Once again this year, Royal Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club showcased its exceptional credentials as a top tournament venue when hosting the latest leg of the Andalucía Golf Challenge Circuit.
This is the 11th year of the annual circuit, which offers the main prize of five week-long trips to the Mexican Caribbean, covering flights, transfers, all-inclusive five-star accommodation, and golf at three of the finest courses in the Caribbean: PGA Riviera Maya, El Camaleón Mayakoba and Playa Paraiso.
Sunny weather, a moderate wind and temperatures of around 24 degrees ensured the 120 players competing in the tournament could enjoy the full splendour of the magnificent Mar y Pinos course – designed by Seve Ballesteros and located in an incomparable natural setting next to one of the finest beaches in Spain, La Barrosa.
Halfway through the round, on one of the clubhouse terraces, players were able to regroup and renew their strength with a tasty snack. Another highlight of the day was the work carried out by club director Rafael Hernández Alcalá, who made sure everything went well, and his team, with a special mention to Odalis, head of tournaments, and the staff in charge of serving refreshments and delivering welcome packs to the players.
The prize draw was carried out virtually, with the host club director announcing the names of the winners. Watch the video here.
As for the results, the top three players in category one were Manuel Dúctor Jiménez (40 points), Borja García Sangra (39) and Borja Nieto Aguirre (38).
Leading the way in category two was Miguel Iribarren Cavalle (42 points), followed by Alfredo Serrano Romero (40) and Andre Hoefert (39).
The scratch winner was Alfonso de Andrés Castro (35 points), and the special prizes went to Bruno Antoñanza for closest to the pin and Alejandra Aguirre and Alfonso de Andrés Castro for longest drive.
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As with the previous two editions, the circuit – which is organised by Andalucía Golf/España Golf magazine – offers the winners trips to the Caribbean with the Pinero Group. Apart from prizes in each tournament (top-brand clothing from the Fairway + Blue boutique in Puerto Banús, wine from Bodegas Lau D.O. Somontano and golf products from Holiday Golf Group), the winners of both categories and the scratch winner secure places in the grand finale at Marbella Golf Resort on 2 October, followed by a gala dinner at El Gamonal Restaurant in Marbella, and the chance to win one of the five week-long trips to Riviera Maya. The rest of the places are awarded based on a ranking of points obtained in events played by those taking part.
The trip to Riviera Maya is planned for 5 to 13 November. On Saturday the 6th, the winners will play at PGA Riviera Maya, on Sunday the 7th they will visit Mayakoba to view the last round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic (a US PGA Tour event), on Monday the 8th there will be a round of golf at Playa Paraiso, Tuesday the 9th has been left free, golf will resume on Wednesday the 10th at Mayakoba El Camaleón (three days after the tour pros have been competing there), Thursday the 11th will also be a free day, and on Friday the 12th another round will be played at PGA Riviera Maya – before the return flight that night to Spain.
We appreciate the support of our sponsors: the hotel chain Bahía Príncipe (www.bahiaprincipe.com); the course that is our golfing base for the week, PGA Riviera Maya (www.pgarivieramaya.com), SANITAS (www.sanitas.es), Viviendo del Trading (www.viviendodeltrading.com) and Mijas Town Hall (www.mijas.es).
Also our collaborators: Holiday Golf, Holiday Golf Estates, Bodegas Laus D.O. Somontano, El Gamonal Restaurant, Fairway + Blue, Cadena SER and Marbella Town Hall.
Destination PGA Riviera Maya Bahía Príncipe
The grand final will decide the winners of five all-inclusive one-week trips to the Bahía Príncipe resort in Riviera Maya (Luxury Akumal Hotel), with golf rounds at PGA Riviera Maya, El Camaleón Mayakoba and Playa Paraíso. The top two players in each category and the scratch winner of the final – to be played at Marbella Club Golf Resort on 2 October– will travel to the Mexican Caribbean.
Planned Travel Dates
5 to 13 November 2021
- Return flights from Málaga or Madrid to Cancún
- Transfers from airport to hotel and return
- All-inclusive accommodation at Bahía Principe Luxury Akumal
- Golf at PGA Riviera Maya, El Camaleón Mayakoba and Playa Paraíso