One of the traditional names of the Costa del golf area resorts, La Quinta in Marbella, changes management company and we’ll become part of the spanish Sol Melía chain from January 2010.
During the last IGTM in Malaga we had some comments about important announcements related to Sol Melia that have now been confirmed with this acquisition. We feel this could be great news for La Quinta and a challenge for the company based in Mallorca as this would be the second purely golf resort in Spain (after Melia Vichy Catalan).
Tom Jamieson was the winner of the first prize of our Volvo World Match Play competition including proam spot and a night accommodation at Elba Estepona Thalasso Spa 5 star hotel. Tom kindly wrote a few words about his experience last week:
Just a short note to say it was a pleasure to meet you last week and that I had an unforgettable experience at Finca Cortesin. I’ve put together a few paragraphs to try and capture the experience but I’m not sure words can do it justice!
Although I had entered the competition when I got the e-mail telling me I had won the prize I couldn’t believe it and my natural Scottish scepticism kicked in!! However, after a couple of emails and calls to establish it was indeed true I couldn’t wait to get there and attempt to play golf with some of the biggest names in the game.
After a couple of wrong turns on the way from Malaga I eventually arrived at the impressive Elba Estepona late on Tuesday evening and my Pro-am passes were waiting as promised. A quick call to Jessica to confirm when I had to report at the course and I was raring to go!
The day itself was fantastic, Volvo deserve a lot of praise for making it all possible and for providing some amazing gifts and souvenirs and the course itself was absolutely superb. It was also quite surreal changing my shoes with Retief Gossen sitting on one side of me and Sergio Garcia on the other!!
I was drawn to play with Scott Strange and he and his caddy, Adam, were very friendly and helped eased the nerves. The shotgun start was ideal and meant that I didn’t have to endure the trauma of trying to get the ball off the first tee in front of a large crowd! Thankfully I managed to play quite well and even experienced polite applause from the gallery for a couple of my shots!! The team finished the day on 5 under par but unfortunately this didn’t quite match the performance of the winners who managed to get round in the remarkable total of 19 under.
A lifetime of memories from a day to remember and thanks to all at Golf in Spain and Volvo for making it possible.
He was dubbed “The English Patient” by the Spanish press. Inscrutably focused, betraying hardly any emotion as he strode purposefully around the Finca Cortesín course, ranked 10th of the 16 players in the starting field of the Volvo World Match Play Championship, Ross Fisher beat Camilo Villegas on the first day, then lost to Lee Westwood and defeated Jeev Milkha Singh on the second day to top Group D and gain a semi-final place against reigning US Masters champion Angel Cabrera.