GLENMUIR AND ASBRI GOLF TEAM UP TO SUPPORT PGA’s OF EUROPE INTERNATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS…

Scotland based Glenmuir, one of Europe’s leading golf apparel brands and Wales based Asbri Golf, logo accessory specialist, teamed up to support all four home nation teams at the PGAs of Europe International Team Champions at Vale do Lobo. Both brands have enjoyed a hugely successful 2010 as Official Licensees to The 2010 Ryder Cup and were delighted to support the PGA event in Portugal by supplying golf bags, caps and apparel to the PGA teams representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

England were crowned PGAs of Europe International Team Champions for the third time as mother nature had the last word. The rain that had caused a rescheduling of the second round and forced tournament director Ben Groutage to turn two par fives into par threes because of flooded fairways returned with a vengeance on the fourth day.

Accompanied by thunder and lightning, which felled a tree alongside the par three 17th hole, the deluge swamped the course and caused the fourth round to be abandoned. Consequently England, were declared the winners as a result of leading the 26-strong field by four strokes at the end of the third round.

Team captain Jon Bevan was delighted with the victory but admitted he would have preferred to have secured as a result of playing 72-holes.

"A win's, a win," he said. "So obviously we're very pleased. But it would have been better and more satisfying if we'd won it with the tournament going the distance. I know the French are disappointed and we would be in their position."The good thing is that we led from the start of the tournament and were still in front when it was abandoned."

Ironically, Bevan's best round of the tournament - a four-under-par in the third - ensured England went into the final day in pole position. Bevan, however, was quick to praise the part played by his team-mates, David Shacklady, who was under par in each of his three rounds, and John Wells.

"It was a real team effort and John and David both made huge contributions," added Bevan. "They laid the foundations in the first two rounds and David was very consistent throughout."

The trio earned €6,000 for their victory while Scotland and France picked up €4,500 each for finishing joint-second.

This year's event has moved along the Iberian Peninsula having secured sponsorship from the Associacao Turismo do Algarve. It is also being supported by The Tivoli Victoria, Vale de Lobo Golf Club and the Ryder Cup Europe Development Trust.

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