Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie, former Dutch national golfer Willem Vork and Joachim Selzer from Germany picked up their trophies at Solverde Casino today for a stunning performance in the first part of the €1,100 EPT Vilamoura Fairways and Felts Challenge.
The team played 11 under par at the beautiful Pinhal 72-par course – and receive a bonus 5,500 chips each (500 for each stroke under) as they now kick off the poker section of the contest. The total prize pool is €12,697 - €8,253 for first place and €4,444 for second.
The basic starting stack is 10,000 chips but all the golfers won bonus chips for their performance on the fairways. The team led by Team PokerStars Pro Pieter de Korver which included WSOP bracelet winner James Dempsey, Dutch player Roderick van Welsum and scratch golfer Eddie Tasbas from Sweden played 8 under par and get 4,000 bonus chips each.
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu’s team shot five under so that’s 2,500 extra chips for Kid Poker, Polish Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki and golf pro Tom Larsen from Norway. Friend of PokerStars Teddy Sheringham was also on the Negreanu team but as he is still in the final of the EPT Vilamoura main event, he has understandably relinquished his place in the Challenge.
With a combined handicap of 64, it’s not too surprising that the team led by Team PokerStars Pro and Challenge host JP Kelly fared the worst on the course however Kelly, PokerStars qualifier Gary Bain and chess whizz Jeff Sarwer still managed two birdies to finish two under par and receive 1,000 bonus chips each.
EPT founder John Duthie wins an extra prize - four rounds of golf at Pinhal - for playing the shot closest to the pin and Willem Vork won the same for longest drive. Three non-golfers have now joined the poker part of the tournament today (for a €840 buy-in). They are: Manuel Cadilhe, Boyan Bonev and Rumen Nanev.
Courtesy of Mad Harper at PokerStars.