The stunning Finca Cortesín – venue for three editions of the Volvo World Match Play Championships and host of the 2023 Solheim Cup – once again held a 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 westerly wind and not overly-excessive temperatures accompanied the players teeing up at this renowned course managed by Francisco de Lancastre. It is worth highlighting the effusive and unanimous praise that the participants dedicated to the superb state of the course, especially the Bermuda greens, as well as the attention and service provided by the Finca Cortesín staff, unquestionably among the best to be found at a golf club in Spain.
After the competition and before the prize ceremony and gifts raffle, those taking part enjoyed an excellent cocktail reception. Presiding over the prize ceremony was Rocío Sánchez Clavijo, second in charge at the golf club, who did a great job looking after the players and overseeing the tournament organisation.
As for the results, the top three players in category one were Francisco Sánchez Gárate (34 points), Álvaro Guillén Benjumea (34) and Regina Cano Urbano (33).
Leading the way in category two was María Herrero Pinto (40 points), followed by Ramón Bestue Salinas (38) and Pedro Gómez Martínez (36).
The scratch winner was Thomas Doyle (26 points), and the special prizes went to Carlos Abia Posadas for closest to the pin and Ana María López Moya and David Carretero Castillo 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 6 to 14 November. Two rounds will be played at PGA Riviera Maya, one at Mayakoba (after the conclusion of the Mayakoba Classic on the PGA Tour) and another at Playa Paraíso.
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 (Bahía Príncipe Grand Tulum***** 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
6 to 14 November 2021
- Return flights from Málaga or Madrid to Cancún
- Transfers from airport to hotel and return
- All-inclusive accommodation at Bahía Príncipe Grand Tulum*****
- Golf at PGA Riviera Maya, El Camaleón Mayakoba and Playa Paraíso