The 11th Andalucía Golf Challenge-Destination PGA Riviera Maya Circuit concluded its April schedule at Royal Sevilla Golf, with another exciting tournament and a resoundingly successful level of participation.
No fewer than 165 players gathered at the award-winning course designed by José María Olazábal, a long and demanding layout that richly deserves its listing as one of the finest in Spain. Over the years it has been the venue for such top-level international competitions as the 2004 World Cup, 2009 Andalucian Open and 2008, 2010 and 2012 Spanish Open. Fortunately, good weather accompanied the Andalucía Golf Challenge tournament, which escaped the dreaded rains forecast from the beginning of the week.
Worthy of special mention was the performance of scratch winner Javier Rodríguez-Tabernero Torres, who carded three birdies and no bogeys to tally 39 stableford scratch points.
Pablo Rodríguez-Tabernero, Javier's brother, is the professional at PGA Ocean's 4, owned by the Piñero Group and its Bahía Príncipe chain, and one of the courses that welcomed last year’s winners of the Andalucía Golf Challenge Circuit when they travelled to the Dominican Republic.
Javier will now have the opportunity of winning a trip to its Mexican counterpart, Bahía Príncipe PGA Riviera Maya, when the 2021 grand finale is played at Marbella Club Golf Resort on 2 October.
Meanwhile, back at Royal Sevilla, the top player in category one was Carlos Vidal Moyano (41 points), followed by Jesús Sánchez Calvete (also 41) and Teodosio Iglesias Liñan (40). In category two, Pedro Manuel Rubio Otaño (44 points) led the way, while Francisco Javier Haro Alarcón and Charles J. Allkins (both 43) were second and third, respectively. FULL RESULTS
As for the special prizes, closest to the pin went to Javier López-Esparza, and the longest drive winners were Jose Manuel Contreras Domínguez (men) and Marta Ayala Orellana (women).
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Royal Sevilla was the fifth of 25 scheduled tournaments that will make up the 11th edition of this open amateur circuit organised by Andalucía Golf/España Golf magazine. Between March and October, the circuit is being held in the Andalucian provinces of Málaga, Cádiz, Huelva, Almería, Sevilla and Granada, as well as in Madrid and Segovia, with most of the events taking place on the Costa del Sol.
The grand finale, which will decide the five winners of trips to the Mexican Caribbean, will be held at Marbella Club Golf Resort on 2 October, followed by a gala dinner at El Gamonal Restaurant in Marbella.
Access to the final will be secured directly by the scratch winner of each tournament, while the rest of the places will be awarded based on a ranking of points obtained in each event, comprising the best six results tallied throughout the circuit schedule (no minimum number of events has to be played).
The circuit’s sponsors are Sanitas, Viviendo del Trading, Bahía Príncipe Golf, Bahía Príncipe Hotels & Resorts and Bahía Príncipe Residences; and the collaborators, Holiday Golf, Fairway + Blue, Bodega Laus and Marbella Town Hall. Cadena SER and Andalucía Golf/España Golf magazine are the official media.
The next events will be on 8 May at Santa Clara Golf Granada and 16 May at Zaudin Golf.
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, Playa Paraíso and Gran Coyote. 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
29 October to 5 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, Playa Paraíso and Gran Coyote.