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Ricardo Santos is first Portuguese winner of Rookie of the Year
December 12, 2012

Ricardo Santos has rewritten history becoming the first ever Portuguese winner of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award 2012. This follows a successful season for the player who won the Madeira Islands Open on the scenic Santo da Serra course, a course he played many times as a junior.

Winning on Portuguese soil with a superb final round of 63, the lowest final round score by a winner during the 2012 season, was a childhood dream come true for Santos, who was born and raised in a home adjacent to the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in the Algarve.

Ricardo Santos commented: "It's an honour to become the first Portuguese player to win the Rookie of the Year award. When you look at some of the players who have won the award in the past, it's a real privilege to see my name next to theirs on the trophy. It's been an amazing season, and to end it winning the award is more than I could have dreamed of."

Santos is only the second Portuguese player to win on the International Schedule, Daniel Silva winning the Jersey Open more than 20 years ago, being the first. Beating off the competition from England's Matthew Baldwin and Spain's George Campillo, Santos dedicated the award to his wife and coach. 

This most recent accolade comes at a successful time for Portugal's golfing industry, which has won a number of exciting awards; including being named Europe's Leading Golf Destination at the world Travel Awards and winning Short Haul Destination of the Year for Golf Holidays at the Selling Long Haul, Travel Agents Choice Awards. 

Portugal is an ideal location for golf lovers with over 70 courses of varying difficulty to choose from. Owing to the quality of the courses and the facilities available, Portugal regularly hosts major tournaments, including the annual Portugal Masters, due to take place from 10th - 13th October 2013. 

For more information about golfing holidays in Portugal visit www.visitportugalgolf.com

For more information about Portugal visit www.visitportugal.com




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