EARLY LEADER MATTHEW CORT COULD NOT BE CAUGHT OVER THREE DAYS ON HIS WAY TO WINNING
THE FOURTH INVITATIONAL PRO AM
Matthew Cort a 43-year English professional based at the Beedles Lakes course in Leicestershire dominated the scoreboard for all three days of the fourth edition of The Invitational Pro-am.
Staged at the prestigious Quinta do Lago resort in Portgual and now an established feature on the PGA of Europe’s annual itinerary The Invitational has two separate features.
There is the 54-hole professional tournament combined with a three round betterball pro-am on Quinta’s North, South and Laranjal courses which all offer golfers and exciting challenge.
Cort, however, set the pace by shooting a six under par 66 on the first day at the North Course and building on such a strong foundation he followed up with a pair of two under 70s and his ten under total for the week provided him with two shot margin of victory.
“I am thrilled to win…we’ve played three great courses this week and we’ve been so well looked after,” said the member of the victorious PGA of GB&I PGA Cup team earlier this year.
“I’ve been busy playing throughout the summer and the PGA Cup was unbelievable…I was settling down for a bit of a winter break, but coming out here and keeping the game together was good, so I’m really pleased to win this week.”
Rising seven places up the leaderboard into second position was the PGA of France’s Julien Gressier after a four-under 68 consisting of seven birdies and three bogeys for his eight-under total (208).
Just one shot back was PGA EuroPro Tour Professional, John Henry, who closed his consistent week with a level par 72 and a total of seven-under (209) for sole third place.
The Team Pro-Am was won by the PGA of Italy’s Emanuele Canonica and his partner, Allegra Mangifesta. A closing 59 (-13), the low round of the day, gave Canonica and Mangifesta a significant boost to -35 (181), five shots clear of the field
Robbie Busher (PGA EuroPro Tour) and Dale Brennan had led overnight and were able to make a final 66 (-6). While it was not enough to catch the ultimate winners, they were able to finish on a hugely respectable -30 (186).
Third position went to the pairs of PGA of Spain Professional, Peter Gustafsson, and Gordana Solak, and former Walker Cup player, Owen Edwards, and Paul Faithfull both with 193 points (-23).