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La Manga tournament helps golfer turn pro

A golf holiday in La Manga Club it may not have been, but for 19-year-old Florentyna Parker, her trip to the famous courses will be even more memorable.

The Germany-based golfer recently made the cut at the La Manga Qualifying School, which means she will be taking part in the European tour.

Emerging from the qualifying tournament holds particular significance for Parker, as it has preceded her turning professional, the Liverpool Daily Post reports.

Had she not flourished as a golfer, Parker may have been enjoying a tennis holiday at La Manga Club.

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Biel and Timberlake enjoy golf on holiday

Whether it is a golf holiday in La Manga Club or a few rounds across the other side of Atlantic, it appears taking to the fairways is a great way for couples to spend time together.

One celebrity pair to enjoy a day on the golf course is singer Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel, who have been playing while on holiday in Mexico.

Indeed, Biel has been taking lessons to give herself a head start as she attempts to get her game up to the standard of the former *NSYNC star.

"Jessica isn't really that interested in golf, but she really wants to get better at it," said a source.

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Oxfordshire golfer misses cut at La Manga Club

Golf holidays to La Manga Club conjure fond memories for most of the people who have enjoyed a round or two on the resort's world class fairways.

However, the pressure was on for many female players recently as they recently took part in the Qualifying School at La Manga Club.

Those who made the cut celebrated the opportunity to join the Ladies' European Tour, while those who fell short had nothing but the Spanish sunshine to console them.

One such player was Tilly Holder, who missed out with rounds of 75, 78 and 78, the Oxford Mail reports.

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Enjoy golf holidays at La Manga Club

The Andalucia region of Spain was recently named as Europe's best golf destination and with resorts such as La Manga Club, it's little wonder.

La Manga is home to three championship golf courses, as well as an impressive range of practice facilities and with the gloomy weather set to continue at home, it's the ideal place to work on your technique and soak up some sunshine.

Countless international tournaments have been held at the resort and it is widely regarded to be one of the best in Europe.

Those looking to develop their skills will find expert coaching on offer at La Manga's Golf Academy, with instructors combining state-of-the-art video analysis with traditional teaching methods.

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PGA: Spanish holidays 'ideal for golf'

Golf holidays in Spain have been hailed as an ideal choice for those who prefer the finer things in life.

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) claimed Spain and Portugal are two places where connoisseurs can find a combination of great golf facilities and culture, heritage and cuisine.

Spain, the PGA claims, is the new leader of European gastronomy, while wines from areas such as Andalucia, Ribera del Duero, Galicia and Catalonia are cementing the nation's reputation as a home of good wine.

There is also the added bonus of the great weather that the Iberian peninsula enjoys.

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No 'golf holiday in La Manga' for Welsh star

Jo Pritchard is currently enjoying her time on the fairways of La Manga's championship courses, but it is far from a golf holiday in Spain for Pontypool's finest.

The professional is currently in fifth spot after the final pre-qualifying round for the Qualifying School at La Manga Club, having finished on 72 in two consecutive rounds.

Five of her compatriots are also in the top 50, which bodes well for Welsh women's golf going into the final qualifiers.

The Q-School represents the final chance for women to get on to the European tour.

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Andalucia named 'top golf destination'

The Spanish region of Andalucia has been named as the best holiday destination for golfing enthusiasts, beating off competition from rival golf hotspots such as the Algarve.

Andalucia won the Best Golf Destination in Europe category at the International Golf Travel Market Awards, which were held in Marbella at the end of last year.

The region was selected due to its favourable climate, stunning landscape and fantastic range of golf courses and excellent transport links.

According to figures from the Spanish Tourist Office, over 400,000 golfers travel to Andalicia every year.

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Malaga plans tourism investment

Authorities in Malaga are planning to invest billions in developing a series of programmes aimed at boosting tourism in the city.

Spanish tourism officials are hoping to promote southern Spain as a city-break and weekend holiday destination.

Developments have so far included a new terminal at the city's airport and the addition of a new runway, which is expected to be completed by 2010.

Malaga's port area will also be regenerated and the waterfront harbour will be extended to accommodate large cruise liners.

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Yorkshire youngsters plot La Manga Club golf victory

La Manga Club might be the setting for many a golf holiday in Spain, but for six youngsters in Yorkshire, relaxation will be far from their minds when they take to the famous fairways next month.

The junior members at Willow Valley Golf will be taking part in the Junior Team Home Nations Championship at La Manga Club between December 17th and 22nd and are preparing themselves for a battle, Today's Golfer reports.

"We might be underdogs due to our higher handicaps, but we have already defied the odds by beating some established clubs in the nationals," said Chris Nuttall, junior organiser at Willow Valley.

The tournament at La Manga Club is one of the most prestigious for the under-18 age group, with Sky Sports cameras set to be beaming the action into the homes of UK viewers.

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Golfer readies herself for Q-School at La Manga Club

Having retired from the Dubai Masters, golfer Dani Masters must now view the qualifying school at La Manga Club as the last opportunity for her to get her European Tour card for next season.

A season plagued with injuries has placed her participation in next season's ladies' tour in jeopardy, but Masters is being philosophical about the prospect.

"I would be distraught if I failed, but you move on. I'm really passionate about golf but it's never been the be all and end all," she told Kent News.

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