Junior Open champion Pedro Lencart Silva will compete in the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico.
Lencart Silva posted a round of six-under-par 67 to seal a convincing win at Kilmarnock (Barrassie) Golf Club on the eve of The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon in July.
The 16-year-old joins Victor Lopez and Tomas Silva to represent Portugal for the 30th playing of the competition at Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Cancun.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Working for Golf at The R&A, met the team as they made final preparations at the National Golf Centre at Jamor in Lisbon recently – which receives funding and support from The R&A through the Portuguese Golf Federation.
Weir said, “Pedro won our Junior Open at Kilmarnock (Barassie) which shows the quality of player being produced in Portugal just now. His inclusion in the Portuguese Eisenhower Trophy team, alongside Victor and Tomas, just shows the level at which these young amateurs are performing.
“The team were confident and looking forward to competing in Mexico. They all said how helpful Jamor had been to their development as international golfers.”
The driving range at Jamor, which also functions as a National Centre offering facilities in 15 other sports, was opened in 2012 with The R&A contributing a total of £75,000 towards its construction. Since then, a nine hole public course has been added to the range, along with a new professional shop and clubhouse facility that includes a gym specifically tailored to golfers.
Weir continued, “We continue to support the Portuguese Golf Federation, which has made great strides in recent years, with support and coaching in the development programmes centred there.
“Last year at Jamor, 15,700 nine hole rounds were played, for which an average green fee of just 9 Euros was charged. A bucket of range balls costs under 2 Euros. Over 50,000 buckets of balls were hit last year and around 3,000 lessons were delivered including a high percentage for juniors and beginners. The number of rounds played is up by 17% on 2014.
“Across Portugal, there are now 86 golf courses, including 26 in the greater Lisbon area. Around 15,000 golfers are now registered at these clubs.
“Golf here in Portugal, and in particular in the Algarve, has traditionally been dominated by the golf tourism industry. The Portuguese Golf Federation has made a focused effort on increasing its indigenous playing base and is clearly succeeding – they have made a huge success of this project.”
For more information on the World Amateur Team Championships, please visit the IGF website.