Armitage Seals the Deal
Marcus Armitage cemented his place in The Madeira Islands Open with some spectacular golf, especially in the first round when he blazed around the Castro Marim course in a blemish free 8 under par 64 to take a slender 2 shot lead into the second day.
Hot on the heels of Armitage was Belgian Challenge Tour player Hugues Joannes who compiled an interesting 6 under par 66 to head the chasing pack that included Aaron Rai on 3 under par and the former British Amateur Champion Garrick Porteous, who put together a solid 2 under par round of 70.
Castro Marim winner, Marcus Armitage
A very rare bird was spotted on the par 4 ninth hole when Matthew Moseley holed in one for an Albatross to win a special €100 bonus prize. Drinks all round!!!!!
The second day started in glorious sunshine and as the day developed it became apparent that Marcus Armitage was in control of the tournament after Joannes stumbled out in 2 over par compared to the 3 under par of Armitage.
An Eagle on the very testing twelfth hole saw Armitage increase his lead of seven shots but only by just the one shot after Joannes made Birdie.
Armitage made his only slip of the tournament on the thirteenth where he took a nasty double bogey 7 to give Joannes a glimmer of hope but even though Joannes birdied the sixteenth and seventeenth he could only reduce the deficit to 4 shots as Armitage parred the last to win comfortably.
Tiago Cruz added a fine 4 under par 68 to his first round 71 to head the Portuguese challenge alongside Pedro Figueiredo who came back with a 5 under par 67 to limit the damage of a disappointing 73 in the first round.
We now head to Quinta do Vale for the penultimate tournament in the final swing and again there is a strong Challenge Tour presence as players warm up for The Madeira Islands Open with some competitive practice.
Please note we are aware that the Par of the course for the first round is incorrect and that the players scores to par are wrong, but the totals are correct.