Once again, the Andalucía Golf Challenge Circuit tournament at Azata Golf was such a resounding success that the “sold-out” sign had to be raised in advance, with late-comers unable to fulfil their wishes to compete at this magnificent Costa del Sol course. At stake were numerous prizes and three places for the Circuit final, where the winners of five exceptional trips to the Riviera Maya will be decided.
Although the day was threatened with rain, and it did in fact rain lightly until an hour before the start of the tournament, the sun eventually shone throughout the day. The wind did make an appearance, but with minimal disruption.
After the competition, a meal that was – as always at this club – magnificent included “fabes” (Asturian-style beans) for starters, pork cheeks for the main course and a tasty dessert.
As for the tournament itself, the scratch winner was (interestingly) one of last year’s five winners of the trip to the Caribbean: Dutchman Timo Aleski van T Zelfde. Juan Luis Torres Polvoreda won category one, followed by Georges D'Anthes; and in category two victory was sealed by Borja Cabrera Amian, with Jose Antonio Valadez Quirós in second place.
In addition to prizes for the top three in each category and the scratch winner, there were two special prizes for closest to the pin, sponsored by IdeaTerrazas, on the 10th and 15th holes, which were won, respectively, by Diego Mena and Jorge Prados.
(PHOTO GALLERY AT THE END OF THIS TOURNAMENT REPORT)
The Azata event was the second of 30 or so tournaments scheduled to be held during the 13th edition of this hugely popular open amateur circuit, organised by Andalucía Golf/España Golf magazine. The Circuit will cover most Andalucian provinces, in addition to other areas of central Spain, with the majority of events being held on the Costa del Sol.
The Circuit’s grand finale, which will decide the five winners of trips to the Mexican Caribbean, will be held at Almenara on 30 September, followed by a gala dinner at Gran Hotel Guadalpín Banús.
Access to the final will be direct for the winners of each category and the leading scratch player in all the qualifying tournaments, while the rest of the places in the final will be awarded based on the Benahavís Ranking, calculated from points obtained in each leg.
The next event will be on 11 March at La Monacilla, designed by José María Olazábal, in Huelva province.
DESTINATION PGA RIVIERA MAYA by BAHÍA PRÍNCIPE
The grand finale of the circuit will decide the five winners of one-week all-inclusive trips to the Bahía Príncipe resort in Riviera Maya, with golf at PGA Riviera Maya, El Camaleón Mayakoba and Playa Paraíso. The top two finishers in each category and the scratch winner in the final, to be played on 30 September at Almenara, will travel to the Mexican Caribbean.
PLANNED DATE FOR THE TRIP
28 October to 4 November 2023
The PRIZE INCLUDES:
- Flights from Málaga or Madrid to Cancun (round trip)
- Transfers between the airport and hotel
- All-inclusive accommodation at the 5-star Grand Tulum Bahía Príncipe hotel
- Golf at PGA Riviera Maya, El Camaleón Mayakoba and Playa Paraíso
The Circuit is sponsored by Benahavís Town Hall, Turismo Costa del Sol, Bahía Príncipe, Gran Hotel Guadalpín Banús, Vivienda del Trading and Marca Marbella. The main collaborators are Holiday Golf Estates, Fairway+blue and D.O. Somontano. Cadena SER and Andalucía Golf/España Golf magazine are the Circuit's official media outlets.
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Costa del Sol Tourism and Planning is a public-owned company operating under the auspices of the Málaga provincial government (Diputación) and whose main objective is to promote the province as a tourist destination and to support economic growth, by designing and undertaking projects at the service of private companies and public entities. It is dedicated to providing professional consultancy, advice and services in the following areas: tourist and business development, tourist and territorial planning, new technologies and modernisation of the tourism industry, and tourism marketing. It is a technical instrument set up for departments of the Diputación and municipalities, municipal authorities, associations and other public or private organisations associated with the development of Málaga province.
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