It was another successful team event for Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen, this time teaming up with Lucas Bjerregaard and claiming victory at the first ever GolfSixes event on the European Tour.

Denmark had finished second in Group A on Saturday, with them then coming out victors against France and Italy in the quarter and semi-final matches.

It was a tight final match with a birdie on the third hole, giving Australia a 1-0 lead. But it was no surprise when Denmark came back and won the final three holes to be crowned the inaugural GolfSixes champions, with a 3-1 win over Australia.

“It’s gone pretty well for me in team events recently,” added Olesen. “I don’t know if I’m a lucky charm. I feel like I’ve had good partners, as well.”

“I was hoping for a win but Lucas played great, especially these last six holes. I was struggling a little bit.

“It’s been fantastic. Team Denmark has got a lot of support, so we’re really happy with that.”

“It’s been a very intense couple of days. Feels like you’ve played 72 holes or even more. Six holes, it’s very intense match play, playing only six holes and every shot really counts.”

Congratulations to Thorbjørn and Lucas on their fantastic win!

Team Portugal

Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia and José-Filipe Lima cruised into the knockout stages of the GolfSixes with another dominant win in the second round of matches at the Centurion Club.

They had made five birdies in a 4-0 win over Wales in the first round of matches and made three more in another 4-0 victory over Australia to guarantee progression from Group C.

Unfortunately, they were beaten by Scotland at the quarter-final stages, 3-0, after the Scotsmen made two birdies and an eagle to claim victory and progress to the semi-finals.

It was a fantastic weekend for Ricardo and José and they both go on to play in their home open this week, at the Open de Portugal.

Quinta do Lago, one of the most desired addresses in Europe, has announced its new multi-year partnership with Portugal’s highest ever ranked European Tour golfer, Ricardo Gouveia.

Gouveia will be the Quinta do Lago ambassador for the company. The relationship between Quinta Do Lago and Gouveia goes back many years as his family house is located on the grounds of Laranjal, one of the Quinta Do Lago golf courses. When in Portugal, Gouveia has always used Quinta Do Lago as his base for practice.

In 2016, Ricardo finished his maiden European Tour season at 54th on the Race To Dubai, comfortably retaining his card for the 2017 season. He had a T7 finish at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, T8 at the Made in Denmark, T13 at the Turkish Airlines Open and the highlight of the year being a T3 finish at the Nedbank Golf Challenge enabling Ricardo to play at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Gouveia also represented Portugal at the Rio Olympic games and again at the World Cup at the end of the year in Melbourne.

‘Quinta do Lago is one of the most recognised golf resorts in the world and for me to partner with them is a huge honour. As a Portuguese player, to be an ambassador for this resort with 3 amazing golf courses, fantastic practice facilities and beautiful properties, is something that I am extremely proud of. The relationship between Quinta do Lago and my family is extremely important to me and I look forward to showcasing the Quinta do Lago brand on the International Golfing Stage,” said Gouveia.

“Sean Moriarty, chief executive at Quinta do Lago, said: “To have Portugal’s highest-ever ranked golfer as Quinta do Lago’s partner is indeed a very special privilege for us. The fact that Ricardo grew up on the same piece of land where our Laranjal course is makes it even more special. We’re looking forward to seeing Ricardo around the resort, and making full use of our superb golf facilities”.

Quinta do Lago is a unique destination where stunning golf courses and grand villas blend with green umbrella pines, the tranquility of lakes, the beauty of sandy beaches and the wildlife from the Ria Formosa Natural Park. It also boasts one of the finest practice facilities in Europe. With its state of the art driving range, Paul McGinley Academy and TaylorMade Custom Fitting Centre providing the ultimate practice experience.

 

The seventh day of November, is one that Ricardo Gouveia definitely isn’t going to forget for a long time, as he finished off a stunning season with a gutsy victory at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, which also led him to capturing the Road to Oman and Challenge Tour No. 1 title. His double victory wrote history in the European Challenge tour books, as he finished his year with the highest total earnings for a season ever, pipping Edoardo Molinari by a mere 8,612.

With his 2016 European Tour card safely secured, he was under absolutely no obligation to travel to the other side of the globe to play in the penultimate event of the year, The Foshan Open. But this Portuguese native wasn’t just satisfied with having his full card for next year – he wanted it all!

With the thoughts of other players having the opportunity to scoop up ranking points and gaining ground on him in his bid to capture the Road to Oman title, Gouveia did not take the week off. He went and played this event and finished strongly in a tie for third place.

2015 had been a flawless season for Gouveia: 11 top tens from 17 starts, only one missed cut and a victory in the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour tournament. But could he claim the double and cement his place as the Challenge Tour’s number one player for 2015?

Having shot a +4 (76) in round 3 of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, staged at the beautiful Almouj golf, The Wave, it looked as if maybe he had lost his momentum. However, he was only 1 shot back from Sweden’s Jens Dantorp. The front nine of the closing round for Gouveia saw him shoot a -2 (36), steady, but he was not where he wanted to be – top of the leaderboard. It was now or never for the Portuguese player if he wanted to complete his dream double.

A gentleman both on and off the course, it was time for him to use his raw desire to win, to dig deep and produce the golf that was needed to claim victory. He got his rhythm back in the middle of his round, when his putter saw red and held 5 putts for five straight birdies, beginning on the 12th hole. He shot seven under par in his closing round, setting the clubhouse target at 13 under, one that could not be matched by another player in the field.

‘I saw on the tenth tee that I was a bit far back and then after birdies on 12, 13 and 14 I saw the leaderboard on 15 and I was one ahead, then one more birdie on 16 put me two ahead at that point. Then on 18 I saw the big leaderboard to see what I needed on the last and just holed a beautiful putt.’

The 2015 Challenge Tour season was purely about Ricardo. He captured the Road to Oman title, NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge tour event. He is now ranked the highest Portuguese golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings at 84th, having catapulted himself 313 spots higher than he was this time last year. He has also tied Edoardo Molinari as the joint highest ranked European Challenge tour player ever.

With a full status 2016 European Tour card in his back pocket and playing the golf of his life, the world is now his oyster. Gouveia has well and truly conquered the European Challenge tour and is on to bigger and better things next year.

We at Hambric Sports Group are so proud of your achievements Ricardo, and cannot wait to see you compete next year on the big stage – The European Tour!

Ricardo Gouveia stormed to a second European Challenge Tour title at the AEGEAN Airlines Challenge Tour by Hartl Resort courtesy of a flawless final day performance which earned him a four-stroke victory on the Beckenbauer Course in Bad Griesbach.

The 26 year old began the day two shots off the lead set by South African Dean Burmester but a four under par 67 moved him to 15 under for the tournament, earning a first title of a remarkably consistent 2015 season and moving him to second in the Road to Oman Rankings.

His maiden victory came in Rome after just seven appearances and, while it was not enough to earn graduation to The European Tour at the conclusion of the 2014 season, he has returned this year an even bigger force to be reckoned with. Gouveia is the only player in the top 15 to have made it to the weekend in every event he has played thus far and seven top 20 finishes in eight events suggested it was only a matter of time before a second career title adorned his trophy cabinet.

He did it in nerveless fashion and he was delighted to double his win tally on Europe’s top developmental tour.

“It feels great to win again on this very competitive tour,” said Gouveia, who had his brother Tomas on the bag all week. “To win once is really good but to win twice is even better because it proves that I have the capability to win more than once. I’m just really happy.”

Congratulations Ricardo from all of us at Hambric Sports, we are absolutely thrilled for you!

Ricardo Gouveia claimed his maiden European Challenge Tour title in dramatic fashion as the Portuguese defeated Germany’s Florian Fritsch in the third play-off hole to win the EMC Golf Challenge Open in just his seventh event as a professional.

The 23 year old only turned professional in July before making his debut in the paid ranks at the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge, after a glittering amateur career in the American collegiate ranks where he studied at the University of Central Florida.

“I cannot even describe how good I feel right now,” said Gouveia, who moved to 49th in the Challenge Tour Rankings from 167th.

Congratulations Ricardo from all at Hambric Sports. We are very proud of you!

Check out the action from the last day on the below link courtesy of the European Tour.

http://www.europeantour.com/challengetour/players/playerid=40063/video-audio/videoid=238111.html