2009 Walker Cup member and 2014 Kazakhstan Open winner, Sam Hutsby won the Penina Classic by a single shot from the Open Championship Silver Medal winner Sam Locke in an exciting finish over the Penina Championship course.
The first-round lead was held by Paul McBride with a fine 6 under par 67 which gave him a slender one-shot lead over Hutsby, Craig Lawrie and Alfredo Curbishley who each scored 5 under par 68’s.
The second round was a tightly contested affair between, Hutsby, Lawrie, Locke and McBride after Curbishley’s challenge was de-railed with a double bogey on the ninth.
As the day wore on the battle for the lead condensed down to the back nine holes with Hutsby, Lawrie, McBride and Locke all tied up at 5 under par the final result would be decided with a birdie shoot-out on the back nine.
With Lawrie making two birdies, McBride with three but also a bogey on the sixteenth, Locke making three it was Hutsby with a birdie on the eleventh and three in the last four holes who clinched the championship and his first win on the Portugal Pro Golf Tour
The Penina Resort course was in excellent condition and with a warm welcome from all the staff it was a pleasure for us to hold our tournament there and we would certainly recommend it to all golfers visiting the Algarve.