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Murcia Golf Course Designer: Manuel Piñero


Designed the Golf Course at: La Serena Golf Resort & Vistabella Golf (Alicante)

Manuel Piñero was born in Badajoz on the 1st of September 1952 and as a child his parents moved to Madrid, where "purely by chance" he was introduced to the world of golf. One day, his grandmother was taking him to "earn a few pennies" as ball boy at a tennis club, however, before getting there they passed the practice course of the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid and there he stayed. He worked as a caddy until 1969, when he turned professional. Piñero established himself on the European Tour in the early 1970s. He won nine titles on the Tour, the most prestigious of them the 1977 British PGA Championship. He featured in the top ten on the European Tour Order of Merit five times, including back to back fourth places in 1976 and 1977.

Piñero (pictured right at La Serena Golf) played for Europe in two Ryder Cups. Among the strong Spanish contingent which made such a big impact on The European Tour during the 1970s and 1980s. Won nine times on The European Tour, including the 1977 PGA Championship at Royal St George’s. Earned four points out of five during Europe’s victory in The 1985 Ryder Cup at The Belfry. On that occasion, he teamed up with Seve Ballesteros to win two foursomes and one fourball match, and then went on to defeat the formidable Lanny Wadkins 3 and 1 in the top singles. His win against Wadkins meant he retired from The Ryder Cup with a 100 per cent singles record, his other win coming in his previous appearance in The 1981 Ryder Cup at Walton Heath, where he defeated Jerry Pate 4 and 2. Currently serves on The European Senior Tour Committee

Piñero was a member of Spain's two man team at the World Cup of Golf nine times, collecting the team title in 1976 and 1982. On the latter occasion he also won the individual title.

Since turning fifty in 2002 he has played on the European Seniors Tour. Improved on his 2007 Order of Merit position by five places last season, finishing 53rd. Finished tied 20th in both the Irish Seniors Open and the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open as he continued the form he showed towards the end of the 2007 season when inside the top 30 in five of the last six tournaments he played. Previously showed flashes of his undoubted ability when he finished joint third in the Open de France Seniors in May 2004, and fifth at the 2005 De Vere Northumberland Seniors Classic.

Since 1989 Manolo has lived in Marbella, where he directs with enormous success La Quinta Golf Academy, dividing his time between this and his other work, the design of golf courses.

Manuel Piñero designed La Serena Golf in the Murcia region of Spain.

International
1974, Madrid Open
1976, Swiss Open
1977, Penfold PGA Championship
1980, Mazda Cars English Classic
1981, Open, Swiss Open
1982, European Open Championship, Individual World Cup
1985, Cepsa Madrid Open, Italian Open

Team International:
1985, Ryder Cup
1974, World Cup with Seve Ballesteros
1982, World Cup with José Mª Cañizares

National
Spanish Champion: 1973, 1974, 1983, 1984, 1989
Spanish Doubles Champion: 1976 with Salvador Balbuena, 1984 with Antonio Garrido and 1985 with his brother Alfonso.

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