The 13th Andalucía Golf Challenge-Destination PGA Riviera Maya by Bahía Príncipe Circuit now has its five winners: Spaniards Francisco Javier Gavira Padilla and Fernando Guinda Pérez, Dutchman Timo Alenski Van T Zelfde, Norwegian Hans Peter Dalen and Swiss Paskal Koller. For different reasons, two will not be able to enjoy their prizes of magnificent golf trips to the Riviera Maya, so their places to the Caribbean will go to the next qualified players in the corresponding categories: Roberto Ramiro Abril and Norberto Pérez Díaz. Timo Alenski repeated as a winner on the Circuit: last year he also won one of the five trips on offer in the final, on that occasion to the Dominican Republic.

Almenara in Sotogrande, specifically the combination of its Pinos and Lagos nine-hole layouts, was the setting for the Circuit's grand finale, which this year was played at 25 Spanish courses, including the likes of Royal Valderrama, Finca Cortesín, Royal Sotogrande and La Reserva.


Nearly one hundred players, who qualified directly by winning legs of the Circuit or through the Benahavís Ranking (cumulative points based on results in each event), teed up at Almenara, a highly technical and excellently maintained course, with the greens especially in superb condition. At times the wind blew with relative intensity, which made play even more difficult.

A refreshment tent was set up at the ninth hole, delighting participants with a tasting of ham, cheese, fruit, etc.

The grand finale was sponsored in exceptional fashion by Exxacon. With more than 22 years of experience in the real estate sector, the company’s key objective is to create spaces with personality and endowed with the highest quality. Their commitment to and empathy with clients allows them to find ready answers to their needs, so that they can feel proud of their new home. On the Costa del Sol, Exxacon has many varied developments that are fully adapted to the modern times of sustainability and energy savings. Each project is conceived under the Smart Living concept – the new way of living.

In the evening, the gala dinner was held at Barbillón Marbella, an extraordinary beach club right by the sea in the Guadalmina urbanisation, which stands out for its exquisite decoration, the quality of all its facilities and its delicious gastronomy. The setting for the event, a full moon night and a pleasant temperature all helped enhance the gala celebrations, which brought together about 150 people, including players in the final and their companions. A phenomenal cocktail reception preceded the dinner, with guests warmly commenting on its high quality.

The prize-giving ceremony was presided over by Alejandra Méndez of Exxacon, Jesús Porro of, and Luis Navarro and Antonio Sánchez, representing the Andalucía Golf Challenge Circuit organisers.


Scratch winner:

Timo Alenski Van T Zelfde 36 points

Category One:

Timo Alenski Van T Zelfde 36 points

Hans Peter Dalen 35 points

Fernando Guinda Pérez 34 points

Norberto Pérez Díaz 34 points

Category Two: 

Francisco Javier Gavira Padilla 39 points

Pascal Koller 38 points

Roberto Ramiro Abril 37 points

Juan Carlos García Soto 35 points


The Andalucía Golf Challenge-Destination PGA Riviera Maya by Bahía Príncipe is a popular open amateur circuit, organised by Andalucía Golf/España Golf magazine and covering all Andalucian provinces, in addition to other areas of central Spain, with the majority of events being held at top courses on the Costa del Sol.


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.


7 to 14 November 2023


- 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 AIR EUROPA, BENAHAVÍS TOWN HALL, COSTA DEL SOL TOURISM, BAHÍA PRÍNCIPE, GRAN HOTEL GUADALPÍN BANÚS, VIVIENDO DEL TRADING and MARBELLA TOWN HALL. The main collaborators are Fairway+blue, D.O. Somontano, IdeaTerrazas and Holiday Golf Estates. Cadena SER and Andalucía Golf/España Golf magazine are the Circuit's official media outlets.


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