Alcaidesa Heathland Open 2009 held in April 2009

Champion Gabriel Canizares & Tour Director Dr. Volker Bernhardt

Golf Open Tour with Champions

With the international competitions at the Golf Open Tour the Spanish players prepare themselves for bigger tasks. The Alcaidesa Heathland Open 2009 was won by Gabriel Canizares. This success gave Gabriel so much confidence that a week later he could beat all his Spanish fellow pros at Fuerteventura to become the PGA Champion 2009 of his own country. During the tournament at Alcaidesa Gabriel`s confidence level was still so low that he told the Golf Open Tour director Dr. Volker Bernhardt that he is the black sheep of the golfing family only able to win against his mother and sister on the golf course. Little chance against his father Jose Maria who became one of the first golf legends of Spain by winning international tournaments and with his brother Alejandro playing now successful on the European Tour. So family Canizares watch out for Gabriel he is in great form now!
Manuel Quiros also a former winner on the Golf Open Tour shared third place at the prestigious Spanish PGA Championship. This new Tour is obviously ideal for young Pros to train and practice for preparing to upgrade their game for the big Tours.
The Golf Open Tour has now extended to an Amateur and Pro-Am Tour. With this unique concept the amateurs can for little money rub shoulders with the professional players and learn from them while playing and practising with them on the golf course.
The web site is now also in Spanish, so please look at
The next event is in June 3rd to 6th at the top course Sherry Golf close to Jerez. A course the European Tour has selected for the second tour school stage where the new professional stars need to qualify to get the pass to play in the highest money league. Besides the competitive golf outing the sherry bodegas of Jerez are waiting for you. If you like to join a collective trip to this special event please phone: Dr. Volker Bernhardt (0034) 630794369.


Golf Tournaments & Pro/Am from 10.-18. February 2009


Conde Francesco de Perlac (Presidente de Honor , Los Flamingos Resort),
Juan Quiros, Barrie Stevens, Angelika Eisinger, Dr.Volker Bernhardt at the prize giving.


Barrie Stevens, Daniel Quiros Rodriguez, Conde Francesco de Perlac, Peter Dahlberg, Pedro Linhart, Volker Bernhardt; below: Carlos Rodiles , Juan Quiros, Raul Quiros Rodriguez


Los Flamingos Golf Resort once again opened its doors for the Golf Open Tour.
In February 2009 the international Pro Tour continued, its third event in a very short space of time. Besides a very strong international Professional presence, Amateurs were welcomed from many different nations (England, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and USA).
Two very exciting tournaments with outstanding golf professionals were once again the big attraction at Los Flamingos. The number 4 of the European Senior Tour 2008, Juan Quiros, fought off challenges by other Senior Pros but the Swede Peter Dahlberg was finally the winner and received his first exclusive Los Flamingo Senior Club Masters Jacket. The following week Peter only lost against Juan Quiros on the final hole for the Gran Flamingo Masters 2009 title. A sure indication that Peter Dahlberg can now play and succeed in the highest league.
The Junior Pros was once again made up of players mostly from the European Tour and Challenge Tour all displaying great talent. Carlos Jose Rodiles took the Los Flamingos Masters Title on the old course and his fellow country-man Jose Lorca could not be stopped by his strong colleagues. He rolled in the putts from everywhere to win the Gran Flamingo Masters Title 2009 on the demanding golf course, in very difficult weather conditions. He even set a new course record of 67 shots (6 under par) during his last round.
The amateurs also had their fun and challenges where Nigel Eede could also only win his first net title after three tough rounds on the last hole against runner up Ian Crawford. The young George Parker from England with a handicap of 2 was one to watch being the first player to win the Amateur Masters Jacket of Los Flamingos Golf Resort. The consensus of all participants was good and reflected well on the Golf Open Tour www.golfopentour: “We had a great time, great golf courses, super Resort and we will back for sure."


Eede Nigel, Ian Crawford, Zane Scotland, Ray Theakston - winner team
Pro/Am Masters Tournament 2009

Guenter Schaefer - 3.Net Prize Gran Flamingo Amateur Masters; Jose Lorca - Gran Flamingo Masters Champion; Ian Crawford 2.Net Prize Gran Flamingo Amateur Masters; Martin de Bruin - Super Senior Prize; Juan Quiros - Gran Flamingo Senior Masters Champion; Rosa Hatz - 1.Net Prize Gran Flamino Amateur Lady Masters; Peter Dahlberg - Los Flamingo Senior Masters Champion; Eede Nigel - 1.Net Prize Gran Flamingo Amateur Masters Champion

Jose Lorca, Raul Quiros Rodriguez, Juan Quiros, Peter Dahlberg (Masters Champions at Golf Open Tour 2009)

Carlos Rodiles - Los Flamingo Masters Champion, Conde Francesco de Perlac, Peter Dahlberg - Los Flamingo Senior Masters Champion, Dr.Volker Bernhardt


40 Professional Golfers Tee off in Marbella

Manuela Ghidotti (Barceló Hotel Guadalmina), Manuel Quiros (Spanish Pro), Victoria Payo (Director Barceló Guadalmina), Benjamin Schlichting (German Pro), Dr. Volker Bernhardt (Tour Director)


This week heralds the start of a new Professional Golf Tour in Andalucia. The brain-child of German born, Volker Bernhardt, who himself has played on the Spanish and German PGAs, the Golf Open Tour tees off at Los Flamingos Golf. The tournament will be held over three days and 40 professional golfers from nine different countries will compete for prize money of 15,000 euros.
The players will compete on the original North Course on the first day and the new South Course on the final day. Although the The European Seniors Match Play Championship has been played at Los Flamingos in 2002, 3 and 4, the younger, longer hitters have yet to test the ground, giving rise to some potentially very interesting golf.
Volker says his idea was inspired by the marketing genius, the late Mark McCormack who was responsible with his company IMG, for creating the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth in the 1960s. With these ideas, twinned with the beliefs and ideas of Marbella Club founder Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe who brought style to Marbella, he wants to bring great golfers to the area who will enjoy their time here, return and bring followers with them. "By giving the players what I believe they want they will come back. To be well looked after, play quality golf courses, have good weather and the opportunity of the glory of winning and good prize money."

Views of the spectacular Los Flamingos Golf Course

Quality Attracts Quality
The Southern Spanish coast is perfect for a tournament of this kind and in the future Volker plans to create a quality training centre mainly to give professional golfers the facilities they cannot enjoy most of the time in Northern Europe. "Give quality and quality will follow", Volker insists. Having quality hotels and golf courses involved is key to the success of this venture and the Golf Open Tour will benefit hugely from the support of the Barceló Hotel Guadalmina and the two 18 hole golf courses at Los Flamingos.
The championship has a big future and even under the current market climate has inspired 15 Marbella companies to sponsor the event and take it through to further tournaments in 2009. These companies include The Barceló Hotel, Villa Padierna Hotel & Resort with Los Flamingos Golf, Fischer Cars, Samara Resorts, Golfino and Pia Chimeneas, to name but a few. On Saturday (13th Dec), following the two day Pro Tournament, there will be a Pro-Am in which many of the sponsors will have teams but individual amateurs are invited to play. The day will start with a welcome glass of Champagne and sponsors will be handing out promotional materials and following the Pro-Am there will be a Gala lunch on the terraces of the Villa Padierna.
For further information about the Golf Open Tour or future sponsorship possibilities, please contact Volker Bernhardt (+34 630 794 369 - -


Golf Tournament Success at Los Flamingos

Manuel Quiros Mateos - Flamingos Open Golf Tour Champion


      An exclusive Pro-Am with international Golf Professionals from 9 countries was played last week as part of the new Golf Open Tour at Flamingos Golf Course, Marbella. Professionals and amateurs were welcomed with fresh hot coffee a light breakfast before the 'shot gun' start at 10am. 'Cornel Catering' proprietor, Mr. Kramer supplied all teams personally with a catering package.      
    Sponsors of the tournament encouraged their teams before they drove off to their starting tees around the course.
Hole in One
On the tee of the 4th, there was a feeling of tension in the cold air. The Hole in One competition was intense. Mr. Walter Fischer sr. and his team greeted the participants with drinks and Christmas cookies. The Fischer Mercedes Group offered a prize for a Hole in One of a new Mercedes SL, the closest shot on the day missed the hole by only 30 cm.
      Pedro Rodriguez, Thomas Steinmetz, Gary Edwards and Petra from Pias Chimeneas.        

After the match, players congregated in the Linares Gala room of the Ritz Carlton Villa Padierna Hotel where they were invited to cocktails and canapes. Organizer and director of OPEN GOLF TOUR, Dr.Volker Bernhardt explained the philosophy behind his ideas for the Golf Open Tour. International professionals invited to play tournaments on the Costa del Sol designed to boost tourism and attract visitors to the coast. Los Flamingos Golf Resort welcomed and supported the ideas enthusiastically. The first 2 tournaments were also energetically endorsed by Fischer Mercedes Group, Barcelo Hotel Group, Bang & Olufsen, Alexandro Herrmann, David Marshall, Hines, Pure Lounge, MPFS, NCT, Fisher Island, Cornel Catering, Pia Chimineas, Golf USA, Golfino and Marbella Medical Group. Sponsor 'Pure Lounge' entertained the young pro's with a short disco show, and renowned opera singer 'Kimera' sang to her CD of favorite tunes.

The amazing Kimera sings

Gala and Prizes
During the Gala lunch the prizes were awarded as follows:
1.Prize -Pro Lloyd Saltman with Eamon Kelly, Kevin O'Keefe and Patrick Keane. The team was invited by the Fischer Car Group to take part in the final event of the Fischer Golf Series which will take place in March 2009 in the exclusive and private La Zagaleta Golf Resort. The winning team also received a gift voucher to the value of € 200 for Golf USA. Mr. Fischer handed out the prizes for the 'Longest Drive' and 'Nearest to the Pin' and Dr.Volker Bernhardt presented the 'bad luck team' a voucher for the exclusive SPA Villa Padierna.
2nd Prize - Pro Elliot Saltman, sponsored by Pias Chimeneas with his team of Minsung Kim, Kim Hakkyun and Miguel Cortijo Perez. Prizes included beauty treatments with the Marbella Medical Group in the value of € 150 for each person and the players also received a gift voucher valued at 100€ from Golf USA.
3rd Prize - Spanish pro Manuel Quiros Mateo, with the amateurs Nagle Russell, Glynn Mark and Nigel Eede sponsored by 'Los Flamingos VIP Members'.

Winning Pro-Am team, Loyd Saltman, Kelly Eamann, O'Keefe Kevin, Keane Patrick, with Main sponsor
Walter Fischer and Dr. Volker Bernhardt

Touring Pro's

Mr. Fischer handed out the prizes for the 'Longest Drive' and 'Nearest to the Pin' and Dr.Volker Bernhardt presented the 'bad luck team' a voucher for the exclusive SPA Villa Padierna. congratulates Dr. Volker Bernhardt and team on the organization and wishes the Open Golf Tour good luck and continued success in the future.

For details on further dates, contact Dr. Volker Berhardt on 630 794 369

Marbella, 14th January 2009
OPEN GOLF TOUR No rest even during the festive season.

After wonderful tournaments in December 2008 the Golf Open Tour continued with two events in January 2009. In the "Los Flamingos Masters 2009" the favourite Manuel Quiros could only finish second after a thrilling 3 day fight with his international colleagues. The Englishman Michael Lowe came 3rd with 214 strokes but it was Manuel's fellow countryman , Raul Rodriguez, who took the title of the first Flamingos Masters Champion. The president and owner of the Los Flamingos Resort, Senor Ricardo Arranz de Miguel,    
presented the Club Masters Jacket to the radiant winner Raul, who finished the final round with a very impressive 8 under par (63 strokes).
The enthusiastic golf amateurs also had a special treat. On the 7th and 8th January, a combined Pro / Am tournament was integrated as part of the Los Flamingos Masters. The winners received their prizes, after a fantastic tournament, in the La Cantina restaurant at the Los Flamingos Resort. The organizer and director of the Open Golf Tour, Dr. Volker Bernhardt, had the pleasure to honour the three winning teams. Third place went to the Englishman Michael Lowe with his Irish Amateur Jim Dunne, who had played his first Pro-Am in his life and

mentioned afterwards that he had such a great time with the pro that he'd always like to have the support of a player of that calibre. Second position went to Raul Rodriguez with his Spanish amateur Rafael Garcia and the beaming winners were the two unbeatable players, Pro Manuel Quiros with his English amateur friend Nigel Eede.

On Monday January 12th the Golf Open Tour continued in bright sunshine with the 4th golf tournament of the tour series, the "Gran Flamingo Master 2009".

Once again the Spaniard, Raul Rodriguez Quiros, surprised the spectators with a new course record on the very challenging Gran Flamingo Course. One sovereign 4 under par proves that even on this new golf course of Los Flamingos Resorts an outstanding result can be achieved. In an exciting head to head race with a European Tour player Zane Scotland from England, the local Spanish Raul Rodriguez triumphed once again. During the prize giving, Dr. Volker Bernhardt praised in the highest tones this very congenial, now two times Masters Champion, Raul Rodriguez.
With these exceptional results Raul could certainty play an important role even on the European Main Tour, if only a sponsor could be found for such a young talent. Dr. Volker Bernhardt promised the ambitious players that there will be another opportunity for the Open Golf Tour to help and support them so they can get the best from themselves. We might even have the next Masters Champion coming from the Golf Open Tour and winning in Augusta like two Spaniards have done in the past (Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal). Professional golf can be profitable if one considers that the top 100 best golfers in the world earn over one million U.S. dollars prize money in only one year.

For more information about the Open Golf Tour, visit or phone (0034) 630794369