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Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour Included Participants from 12 Countries

HALKIDIKI – Professionals and amateur golfers from Europe, the ideal weather, the impressive golf course of Porto Carras, and the excellent facilities of Porto Carras Grand Resort, created a unique setting for the international golf tournament Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour, held from May 14-18, on the peninsula of Sithonia in Halkidiki.

Golf action at Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

In one of the most beautiful and idyllic landscapes in Greece, and on the only 18-hole par 72 golf course in Northern Greece, overlooking the Aegean Sea and the stunning pine forests on Mount Itamos, golfers from 12 countries participated, representing Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Greece.

Participants experienced unique moments at Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

The golf tournament contributed to the promotion and development of golf tourism in Northern Greece, with visitors enjoying the perfect destination while playing golf amidst the estate’s vineyards, the impressive three lakes of the course, pine trees, and olive trees, while also participating in many parallel activities.

The Legends 2004 team during the FootGolf with the professional golfers. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

FootGolf with the Legends 2004 Team

With the support of the tournament’s Official Airline, AEGEAN, the exciting FootGolf event was held. Football legends and European champions such as Zisis Vryzas, Fanis Katergiannakis, Angelos Basinas, Vasilis Tsiartas, Takis Fyssas, and Kostas Chalkias, who won Euro 2004 with the Greek national team, as well as the international football player Nikos Lymperopoulos, visited the Porto Carras Grand Resort. Among them, many internationals were invited to place a football into holes larger than those found in golf with as few strokes as possible. The rules of the game closely resembled those of golf, promising an entertaining sport blending elements of football and golf, ensuring a delightful experience filled with fun and joy. The international footballers had the opportunity to enjoy the facilities of Porto Carras, which included participating in a golf clinic, taking a boat trip, and experiencing a wine tasting at Greece’s largest organic vineyard, Domaine Porto Carras.

The Legends 2004 team at the Porto Carras marina. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

The Golf Competition

The Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour schedule at the award-winning Porto Carras Grand Resort, recognized as the top golf hotel in Greece, began on May 15 with a practice round for all participants, followed by a Welcome Cocktail by Domaine Porto Carras in the evening. The golfers enjoyed the amazing cocktails by Domaine Porto Carras and the refreshing mocktails by Souroti. On May 16, the first round of the Pro-Am took place, and on May 17, the second round followed. On May 18, the competition concluded with the Open Tournament for the professionals and the Individual for the amateurs.

Wine tasting for a good cause at Domaine Porto Carras. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

During the games, golfers had the opportunity to enjoy high-quality coffee from Miele coffee machines, protein bars from Lidl, Souroti water, Sknipa beers, traditional Greek souvlaki, and fruits at the registration area, and refreshment stations on the golf course.

Left to right: Porto Carras Grand Resort Golf and Sports Manager Panagiotis Sabaziotis, and Aegean General Legal Counsel Katia Avramidou. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

Tournament Winners

The schedule officially concluded with the Awards Gala Dinner, which included the award ceremony for the winners in both team and individual categories. The event was hosted by the accredited journalist Efi Alevizou. During the night, an honorary award was presented in memory of the late former president of Aegean Airlines, Theodoros Vassilakis, for his contribution to the development of golf in Greece. The award was presented by Golf and Sports Manager of Porto Carras Grand Resort Panagiotis Sabaziotis to General Legal Counsel of Aegean Katia Avramidou. Another honorary award was given to the Greek national team of Legends 2004, the European champions of 2004. The award was presented by General Manager of Porto Carras Grand Resort Konstantinos Anglopoulos to the president of Legends 2004, Takis Fyssas.

Left to right: Konstantinos Anglopoulos, Porto Carras Grand Resort General Manager, and Takis Fyssas, Legends 2004 President. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

In the Pro-Am tournament teams’ competition, the champion team was composed of Papadopoulos, Avramidou, Maltezakis, Piperas. The second-place team included Christos Nikopoulos, Gkotsis, Werner, and Kalogiros, while the third-place team featured Themis Ginis, Fistrek, Hoppen, Fasois. In the special team awards, the top team during the first-day consisted of Sofronis, Bountis, Van Duijne, Fragistas, while the top team on the second day was Elli, Marian Abrashev, Alexander Abrashev, Tourgaidis.

At the individual level, the Swedish Henrik Engdahl was the Pro champion. In the Amateur Gross category, Alexander Abrashev was first, Christian Werner was second, and Marian Abrashev was third. In the Amateur Net category, Anastasios Gkotsis was first, Philippos Piperas was second, and George Karakasis was third. The Longest Drive award for the first day went to Christian Werner, and the second day to Anastasios Gkotsis, while in the Closest to the Pin category, Petros Tourgaidis won the first day, and Michalis Archangelitis the second.

The guests enjoyed a specially designed menu with unique savory and sweet ‘golf’ selections, cocktails, and mocktails by Souroti, and excellent wines by Domaine Porto Carras. In addition to trophies, the tournament winners received special gifts from Domaine Porto Carras and Sknipa.

The champion team of Papadopoulos, Avramidou, Maltezakis, Piperas with Porto Carras Grand Resort General Manager of Konstantinos Anglopoulos. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

Wine Tasting for a Good Cause

The largest unified organic vineyard in Greece, Domaine Porto Carras, supported the event as a Platinum Sponsor and organized two Wine Tasting Sessions for the event’s guests on May 16. Participants had the opportunity to experience firsthand Domaine Porto Carras and taste the exquisite varieties of the historic vineyard. In addition, Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour, with the support of Domaine Porto Carras, reinforced the Association of Parents of Children with Neoplastic Diseases of Northern Greece ‘LAMPSI’.

During the two Wine Tasting Sessions and at the Awards Gala Dinner, participants had the opportunity to contribute to this cause. The total amount collected by the event was donated to the ‘LAMPSI’ association, which, among other things, ensures the excellent medical and pediatric care of children suffering from malignant diseases, for the creation, organization, staffing, and equipment of specialized oncology, hematology units, providing moral, social, and financial support for the treatment, care, education, and social reintegration of children and providing all possible assistance, information, and other forms of support to the families of sick children. More information about the Association ‘LAMPSI’: https://lampsi.org/.

Left to right: Aegean General Legal Counsel Katia Avramidou, Porto Carras Grand Resort CEO Sergei Smirnov, and Swedish Pro champion Henrik Engdahl. Photo: Porto Carras Pro-Am / by Zagas Photography

Golf Lessons for Beginners

Finally, on May 18, non-golfers along with the Legends 2004 team participated in a Golf Clinic.

Porto Carras Pro-Am was organized by Porto Carras Golf under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, the Greek National Tourism Organization, the Halkidiki Tourism Organization, the PGA of Greece, a member of the Confederation of Professional Golf, and the major sponsor, AEGEAN.

The Official Airline of the tournament was AEGEAN, a member of the leading airline alliance, Star Alliance. For the 12th consecutive year and 13th overall, AEGEAN is declared the passengers’ top preference and wins the title of “Best Regional Airline in Europe,” according to the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2023.

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