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A great end to the Costa del Golf Tour

Family photo of those involved with the Costa del Golf Tour.
Family photo of those involved with the Costa del Golf Tour. / Antonio Paz
  • More than 200 players took part in the final at the Real Club de Guadalmina on Saturday

  • This was the fifth year that this amateur tour, organised by SUR and its specialist golf publication, had taken place

The grand final of the Costa del Golf Tour at the Real Club de Guadalmina proved to be a truly intensive day of golf. This tournament has already become a benchmark in the world of amateur golf, and an unmissable event every summer. Now in its fifth year, it is organsed by SUR and its specialist publication Costa del Golf, and more than 200 players took part in this year's grand final on Saturday.

The day began early and was marked by a strong westerly wind. The course was in impeccable condition, and everyone was looking forward to a day of amateur golf which has all the lure of a professional event. As well as those who had classified in the previous rounds, there was also a special category with the name of 'Amigos de SUR', for those who had registered through Oferplan and members of the club itself.

Francisco Gómez, the technical director of the Costa del Golf Tour, said afterwards that there had been a great atmosphere between the different participants and that the grass and the course in general were in perfect condition. He also congratulated the players for their performance, especially in the strong wind.

In the first category, Daniel Palma Quintana was the winner on the day, while José Antonio Benítez Domínguez and Antonio Arjona Marín completed the podium with second and third place, respectively.

In the second category, Antonio Grau Gómez led the ranking, with Damián Serrano and Francisco J. Muñoz Blázquez coming second and third.

The women's category was hard-fought right to the end. Finally, Patricia V. Thiele Rico took first place, while Rosa Quintana González and Francine Giussepone joined her on the podium in second and third place.

The 'Amigos de SUR' category also provided a stunning day's golf, with a fantastic performance by the players who took the top three places, Javier Mezquita Zurutuza, Fernando Guitérrez Torres and Álvaro Fernández Molina, respectively.

Los Arqueros, El Paraíso, Alcaidesa Links and Cabopino Golf had hosted the classifying rounds prior to the grand final at Guadalmina, which was inaugurated in 1959 and is the second oldest course on the Costa del Sol.

The final day was an excellent end to a very special edition of this tournament, which broke all records for participation in all categories, included one more leg than usual and was celebrating its fifth anniversary. Thanks to this initiative by SUR, this tournament is now a benchmark for fans of amateur golf and it takes place every summer on some of the best courses in Andalucía.

As usual, the day of the grand final ended quite late due to the number of players taking part. The prizegiving began at approximately 9.30pm , and was attended by representatives of SUR, including sales director Jorge Artero and Pilar Perea, who is the head of the external relations department.

The Costa del Golf Tour will return next summer, and will undoubtedly bring new surprises.