A full field of 68 women golfers with disabilities competed in the EDGA Algarve Open and Women’s Cup in Pestana Vila Sol, Portugal.
At the latest EDGA event, golfers from 13 countries with a range of physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities gathered at the 5-star resort in Vilamoura to participate in the two-day championship (19-20 November).
On the difficult but beautiful course of Vila Sol, there were excellent scores despite the sometimes unusual winds. Frenchman Charles-Henri Quelin clocked exemplary rounds of 75 and 72, for a total of +3, to win the EDGA Algarve Open Gross title in style, by six strokes over Englishman Brad Smith and Swede Rasmus Lia in third .
Dutchwoman Daphne van Houten was the pre-tournament favorite to win the raw EDGA Women’s Cup title, which she accomplished by registering strong innings of 85 and 83. In second place was England’s Aimi Bullock and the third was the exciting prospect of 16-year-old Heather Gilks. England participating in its first international EDGA tournament.
Vladimir Frinta of the Czech Republic is a well-deserved and announced winner of the Stableford division of the EDGA Algarve Open. Pavel Truhlar in third and Englishman William Hennessey in fourth.