Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pay Demo Puts Stop to Craig's England Debut

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pay Demo Puts Stop to Craig's England Debut

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Craig Goodfellow's England pro debut was interrupted by a band of Spanish demonstrators yesterday.

The Cumbria pro was in the England side for the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship at Atalaya Park on Spain's Costa del Sol ( along with Tony Nash and Andrew Willey.

England are bidding to better last year's runners-up spot, but Goodfellow, from the Eden club, was forced to leave the course along with the rest of the competitors because of a noisy demonstration by about 60 to 70 Spanish men and women.

Eventually, play was abandoned for the day as the protestors made a second demonstration just as play was planned to re-start.

The protesters said they had lost their jobs and have not been paid due wages following the closure of the Don Miguel Hotel ( the sister hotel of the Atalaya Park Hotel, where the PGAs of Europe Congress is being held this week.

They arrived on the perimeter of the course at around 11.30am and began to beat drums and blow horns and whistles in an attempt to disrupt play.

Tournament director Steve Cox suspended play at 11.40am calling the field of 63 professionals from 21 countries back to the clubhouse to make sure there was no danger of a confrontation between the golfers and the demonstrators.

Spanish policemen were present but kept a low profile.

The protesters threw tee markers and flagsticks into bushes but no damage was done to the greens on the most vulnerable part of the course, which is on either side of a public road.

After a couple of hours it seemed as if the demonstrators had dispersed but Cox's planned resumption of play at 1.50pm had to be called off when the disruptive group reappeared. Some took up position on the second green.

None of the players, starting from both the first and the 10th tees, completed the first 18 holes of what is a scheduled 72-hole tournament. …

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