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Inaugural Pro-Am a resounding success
January 21, 2011 , Europe's largest golf travel company, hosted its inaugural 2011 Pro-Am event at Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort in the Algarve, Portugal, where teams from Ireland, Scotland, England and The Azores battled it out for the top prize.
The Pro-Am competition that ran from January 13th-16th, 2011, was won by Simon Lilly, PGA Professional at Wellingborough Golf Club, and his team - father-and-son pair, Mike and Pete Kemble, members of Woburn Golf Club in Buckinghamshire, and Sonning Golf Club owner, Stuart Crossley.
On winning, Simon Lilly commented: "All the elements seemed to fall into place during 's first 2011 Pro-Am event. We were very fortunate with the weather - the blue skies and warm weather presented perfect scoring conditions, the course was in superb condition, and our team played really well together. We are extremely happy to come back with the top prize."
Simon Lilly continued: "I have played in many seven-day Pro-Am events and have to say the four day/three round Pro-Am format that has launched certainly opens up these types of competitions to more people, especially those with families and small children. I imagine these Pro-Am events are more attractive and convenient for a lot of busy professionals, as it means less time away from work."
Jim Long, Director of PGA Relations at added: "Last week's (Jan 13-16) Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Pro-Am event was a resounding success. We had teams from Ireland, Scotland, England and even The Azores doing battle over the stunning championship golf courses of San Lorenzo and Pinheiros Altos.
"The weather was fantastic and everyone loved our new three round Pro-Am format, which ran from the Thursday night when teams arrived for a welcome dinner to the Sunday afternoon when the tournament closed and competitors were either able to make their way home for work on the Monday or stayed on for an extra night."
Jim concluded: "There is no doubt this new format is the perfect fit for short haul overseas Pro-Ams and today's busy golfer, and we are very much looking forward to the upcoming Pro-Ams scheduled for March at the Spanish resorts of Emporda and La Cala.
With joint sponsorship for each Pro-Am from Bushnell, Golfbidder and Bollé, dates for upcoming ProAm events include:
Date: March 3rd - 6th, 2011
Destination: 4* Emporda Golf Hotel and Resort, Costa Brava, Spain
Courses: Links & Forest
Price: From £615/€740
PGA pro goes FREE
Date: March 31st - April 3rd, 2011
Destination: 5* La Cala Golf Resort and Spa, Spain
Courses: Asia, America and Europa
Price: From £649/€777
PGA pro goes FREE
* All prices above are per amateur, based on two sharing unless otherwise stated and include three nights' B&B and three rounds of tournament golf, as well as a welcome dinner and awards lunch with drinks. Prices are subject to change due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates. Where a Pro is part of a four-ball, the Pro goes for free. Flights are not included. Prize fund based on 25 teams per Pro-Am. Additional nights stay from only £35/€42 per person per night with Pros going free with their team. See for full terms and conditions.

For more information about the Pro-Am series and/or to book your place on one of the upcoming events, please log onto or email or call +44 (0)1753 754355.

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