Postigo and Jones share the honours in fine Spanish Open wins

Postigo and Jones share the honours in fine Spanish Open wins


Two excellent winners in Juan Postigo (Gross) and Mike Jones (Stableford) savoured deserving victories in the Spanish Open for Disabled Players 2017, held at the Parador de Málaga Golf Resort at the weekend (11-12 September).

The first European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) event of the season, organised by the  Spanish Golf Federation, provided a challenging final round as more than 50 players were welcomed by strong winds as they teed-off on the testing coastal course with its slick greens. Fortunately the rain which had been forecasted stayed away until the final moments as the last match reached the 18th green.

In the Stableford division the overnight leader Enrique Ramirez Belmonte started with his closest competitor Mike Jones from the 10th tee, which was particularly exposed to the brisk wind coming off the sea.

Mike proved too strong on the day with a solid round of 34 points (63 total to Enrique’s 55) but gave great credit to his playing partner’s sportsmanship and camaraderie; with special praise also for his expert caddie and wife, Beth.

Mike said later: “It was an absolute pleasure to play in this event. I was fortunate to play with a great character in Enrique. He sang to me, we encouraged each other and laughed, it was great. I knew I had to start well and luckily I did. I played solid.”

Mike added: “Beth has been phenomenal, the support she gives is brilliant, making sure I have everything I need on the course. I couldn’t have done this without her.”

Other good performers in the Stableford division included Timo Pessi and José Manuel Heras Hernanz, each scoring 53 points, and Patrick Siegwald (51).

In the Gross division Juan Postigo had taken a one-shot lead into Day 2 (after a first round +3, 75), just ahead of Manuel de los Santos and Hassan Chakboub. Starting with a birdie he set the mark for the day, and was never really challenged as he sprinted to a healthy lead.

With six birdies in the round he had the comfort of a few dropped shots on the extremely difficult holes near to the sea and into the wind. The round of 72 was the best score of the week and was worthy of the winner who would prevail by 10 shots over de los Santos. Antonio Llerena Caro, Chakboub, Adem Wahbi and Mathieu Cauneau were all in the chasing pack.

Juan Postigo said later: “There was a lot of wind today. Some holes down near the beach were very tough so 72 feels great. [On the back nine] I made two birdies in a row which was great because I had made two bogeys just before, so maybe that was the key to the result today.”


The scoring of the players will all count towards the Ranking for Golfers with Disability supported by PING which runs throughout the year. Postigo also enjoyed winning the Nett prize, but with a smaller two-stroke margin over four of his competitors who shared the same 147 Nett score.

The next EDGA tournament is the European Challenge for Wheelchair Golfers (24-27 April) in Sitges, Spain.

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Article by Ben Evans | EDGA Media





EDGA Tournament Series 2017 has “powerful message”

EDGA Tournament Series 2017 has “powerful message”

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The European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) is set to launch its international ‘Tournament Series 2017’, staged for competitive golfers with disabilities.

Nine tournaments have been confirmed so far in Spain, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, Portugal and France. Last year the first event was held in April but for 2017 EDGA players tee-off the comprehensive season this weekend with the Spanish Open, held at the Parador de Málaga Golf Resort (February 11-12), organised by Real Federación Española Golf.

With discussions taking place to stage further tournaments in Italy, Finland, Switzerland and Germany, it is hoped that this year’s tournament roster will mirror or exceed the 13 of 2016 as the Series grows (in 2013 there were four tournaments staged), attracting more players from a greater number of countries.

Highlights include the European Team Championship 2017 at Quinta do Lago, Portugal Algarve, in June, which is organised by the European Golf Association (EGA), and, being staged at Fairmont St. Andrews in August, the Scottish Open held at the Home of Golf looks set to be a magnet for players from 20 countries as they seek to improve their places on the Ranking for Golfers with Disability supported by PING. All nine tournaments so far finalised should offer a fantastic sporting occasion for the players taking part.

EDGA President Tony Bennett said: “Every tournament in the schedule is fortunate to have a really good venue for the players and great national support for our golfers who wish to compete at constantly higher levels.

“EDGA is now backed by 20 national golf federations and this is a fantastic reflection of the growing stature of the Tournament Series, the hard work of EDGA staff and volunteers and most importantly, the attitude and camaraderie of all the players who tee it up for these events.”

Supported by The R&A, the European Tour, and European Tour players (notably EDGA Ambassador Lee Westwood), EDGA is looking for Corporate Partners and event sponsors to reflect and facilitate its growth internationally.

Key to its objectives, EDGA has been and continues to work on political alignment in order to influence the Paralympic movement so that elite golfers with a disability are able to take their golf to the very highest international level. EDGA sits on the International Golf Federation (IGF) Golfers with Disability Committee.

Globally respected golf club manufacturer PING became the key supporter behind the Ranking in 2016, while the Algarve Tourist Association became EDGA’s first Corporate Partner in 2015 and this relationship has thrived. Event sponsors recently have included internationally acclaimed golf apparel brand Glenmuir.

Tony Bennett added: “We believe that EDGA’s continued growth and its powerful message regarding Paralympic representation is of genuine interest to prospective partners from the business world. Helping us to grow at this time can be part of a significant and progressive story for the right partners.”

With the slogan ‘Golfers First’, EDGA is 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. EDGA welcomes elite and developing players to its tournaments.

Article by Ben Evans | EDGA Media