Jose Matias, Golf Director of Pestana Golf with 'Hickory' Homer

The European Golf Writers Conference, an event held every two years, was hosted from 5-7 May by Pestana Golf at their prestigious golf complex in the Western Algarve.

Seventy members of the international media organisation played at Gramacho and Pinta courses on Saturday and Sunday and then on Monday at the new Silves course, Past Masters Old Links Golf were invited to run a hickory event.



The weather was warm and sunny as the players collected their clubs for a foursomes event with a shotgun start. The winners of the 'Hickory Trophy' were Paul Challen, Chairman of Bill Goff Golf Tours (second from right) and Simon Turner, Bill Goff , Rep Manager (far right) with a score of 32 points, a most creditable performance with such unfamiliar clubs in a difficult format, rarely played these days.




Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were amazed to discover that all the clubs were original, impressed by the standard of their restoration and surprised by the distances that they hit the ball and how good they felt to play with.




David Sutcliffe - Iberia Representative
Past Masters Old Lnks Golf            

Thanks go to Jose Matias, Golf Director at Pestana, and Pestana Golf for staging and sponsoring the event with its usual high standard of organisation and hospitality and a special mention goes to Helder Calaco (far left) whose enthusiasm and commitment were vital to the eventís success.                                                                                                                          
Our special thanks go to Paul Bernhardt, photo-journalist, for donating his time and expertise and providing us with such excellent photographs. 
Based in Portugal, Paul's mobile contact is: +351 919 901 842