We were delighted to arrive at the Seve designed Quinta do Vale golf course and be greeted with warm sunshine and a course prepared to a high standard for the players.
With several Challenge Tour players in the field warming up for The Madeira Islands Open in a couple of weeks time, and given the lighter than normal winds the scoring was expected to be on the low side.
And this proved to be the case with three of the regular Challenge Tour guys filling the top of the leader board,
A strong Portuguese contingent were in close pursuit of the leaders with Miguel Gaspar on 3 under and Tiago Cruz on 2 under alongside Ruaidhri McGee and Jamie McLeary from The Challenge Tour.
After heavy mist finally cleared away the second day again provided a clear blue sky with warm sunshine and battle commenced, on time at 8-30.
Amongst the early birds was the 2013 Amateur Champion Garrick Porteous who shot an uncharacteristic 11 over par 83 in the first round.
Porteous recovered the situation with a fine second round 4 under par round 68 that concluded with a run of 6 closing birdies!
Joannes was cruising along very nicely and reached 9 under par after 13 holes to hold a 5 shot lead over McGee, who was several groups ahead and with the rest of his challengers falling away it looked like a walk in the park for Joannes.
However a bogey on the fifteenth reduced his lead to 3 shots after McGee had earlier made birdie on the same hole.
McGee then birdied the last two holes to set a clubhouse target of 7 under par leaving Joannes with just a slender one shot lead with a difficult finish to come.
Joannes then quickly closed the door on McGee and put things beyond doubt with a tremendous birdie on the treacherous seventeenth hole and a cool par on the last saw him home a winner by two shots.
The final event of our season will soon be with us and we are working hard on the next season already which starts in October with a full schedule of 18 events ending in March 2016.
We will be releasing dates and venues shortly so please keep visiting the Algarve Pro Golf Tour website and keep up to date with the latest news.