Costa del Golf Tour gets off to a flying start in Marbella

Organisers, sponsors and winners at Alcaidesa Golf on Saturday.
Organisers, sponsors and winners at Alcaidesa Golf on Saturday. / J-L
  • Salvador Benítez, Antonio Sánchez and Francesca Robert McCormack were the winners on the opening day of the amateur tour

The course at Alcaidesa, in the Cadiz municipality of San Roque, last Saturday welcomed the first leg of the Costa del Golf tour - one of the biggest amateur tours to take place in Andalucía, organised by SUR and its leading specialist publication Costa del Golf.

Around a hundred players, described by the tour’s director as having a “very high level”, took part in the event, won by Salvador Benítez and Antonio Sánchez in the first and second categories, respectively. Francesca Robert McCormack topped the women’s table.

Juan Manuel Toro, Peter Grutter, Antonio Corral and Antonio Gil made up the rest of the top five in the first category with Raúl López, David Doña, Matías de los Ríos and Manuel Justo doing likewise in the second. Among the female players, Mercedes Espiñeira, María José Vegas, Rosa Risoto and María Victoria Sel made up the rest of the pack.

The tour is played as an individual Stableford points competition and access to the grand final (which takes place at Los Flamingos, in the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella) depends on performance across the three matchdays, though it is still possible to progress having only played in one or two.

Players wishing to take part can still sign up via the Oferplan website ( for the tour’s remaining two stops on24 June and 8 July.

The first will be at Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, which this year will also host the Women’s Open de España, part of the European Tour. The course boast 45 holes in total and opened in 1959, making it one of the oldest on the Costa del Sol.

The second, and final chance to get to the final, will be at Cabopino, also in Marbella.