Article by Ben Evans of Cutting Edge Golf
Saturday, 18th April, Penina: In some beautiful Portuguese sunshine today, 36 leading golfers with disabilities from 12 countries are preparing for the European Disabled Golf Association’s (EDGA) first big event in the 2015 Tournament Series – the 1st Portugal Open.
Held at the iconic Penina Hotel & Golf Resort on the Algarve, founded by Sir Henry Cotton, this is the perfect venue to tee-off 11 tournaments run by the EDGA over the summer, and it is little wonder that Penina has attracted players from all over Europe, including a number who starred in the EDGA Tournament Series last year.
Last year’s order of merit category 1 runner up Manuel de los Santos (France), category 2 winner Miroslav Lidinsky (Czech Republic), category 3 runner up Nino Ourabah (France), and category 4 winner Michael Hosna (Czech Republic) will all be looking for signs of early season form here, in a tournament played on Sunday and Monday over 36 holes on the challenging Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course.
EDGA President Tony Bennett said today: “We’re blessed with some lovely weather, blue skies and over 20 degrees, and the course is in great condition here at Penina. Some difficult pin positions will provide a stiff challenge to our competitors who are now preparing for what we hope will be an excellent first tournament of the summer.”
Other players looking for success on the fairways and greens on this 5,827 meter test are the skilful Philippe Pee of France, playing off a handicap of 4, and also the home-grown talent of Pedro Sotomayor of Portugal, this weekend playing his first EDGA tournament, who is sure to receive plenty of local support.
* The Tournament Series 2015 takes in 11 tournaments in countries Portugal, France, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, Sweden, and Italy. All are run by the EDGA, an organisation which was set up to help individuals with impairment to start, stay, succeed and enjoy golf and which now provides advice and guidance for organisations on tournaments, training and services to golfers with disability.