Parador (Málaga) Golf & Guadalhorce GC – November 3-5, 2015

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A SENTIMENTAL VICTORY ON THE GECKO TOUR, SPAIN

Alfonso Gutiérrez, who was invited by his girlfriend to play in the tournament, secured a thrilling victory at the Parador and Guadalhorce.

Alfonso Gutiérrez won the second leg of The Gecko Tour that concluded on Thursday at the Parador course in Málaga, an exceptional venue for the event together with Guadalhorce Golf – which was co-host for the first two rounds. One special highlight this week was the presence of Carlos del Moral, a European Tour pro who is preparing for the Qualifying School Final by fine-tuning his game on The Gecko Tour.

Gutiérrez won the title after a gripping final round, not ideal for those with a heart condition – as the classic saying goes. The Andalucian golfer secured victory in sudden-death against Manuel Quirós after both had finished on 210. So exciting was the finale that no fewer than five players finished within one shot of each other, a Pyrrhic margin over 54 holes that shows perfectly well how evenly matched and enormously competitive the players are on The Gecko Tour. Daniel Osorio, Juan Carlos Osorio and Viktor Kratz finished one shot out of the play-off.

The final holes were a battle of nerves and birdies. All went for the jugular in an effort to emerge triumphant. Without exceptions… in a spectacular show enjoyed by all at the Parador. Alfonso made birdie on the 16th, Quirós responded with his own on the 17th, an effort matched by Daniel Osoro, and Juan Carlos on the 16th and Kratz on the 16th and 17th also finished with a birdie flourish. A golfing whirlwind of the highest quality, and a well-deserved triumph for Gutiérrez, who defeated Quirós on the second extra hole.

There was a delightful story behind this victory by the Sevilla veteran, born in Triana but now resident in Málaga (both physically and emotionally). Rarely could it be truer to say that the win was all – or at least significantly – down to love. Alfonso had not competed on The Gecko Tour for some time, as he was unable to find sponsors willing to offer support. A real shame because his game is probably in the best shape of his career at the moment. This is demonstrated clearly by his recent results: winner of the 2015 PGA of Andalucía tournament, victorious in the Felipe Pérez Pro-Am at Mijas Golf, top-10 in the Spanish Professionals Championship and two cuts made on the Alps Tour. Impeccable. However, he is hardly able to play because of a lack of financial resources.

Gutiérrez was not even thinking about competing in The Gecko Tour event at the Parador and Guadalhorce, but last week he received a surprise call from the Tour’s office. It was his girlfriend and she confirmed that, thanks to the invaluable help of her mother (Alfonso’s mother-in-law), he was invited to compete in the Gecko tournament. “She told me I looked really sad because I couldn’t play, and she wanted to help. It was an incredible gesture and I couldn’t be happier to have achieved this victory for her,” he said after signing his card and posing with the trophy. He certainly could not have imagined a better way to open his winning account on The Gecko Tour.

The tournament was held over three days, with a cut after the second round set at one-over, which a total of 25 players surpassed. The third leg of The Gecko Tour will be held next week at Santa Clara and Marbella Golf Country Club.

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Alfonso Gutiérrez, que jugó el torneo invitado por su novia, se lleva una emocionante victoria en el Parador y Guadalhorce.

Alfonso Gutiérrez se ha llevado el triunfo en la segunda prueba del Gecko Tour que ha terminado este jueves en El Parador de Málaga, un escenario de lujo que ha compartido sede con el Guadalhorce Golf, campo donde se han disputado también las dos primeras jornadas de este torneo. Cabe destacar que el torneo contó con la presencia de Carlos del Moral, profesional del European Tour que prepara la Final de la Escuela en el Gecko.

Gutiérrez ha conquistado el triunfo en una jornada final agónica, no apta para cardíacos, como diría el clásico. El jugador andaluz se ha impuesto en el desempate a Manuel Quirós después de haber terminado ambos con un total de 210 golpes. Tan emocionante ha sido el desenlace de la prueba que hasta cinco jugadores han quedado separados únicamente por un impacto, una distancia pírrica en 54 hoyos que habla perfectamente de la tremenda igualdad que hay en el Gecko y de la enorme competitividad que destilan todos los jugadores. A un golpe del playoff se quedaron Daniel Osorio, Juan Carlos Osorio y Viktor Kratz.

Los últimos hoyos del torneo han sido una batalla de nervios y de birdies. Todos se han tirado a la yugular para lograr la victoria. Sin excepción. Espectáculo enorme el que se ha vivido en El Parador. Alfonso hacía birdie en el 16, Quirós respondía con otro en el 17, Daniel Osorio también lo hacía en el 17, Juan Carlos en el 16 y Kratz terminaba con dos birdies en el 16 y 17. Un torbellino de golf de alta escuela. Victoria de mucho mérito para Gutiérrez, que derrotó a Quirós con un par en el segundo hoyo del desempate.

El triunfo de este veterano jugador sevillano, nacido en Triana, aunque de residencia y sentimiento malagueño, esconde una preciosa historia. Nunca se pudo decir más alto y más claro que estamos ante un triunfo por amor. Alfonso llevaba tiempo sin competir en el Gecko porque no encuentra patrocinadores que lo apoyen. Una auténtica pena porque de juego se encuentra probablemente en el mejor momento de su vida. Así lo atestiguan sus resultados más recientes: ganador del torneo de la PGA de Andalucía 2015, vencedor del Pro-Am Felipe Pérez en Mijas Golf, top ten en el Campeonato de España de Profesionales y dos cortes pasados en el Alps Tour. Inmaculado. Sin embargo, apenas puede competir porque no tiene recursos para hacerlo.

Gutiérrez tampoco pensaba jugar este Gecko en El Parador y Guadalhorce, sin embargo la semana pasada recibieron una llamada por sorpresa en la oficina del Gecko Tour. Era su novia y le confirmaba que, con la ayuda inestimable de su madre (la suegra de Alfonso), lo invitaban a este Gecko. “Me dijo que me veía muy triste porque no podía competir y que me quería ayudar. Ha sido un detallazo increíble y no puedo estar más contento de haber logrado esta victoria por ella”, aseguraba después de firmar la tarjeta y posar con el trofeo. Seguramente, nunca habría imaginado una mejor manera de inaugurar su palmarés en el Gecko.

El torneo se ha disputado durante tres días, con un corte tras la segunda jornada que quedó establecido en +1 y que superó un total de 25 jugadores. La próxima semana se celebra la tercera prueba del Gecko en los recorridos de Santa Clara y Marbella Golf Country Club

 

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