La Manga Club Golf: The 3rd Pro Am International brings over 50 golfers to La Manga Club
After three days of competition, the team led by Matthew Cort (PGA of GB&I) won the 3rd La Manga Club Pro Am and the same pro, Matthew Cort, was the winner at the 2016 La Manga Club International Pro Am after a final round one-under par 72 at the La Manga Club's South Course. Represented in the third edition of this international golf tournament was Austria, Ireland, Great Britain, Russia, Spain and Italy.
La Manga Club, 18th February 2016. The 2016 La Manga Club International Pro-Am brought together fifty players from countries such as Austria, Ireland, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain and Italy. The competition was played over three days between 15th and 17th February.
North and South Courses
The tournament was fought out on the North and South courses at La Manga Club. The first and last day of the competition were held on the South course, while the North course saw the second day’s action. Due to strong winds, especially during the first day of the tournament, the players were forced to play at their best, not only battling the championship courses but also the elements. Despite the weather, the players were able to enjoy the courses and all the other facilities on offer at La Manga Club. The tournament concluded last night with the awards ceremony.
Golf Tournament: awards and trophies
The European PGA shared out a total amount of 11,000 euros in cash among all the professional players. In addition, there were trophies for the winning team, the winning Pro and prizes for the first three runner-up teams. There were also prizes for ‘Closest to the Pin’ and ‘Longest Drive’ on each day of the competition.
This year’s victorious teams were as follows. In third place the team led by PGA of Czech Republic Proffesional Steve Bradley and amateurs Tony Parrish, Michael Wantulok and Mark Shaw, second place: the team led by Brendan McGovern (PGA of GB&IE) with amateurs Ronan O'Reilly, Jonathan Toms and Marcus Burnley and in first place: team of Matthew Cort, assisted by amateurs Brendan Delaney, Maurice Addison and Gary Britton. The winning Pro was also Matthew Cort from the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland. Cort adds his Pro-Am victory to his previous PGAs of Europe wins in the form of the 2015 Golfbreaks.com Fourball Championship and 2015 PGA Professional Championship of Europe - an excellent hat-trick of wins in just over 13 months. "It's a great complex here at La Manga," said Cort. "Some great courses... it's nice to stay onsite and the hotel's been great and food's been excellent. The weather has been nice with a bit of wind, which made it interesting, but much better than back home so it's a good chance to get some practice in - it's been ideal."
This tournament was managed in collaboration with the European PGA (Professional Golfers Association of Europe) who were responsible for regulating the event, scoring the tournament, course installations, tournament rules and markers.
Golf courses awards
This 3rd La Manga Club Pro Am International was not the first golf tournament to be hosted at La Manga Club this year. A few days earlier, La Manga Club was the venue for the Renault Amateur Golf Circuit tournament, attracting hundreds of amateur golfers to the resort in what is considered to be the largest amateur competition in the history of Spanish golf. In a few months, on 23rd and 24th April, the opening of the Audi Canal+ Tour golf tournament will be held at the resort.
La Manga Club has three 18-hole championship golf courses called The North, South and West Courses. Each of them has their own unique characteristics and challenges. In addition to these fantastic courses, there is an 18-hole Pitch & Putt which was designed by one of the greatest golfers of all time, Severiano Ballesteros.
The continuing commitment to the high standards of these golf courses has meant that La Manga Club, for the fifth consecutive year, has been recognised as the Best Hotel and Golf Resort in Spain by one of the top-selling English golfing magazines, ‘Today's Golfer’. Along the same lines, late last year, La Manga Club also won the prestigious award for Best Golf Hotel in Spain by The World Golf Awards.
The three La Manga Club golf courses recently entered the top 40 golf courses in Spain on the prestigious list of the Top 100 Golf Courses. This guide is used by many amateur and professional golfers alike when deciding which course to play.
The same publication also included the West Course at La Manga Club in the list of the top 100 golf courses in Europe.
Investments in golf
La Manga Club is investing heavily in general improvements around the resort, paying special attention to the golf facilities. Over the last two years, improvements have already been made to the driving range, the 17th hole and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. In the coming months other investments are planned.
At present, the Pro Shop, located at the Clubhouse, is undergoing reforms and the new fully renovated store will be open within day.The new shop has a new more modern look with more space and light.
In addition, the golf department has recently acquired 18 new, state-of-the-art TORO maintenance machines, a first step towards a complete change of machinery. These latest acquisitions are just part of an overall project planned in over the next two years. They will help towards placing La Manga Club golf courses up with the top courses in Europe.