Rising star of European golf scoops Portugal Masters title
October 2011 - What a summer for 20 year old Tom Lewis! Having shot the lowest ever round of 65 by an amateur in The Open Championship, gone on to victory in the winning Great Britain & Ireland team in the Walker Cup and producing a top-ten finish in his first professional tournament in Austria, he has nailed his first European Tour victory (and a cheque for 416,660 Euros) at just his third professional appearance in the recent Portugal Masters.
Host venue of the Portugal Masters is the Oceanico Victoria in Vilamoura for the 5th successive year, and the Oceanico Group were absolutely delighted with Tom’s win and hope to see him back to defend his title next year.
Tom’s manager, Adrian Mitchell of IMG was full of praise for his new star. “We have great belief in Tom’s talent and this was certainly demonstrated in Portugal. He’s a very personable young man with tremendous focus on the course and a professional approach. There is often a story behind a young player’s first win and this was no exception. We had pushed hard for Tom to be included in the Portugal Masters line-up and enlisted as many of our partners and contacts as we could, including the Oceanico Group and Tullow Oil, to campaign for an invitation for Tom from The European Tour, which they kindly granted. The result is now written in the history books and we’re delighted that everyone’s efforts have paid off. It is great news for The European Tour to see a new star arrive and the success of the tournament will only benefit tourism in Portugal”.
Peter Adams, Director of International Championships for The European Tour was effusive in his praise for Tom and the event as a whole. “The Tour has a long association with Portugal and we always enjoy staging The Portugal Masters at the Oceanico Victoria course where the Tour, the players, and the tens of thousands of people who visit over the four days are always made very welcome by our hosts, the Oceanico Group. Turismo de Portugal are tremendously supportive of this prestigious event and we were delighted to have Cecilia Meireles, the Secretary of State for Tourism join us on the final day. As usual, the weather was very kind to us for the whole tournament and we were delighted to see Tom Lewis secure his maiden victory against the traditionally strong field that is a feature of the Portugal Masters“.
Tom himself was understandably overjoyed at his victory. “I was concentrating on shooting in the sixties and if I could do that I knew I’d be in with a good chance. I was able to pick up five birdies in six holes on the back nine on Sunday which took me clear of the field.” Tom was full of praise for the course, the playing conditions and the crowd. “From start to finish I had lots of people walking round and giving me great support and the crowds on the Sunday generated a great atmosphere. The Oceanico Victoria course was in superb condition, the weather was perfect for golf and the hospitality I was shown was second to none. My caddy Colin Byrne, played his usual invaluable supporting role in keeping me going and the feeling of lifting the trophy on the 18th green was the best in the world.”
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