro de Golf

#lospalosgolf #golf #tenerife #lospalos

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Courses in the North of Tenerife:

Buenavista Golf

Golf La Roselda

Real Golf de Tenerife





Big Success for this year’s Ingane Yami Golf Tournament!

For the past eight years Pearly Grey has organised an annual charity golf tournament to raise funds for the incredible Ingane Yami children’s village. Every year this popular tournament proves to be a big success among both the players competing and their families and friends watching, and this year was no exception.

Each year there is a large amount of money raised for Ingane Yami which does vital work supporting and caring for orphaned children in South Africa who would otherwise have little hope. At this year’s tournament there was over €22,000 raised which will be put to fantastic use!

The charity houses the children in a loving, caring environment and gives them a real chance to lead a wonderful life by providing accommodation, food, clothing, healthcare and education. Most of these children have had heart-breaking starts in life, but with the help of Ingane Yami they can look forward to a successful  future.

Everyone was in good spirits for this event, enjoying a great day out among friends and colleagues. Of course it didn’t hurt that the tournament was played at the gorgeous Golf Costa Adeje course! This year was the fifth consecutive year that the tournament has been held at the course and once again it proved a brilliant experience.

The weather was absolutely perfect, with a bright blue sky, plenty of warm sunshine and only a light breeze which helped keep the players cool. The course was immaculate, making playing conditions excellent for those competing.

On the day there were over 100 competitors, with players from Tenerife, the UK and South Africa, and it was great to see such a large turnout for this charity tournament, supporting such a worthy cause!

Once again the team at Pearly Grey did a wonderful job organising this tournament, in conjunction with the friendly and professional staff at Golf Costa Adeje. We would also like to mention the excellent work that  Oasis FM and the Canarian Weekly have done helping to promote the tournament.

This event is now firmly established on the Tenerife golfing calendar and is only expected to become bigger and better each year! Following the end of the tournament there was a prize giving buffet dinner which everyone enjoyed after their time out on the course.

Photos: Gabriella Beckley

For more information about Ingane Yami:

Pearly Grey:

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Tenerife Business’s Set A Red Hot Record At InganeYami Golf Tournament

It wasn’t just organizers Pearly Grey Ocean Club that raised the standard higher than ever at the fifth Ingane Yami Golf Tournament on Saturday 19 July 2014.

The Golf Costa Adeje course welcomed 20 teams of four and the Tenerife business community dug deep to sponsor the event and donate prizes for the grand draw. The end result was a record total raised of 14,765 euros to help the continued growth of the children’s village in Kwa Zulu – Natal, South Africa.

The intense heat could have been a factor but from the four ball Texas Scramble start at 9.30 am the teams made light of it to be finished in plenty of time for the sit down buffet lunch in the club house at 2pm. They were helped round by a cool breeze and food and drinks at holes five and nine.

Many of the sponsors had been involved since the project started in 2009 and the tournament has become a firm favourite on the Tenerife sporting calendar.

Competition was keen but the eventual winners were Alan Hardy, Rick McKenzie, Chris Elkington, and Danny on 57 closely followed by Paul Greenwood, Bradley Greenwood, Paul Sidney Fellows, and David Morales on 59. There were plenty more chances for glory with nearest the pin at six of the holes and the longest drive for Eugenio Vonk and Tina Pazera.


The ambitious Ingane Yami childrens village is rapidly taking shape with the first houses occupied but there is a long way to go and Pearly Grey Ocean Club in Callao Salvaje have plenty more fund raising efforts lined up. You can find out more about the difference the village is making at www.inganeyami.com


Dorada/Ingane Yami Golf Tournament 2013

On Saturday 27th April 2013, Pearly Grey are once again organising their Dorada/Ingani Yami Golf Tournament at Golf Costa Adeje. Sponsored by Dorada and organised by Pearly Grey Ocean Club and Golf Costa Adeje, this is the fourth year the golf tournament has been held and is a hugely popular annual event where everyone has a brilliant time while helping to raise funds to give children a new life.

Ingani Yami
When Yvonne and Roger Greig travelled to iXopo in the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa to visit their friend Jayne who had lost three children and a grandchild to AIDS, they wept at the sight of the mounds of earth that surrounded the communities of the hills and valleys. HIV/Aids was devastating communities and creating millions of orphans for whom the future held nothing but bleakness and hopelessness.

From those visits, the idea and then the project of Ingane Yami was born.

Giving orphaned children a real home, with a mother, in a village with the support of the community is the aim of the Ingane Yami project.

To date, the project has built its first cluster of five homes within the village and the first ‘family’ are now resident – Ruth, the house mother, her two biological sons and three foster children. Rescued from abject poverty, the three orphans are now part of a loving family home and are thriving under the care of their mother and their new big brothers. The rest of the completed houses are about to be furnished and the project is recruiting more house mothers to take up residence in the village.

For the past five years, Pearly Grey Ocean Club has been supporting Ingane Yami to realise their aim of giving hope to those born with none. Committing to helping with the building of homes, to date they have raised enough funds to complete one home and are half way to building a second.

The Dorada/Ingani Yami Golf Tournament 2013

Get involved
There are lots of ways in which you can get involved with the Dorada/Ingane Yami Golf Tournament 2013:

Participate as a player – entry fee is €70 which includes green fees, buggy hire and lunch. There will be raffles and great prizes on the day and a hole in one wins a car. Tee off is at 10am and players need to be at the course 45 mins before.
Sponsor one of the holes – for as little as €200 your company can sponsor the event which will get you a 2 metre by 1 metre banner at your sponsored hole.
Support – pop along to Golf Costa Adeje and lend your support by buying raffle tickets, participating in the auction and enjoying the buffet and live entertainment.

This is a project which is very close to the hearts of those involved in bringing new hope to KwaZulu’s orphans because ‘everybody deserves to be recognized and loved, to feel accepted and secure‘.

For more information or to register to play in the tournament please contact info@pearlygrey.com or telephone 922 743 903


Stacey Keating wins Spanish Open in play-off

Australian Stacey Keating birdied the first extra hole in a sudden death play-off to secure her maiden Ladies European Tour victory at the Tenerife Open de España Femenino on Sunday.

Stacey Keating wins Spanish Open in play-off

Keating holed a five-footer for birdie on the 494-yard / 452-metre par five 18th hole at Golf Las Américas after she tied on nine under par with Germany’s Caroline Masson.

“It was a tough day out there and Caroline and I both played well. It was nice to take it to a play-off and then get over the line,” said Keating, 26, from Cressy in Victoria.

Keating closed with a two under par 70 to come from a stroke behind Masson but it was a close final round duel in hot and windy conditions, with temperatures at 29C.

The pair tied for the lead after two holes and the lead exchanged several times before Masson made a mistake in the play-off by hitting her second shot into a water hazard. Her third came up short in the rough while Keating hit a superb approach shot to five feet short of the flag.

“All day it was very close and Caroline holed some putts when she needed to so it was nice and it’s always nice to birdie the play-off hole,” said Keating, in her second year as a professional.

She added that the victory would make amends for the massive disappointment of the previous week at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, where she was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score when lying in a tie for 32nd place.

“I’ve probably had the worst week of my life and the best week of my life in two weeks. It was very disappointing last week but this makes up for it, I can tell you. It will be all forgotten, last week,” she said, paying tribute to her caddie, Darren Peters, who is also her boyfriend and the support of her mentor, Karrie Webb.

“After the disappointment of last week she’s been great. Her and Karen Lunn, I have to mention her as well. They’ve been unbelievable. I don’t like to say, the veterans out here, but they’ve been great and they really have helped me and Kaz has been great out here this week.”

Stacey Keating wins Spanish Open in play-off

Masson, the South African Women’s Open champion in July, was left close to tears having come so close to her second victory this season.

She said: “If you hit the worst shot of the week in a play-off it’s a bit unlucky and I got lucky that I could actually hit that ball. If you hit a shot like that you don’t deserve to win and Stacey played well. She made birdie and just congratulations to her.”

Masson was a stroke ahead on 10 under par after a birdie on the par-five 16th, but she dropped a shot at 17 after hitting a poor tee shot behind a group of palm trees.

She chose to chip out to the fairway rather than play a risky shot but missed her par putt. Masson had a shorter birdie putt than Keating on 18, but both players made par to stay tied for the lead.

“You have to scramble and I think she did that really well,” Masson said. “A few more putts could have dropped but it’s always like that. I did it pretty similar to her when I won in South Africa, didn’t make many mistakes, a few good putts for par and that’s what she did today.”

England’s Trish Johnson also came close to her 22nd career victory with a final round 67 that left her in third position.

She made a spectacular start with an eagle on the first and a birdie on the sixth. A two under par back nine left her one stroke short of making the play-off and she said: “To shoot five under on the last day in pretty tricky conditions, you’ve got to be fairly happy. I’m a little bit disappointed to come up one short, I guess. I had a couple of chances. 17 was disappointing, I had a straightforward birdie putt and left it in the jaws short. You know the greens are slow but to be fair to them, they are slow but you can hole some putts: you’ve just got to hit them harder than you’re normally used to. I thought if I could finish birdie, birdie, birdie, I might have a chance, which obviously I did.”

Australian Nikki Garrett, who led after the first two rounds, shot a final round 70 to finish in fourth place, while Carlota Ciganda and Tania Elosegui were the leading Spanish players in a four-way share of fifth place with Esther Choe and Lee-Anne Pace on six under par.

Tenerife Open de España Femenino, Golf Las Américas (par 72), 20-23 September 2012, Final Scores:

  • 279 – Stacey Keating (AUS) 70 69 70 70 ““ (won on 1st extra hole of play-off)
  • 279 – Caroline Masson (DEU) 69 69 70 71
  • 280 – Trish Johnson (ENG) 67 74 72 67
  • 281 – Nikki Garrett (AUS) 64 73 74 70
  • 282 – Tania Elosegui (ESP) 69 74 71 68, Lee-Anne Pace (ZAF) 68 72 72 70, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 71 70 74 67, Esther Choe (USA) 70 69 73 70
  • 283 – Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 69 70 75 69, Diana Luna (ITA) 72 72 70 69, Ashleigh Simon (ZAF) 70 73 72 68, Henrietta Zuel (ENG) 73 72 71 67, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 70 73 71 69
  • 284 – Florentyna Parker (ENG) 69 69 77 69, Nontaya Srisawang (THA) 71 69 72 72
  • 286 – Hannah Burke (ENG) 70 70 73 73, Rebecca Artis (AUS) 69 76 72 69
  • 287 – Connie Chen (ZAF) 72 72 75 68, Laura Davies (ENG) 69 70 77 71, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 71 73 72 71
  • 288 – Melissa Reid (ENG) 74 69 74 71, Stefania Croce (ITA) 72 71 77 68, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 74 70 73 71, Line Vedel (DNK) 75 70 75 68, Carly Booth (SCO) 72 69 77 70, Jessica Yadloczky (USA) 72 73 72 71, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 68 74 74 72, Holly Aitchison (ENG) 73 71 72 72
  • 289 – Caroline Westrup (SWE) 73 73 70 73, Charlotte Ellis (ENG) 72 71 76 70, Valentine Derrey (FRA) 74 71 73 71, Joanna Klatten (FRA) 69 69 72 79, Lucie Andre (FRA) 73 72 73 71
  • 290 – Elizabeth Bennett (ENG) 69 74 76 71, Celine Palomar (FRA) 71 67 73 79, Carmen Alonso (ESP) 71 75 73 71, Miriam Nagl (DEU) 68 74 74 74, Anais Maggetti (CHE) 69 73 75 73
  • 291 – Pamela Feggans (SCO) 75 71 70 75, Rachel Bailey (AUS) 73 70 74 74, Danielle Montgomery (ENG) 71 74 74 72, Julie Greciet (FRA) 69 72 76 74
  • 292 – Beth Allen (USA) 73 71 76 72, Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 71 70 77 74, Tandi Cuningham (ZAF) 75 71 71 75, Rebecca Codd (IRL) 72 73 73 74, Lydia Hall (WAL) 70 74 69 79
  • 293 – Frances Bondad (AUS) 69 74 78 72
  • 294 – Bree Arthur (AUS) 74 70 78 72, Sara Beautell Largo (ESP) 70 71 78 75, Malene Jorgensen (DNK) 70 74 75 75, Maria Ohlsson (SWE) 73 72 70 79
  • 295 – Barbara Genuini (FRA) 72 74 76 73, Monique Smit (ZAF) 72 72 75 76, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 71 75 76 73
  • 296 – Carin Koch (SWE) 70 74 76 76, Kylie Walker (SCO) 73 72 79 72, Georgina Simpson (ENG) 73 71 77 75, Clare Queen (SCO) 73 72 74 77, Sophie Walker (ENG) 73 71 76 76, Sophie Giquel-bettan (FRA) 77 69 76 74
  • 298 – Laura Cabanillas (ESP) 71 75 79 73
  • 299 – Dawn Shockley (USA) 70 74 76 79

Further information:

Bethan Cutler
Media Manager
Ladies European Tour
Mobile: +44 (0)7980056045
E: bcutler@ladieseuropeantour.com


Golfers Keep Giving To Honour Marcia Garcia Estrada

Seven years after sarcoma cancer cut short the promising career of Marcia Garcia Estrada, 40 teams of golfers gathered at Abama Golf Resort, Tenerife to raise 95,000 euros for continued research through the foundation set up to honour the Santa Cruz born player. On 14 January the teams of three amateurs with one professional played golf battled it out before pro star Miguel Angel Martin and his team, Justo del Castillo, Juan Manuel Rodríguez and Luis Bunueri emerged victorious.

The Marcia Garcia Estrada Pro Am is more about the competing than the overall result, and raising awareness of this aggressive form of cancer that killed Maria in September 2005. It was a gripping finale to the action as the winners shared a score of 53 strokes with teams led by Paula Martí, José María Cañizares and Josh Jenkins from North America. All the players and spectators that headed to the west coast course in Guia de Isora enjoyed the day and the boost it gave the foundation.

The on course play was backed by some sterling fund raising efforts and star-studded contributions before the tournament, resulting in a pre-match balance of 21,250 euros. A special auction featured a team shirt and ball from Spain’s World Cup winning football team which alone raised an amazing 7,500 euros. Other big names were also generous with unique offers; Rafa Nadal gave up a pair of his tennis shoes signed by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball player Pau Gasol, tempting a bidder to part with 4,000 euros. There was also a bag of 14 golf balls from Pablo Larrazábal and VIP tickets to a Grand Prix.

The search for answers to beating sarcoma cancer is not publicly funded and relies on the generosity and dedication of organisations such as the Maria Garcia Estrada Foundation. Thankfully in Tenerife there are plenty of major companies willing to support the Pro Am tournament. This year the organisers were very grateful to Abama Golf Resort, Turismo de Tenerife, Gobierno de Canarias, Ayuntamiento de Guia de Isora and DISA.


Circuit Thrives At Buenavista Golf In North West Tenerife

The Tenerife and La Gomera Golf Circuit likes to broaden the horizons of their players and Buenavista Golf certainly meets that aim. It was the sixth round of the 2011 competition, now in it’s fifth year, on Saturday 17 September and 119 enthusiasts gathered to test the Isla Baja course.

Players and businesses alike have embraced the tournament’s mix of nationalities and levels of play. This round’s main sponsor was Calzados MBT but they were strongly backed by Turismo de Tenerife, Federación Canaria de Golf, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Heineken y Zumos Pago, Feledi Bodas y Eventos, Caroli Health Club from Sheraton La Caleta, C.C Gran Sur, Lexus Canarias, Cadena Ser, Canarias.com, Fred Olsen y Jardín Tecina, MBT calzado fisiológico, Hotel Jardin Tropical, Abama Golf & Spa Resort, Spring Hoteles, Hotel Sandos San Blas, VIK hotels group, Coca Cola, Fonteide, Holiday Golf S.L., Kalise, Hotel Spa Villalba, Ideal Joyeros, Carpas Atlántico, Axa Seguros, Tenerife Magazine, electrodomésticos Max Mark y la web especializada en golf mipuntuación.com.

The players showed their charitable side raising funds for San Lazaro childrens project during the day’s play and the trophies added another reason to try just that bit harder. Nearest the flag at the 4th hole went to David Ian Pritchard, the best senior player was Fco. González Suárez with 39 points and the scratch player award was won by Jose Luis García Estrada with 34 points. In the longest drive section at the 18th hole Monica Martinez powered to victory for the women and Rodrigo Hernández Díaz was the men’s winner.


First Category:
1st. Maria Dolores Sebares Urbano with 30 points
2nd. Francisca Reyes Martin Colchero with 28 points
3rd. Maria Luisa Forniés with 27 points

Second Category:
1st. Dulce Ramón Sosa with 37 points
2nd. Miriam Muro with 36 points
3rd. Maria Isabel Cabrera with 35 points

First category
1st. Francisco Gonzalez Suárez with 39 points
2nd. Jose Luis García Estrada with 36 points
3rd. José Manuel Hernández Martí with 35 points

Second Category:
1st. John Samuel with 43 points
2nd. Roberto Fiorini with 40 points
3rd. Eduardo Julvez with 39 points

Third category
1st. Werner Schwebke with 36 points
2nd. Rafael Castañeda with 35 points
3rd. Roberto Martin with 33 points

The 2011 Circuit is reaching its climax, there are seven tournaments at Golf Costa Adeje, Golf del Sur, Tecina Golf, Abama Golf, Golf Las Américas, Buenavista Golf and the grand final la gran final at Golf del Sur. For more information go to the web page for the Asociación de Campos de Golf de Tenerife www.isladegolf.com or email to circuito@isladegolf.com

Full results and standings are here Ver todos los resultados and a great range of photos can be found here Ver todas las fotos



Spring Hoteles Tournament

A total of some 130 players turned out to play, on a beautiful Autumn day, in Tenerife at the fantastic golf tournament sponsored by Spring Hoteles who operate the Arona Gran Hotel, the Bitacora and the Vulcano. The venue was the wonderful Golf Las Américas Golf Course where the greens staff pulled out all the stops to get the course in fantastic condition for this Tournament.

On arrival all players were given a goodie bag containing a polo shirt , a cap and golf towel and this was to start off a fantastic day’s golf and fellowship for all the players.

The Arona Gran Hotel supplied the luxurious buffet and drinks at the 9th hole which was a very welcome site to all the players as their pastry chefs had made some fantastic home made pastries and cakes.

With some of the best amateurs in Tenerife, playing competition was stiff. There were3 classifications of males and two female categories. Cat 1 Male was won with 39 points by Alexjandro Grande playing off 3 handicap. Cat 2 Male by Tomas Aramas with 40 points playing off 18 and Cat 3 Male by Andres Guerra with 42 points playing off 20. The girls Cat 1 was won by Maria Jerez with 39 points playing off 11 and Cat 2 winner was Karin Beels with 37 points off 22. A lovely glass trophy was given to each winner and a luxury watch was given to Alexjandro for also winning the top scratch prize.

The prize giving and cocktail party was held at the Arona Gran Hotel later that evening with most of the competitors and their partners coming back to join in the fun and enjoy the lovely food and drink on offer. Spring Hoteles had also organised a fantastic raffle with super prizes, one being a trip to the UK for 2 people and a week’s stay.

Well done to Bernardo, Stanni and Bea from Spring Hoteles and Brendan and Joan from Golf Las Americas for the smooth running of the day and the evening reception… we all had a super day and look forward to next year.


Tenerife Main Golf Tournaments July to October

Here we are almost in July already and the golf tournament scene is hotting up. I have outlined the main golf tournaments in Tenerife and Gomera from now through till early October. I hope to be playing or photographing at many of them and I look forward to seeing you at some venue.
To play in any of the tournaments it’s best to contact the course concerned directly and to this end I have put the course phone numbers at the bottom of the article”¦..
July 2, 2011 ““ V Circuit Tenerife-La Gomera 2nd leg @ Golf del Sur
July 6,2011– Texas scramble in honour of Antonio Tavio @ Amarilla Golf
July 9, 2011 ““ Torneo Cadena Ser @ Abama Golf
July 16, 2011 ““ Memorial tournament in honour of Antonio Tavio @ Amarilla Golf
July 16, 2011 ““ Ingane Yami Children’s Village Charity tournament @ Golf Las Americas
July 23, 2011 ““ Oasis Fm Tournament @ Amarilla Golf
July 23, 2011 ““ Torneo Villa Cortes @ Golf Las Americas
July 30, 2011 ““ V Tournament Aymerich Golf Club @ Golf del Sur
July 30, 2011 ““ V Circuit Tenerife-La Gomera 3rd leg @ Tecina Golf
August 6,2011– Amigolf Tournament @ Amarilla Golf
August 20, 2011 ““ VI Tournament AYMERICH GOLF CLUB @ Golf del Sur
August 20, 2011 ““ V Circuit Tenerife-La Gomera 4th Leg @ Abama Golf
August 27, 2011 ““ Golf Tournament Antoanna-trisomic 21 @ Costa Adeje Golf
August 27, 2011 ““ FAMILY GOLF TECINA
September 3, 2011 ““ V Circuit Tenerife-La Gomera 5th Leg @ Golf Las Americas
September 10, 2011 ““ Circuit Canal + @ Golf Costa Adeje
September 10, 2011 ““ IV Golf Tournament Spring Hotels @ Golf Las Americas
September 11, 2011 ““ Circuit Canal Plus @ Golf Costa Adeje
September 17, 2011 ““ V Circuit Tenerife-La Gomera 6th Leg @ Buenavista Golf
September 24, 2011 ““ VII Tournament AYMERICH GOLF CLUB @ Golf Del Sur
September 24, 2011 ““ Iberostar Anthelia Tournament @ Golf Las Americas
September 28, 2011 ““ 3rd ProAm Fred Olsen 3 º ProAm Challenge Fred Olsen Tecina Golf in Spain
October 1, 2011 ““ V Final Circuit Southern Golf Final
October 8, 2011 ““ SAN MIGUEL IV-AETSAMI TORNEO COSTA @ Golf del Sur
Golf Course Telephone numbers:
Abama Golf 0034 922-126000
Amarilla Golf 0034 922-730 319
Buenavista Golf 0034 922-129034
Golf Costa Adeje 0034 922-710000
Golf Las Americas 0034 922-752005
Golf Del Sur 0034 922-738170

Becky Brewerton Wins the Tenerife Ladies Match Play Tournament

Even for non golf fans day two of the Tenerife Ladies Match Play tournament proved a gripping cliffhanger with Becky Brewerton and Laura Davies, two of Britain’s top golfers, tied after 18 holes and onlookers holding their breath as they waited to see who would prevail.

For 2011, this prestigious addition to the Ladies European Tour moved from last year’s course at Buenavista Golf, beautiful but remote, to the stunning greens of Golf Las Américas where a birdie on the course could just as well mean a swan or an emu as much as playing a hole in one under par.

The Tenerife Ladies Match Play teed off on Thursday with a pro-am tournament which, apart from being fun, allowed the 32 professional golfers to get a lay of the land. Their comments should have Golf Las Américas preening proud as peacocks.

“I like the course. You can hit a lot of drivers out there and there are tiny greens, which I love, because that’s good for the better players,’ commented one of the tournament favourites Becky Brewerton whilst Beth Allen remarked: ‘It’s in really good condition, so I’m impressed. I like it.”

The pro-am tournament was won by England’s Danielle Montgomery. We won’t mention what position Tenerife Magazine’s John Beckley, playing in Spring Hoteles colours, ended up.

Day one of the Match Play tournament saw last year’s winner Trish Johnson knocked out in the unforgiving but exciting matchplay format which sees golfers go head to head in a winner takes all competition. The knock out format was generally given the thumbs up by Europe’s lady golfers who seemed to think it as exciting as us onlookers.

Day 2 of the event drew a juicy head to head battle between Becky Brewerton and Laura Davies, both of whom were tipped as having a good chance of winning the competition. It was a pairing that didn’t disappoint as the 18th hole came and went with both players all square. The exciting play off saw Becky Brewerton show nerves of steel as she pulled off a 12 foot birdie to progress to the next round.

On the final day of the Tenerife Ladies Match Play tournament the eight remaining players – Becky Brewerton (Wales), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Nikki Garrett (Australia), Rebecca Hudson (England), Lydia Hall (Wales), Lee-Ann Pace (South Africa), Frances Bondad (Australia) and Danielle Montgomery (England) – took to the greens on a beautifully sunny Las Américas morning to compete for the glory and €40,000 first place reward.

Becky Brewerton continued to show the form that had taken her through to the final by leading the field by hitting an impressive 3 under after 7 holes with Spain’s young prodigy Carlota Ciganda (in her first pro tournament), Lydia Hall and Nikki Garrett hot on her heels at 1 under par.

By the 17th hole the tension reached nail biting levels with Becky still holding onto the lead at 3 under but with both Rebecca Hudson and Nikki Garrett breathing down her neck at 2 under par.

With the pressure on, Becky kept her cool to hole a birdie on the 18th and finish 4 under. After that all she could do was watch from the sidelines as Nicky Garrett and Carlota Ciganda closed the gap by going 3 under at the 16th and 17th respectively to set up the tensest of finishes to what had been an outstanding tournament.

However, Ciganda putting a ball into the water at the 18th ended the young Spanish player’s chances of catching Becky, leaving Australia’s Nicky Garrett as the only serious threat.
But the birdie required to tie the match proved too elusive resulting in Becky Brewerton being the deserved winner of the Tenerife Ladies Match Play tournament.

Congratulations to Becky and everyone involved with what has been an outstanding tournament in every way.