Redskins tee it up in Algarve

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22 Years ago a group of Portuguese gentlemen in Cape Town enjoyed rounds of social golf together. Having Portuguese roots in common with a strong love for golf, these men decided to take their romance one step further by emulating a social golf group that was formed a few years earlier in Johannesburg.

Their first AGM was held at the Vasco da Gama Football Club in Parow and Redskins Social Golf Club Cape Town was borne in 1993.

Left to Right: Tour Organisers - Manny Rodrigues and Gus Rafael, Tour Winner - Mario Das Neves
Left to Right: Tour Organisers – Manny Rodrigues and Gus Rafael, Tour Winner – Mario Das Neves

The idea of being a member of the Redskins Golf was to get Portuguese golfers together in Cape Town on a monthly basis to play golf together at all the beautiful courses the Cape had to offer. For golfers who were not members at a club, the Redskins offered them an avenue for them to keep track of their handicaps and discounted green fees.

Redskins Golf Cape Town has a Constitution in place with a fully functional committee who meet monthly to discuss outings, finances and general issues. There are currently over 50 active members who will all compete for the 3 competitions the Redskins hold annually namely, The Order of Merit, Matchplay and Club Championship. The youngest member is 21 whilst our most mature golfer stands at 75!

In the first time of the club’s history their annual tour took place in Algarve, Portugal this year in June. This was by no means an easy task getting 30 golfers over to Portugal! Hard work and preparation coupled by meticulous planning by Gus Rafael and Manny Rodrigues, ensured that this was going to be the tour of all tours.

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The tour was played over 5 days in Algarve and the format of the competition was Singles Stableford. The Pro-am was played at Vale do Lobo Ocean and the seedings were set for the following 4 days of competition. The courses that were played were Vale do Lobo Royal, Oceanico Millinnium, Quinta do Lago North and Oceanico Victoria.

The competition was tough and the sun showed off in all its majesty. The courses were in mint condition and tee off times were late enabling the players to have sufficient rest the evening before. The winner of the tour was Mario Das Neves with a staggering 139 points followed by Wayne Hart in second place on 133 points and Marc de Freitas in third place with 132 points.

The tour was an absolute success and plans are in the pipelines to do a tour to Madeira in the near future.

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