More than €22,500 has been raised so far for the Official Charity of the Portugal Masters, the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA).
With the professionals donating their Pro-Am fees to the charity and all proceeds from the sale of official programmes and drawsheets also contributing to the total, the funds raised will have a significant impact on the EDGA’s charitable projects in Portugal and across Europe.
The funds will help train professionals, therapists, teachers and community workers to introduce golf to children with disability.
On Saturday, the European Tour and Visit Portugal invited six players from the EDGA to host a series of clinics at Victoria Clube de Golfe, where they showcased their astonishing talent despite suffering a range of disabilities.
The six players held two demonstrations – one on the range, where they showed off the quality of their ball-striking, and the other on the putting green, where some of the pros competing at the Victoria course were challenged to one-handed and one-legged putting contests.
Once play had finished, the EDGA players were joined by two youngsters from local golf courses to play the 18th hole at Victoria Clube de Golfe.
Tony Bennett, the PGAs of Europe’s Director of Education and Membership and President of the EDGA, said: “This was a very special experience for the players. We cannot put into words our appreciation to all the European Tour staff who helped make this happen, the experience for these players will last forever and for some it will be the next step in their goal to play the tour.
“In most countries, golf is not on the menu of sporting options for individuals with disability. With so many people coming together to support the EDGA at this event, we feel very privileged. It has given all of those who volunteer their time in this not-for-profit association a renewed determination to help get golf into the Paralympics.”
Peter Adams, Championship Director of the Portugal Masters, said: “It was a privilege to welcome the EDGA to the tournament on Saturday, it was incredibly inspirational to see the six players hit shots which most of us could only dream of. It’s not often that the pros are in awe of other players, but that was certainly the case on Saturday.
We must thank everyone who contributed to the cause, from the pros who donated their Pro-Am fees to the spectators who bought programmes and drawsheets. The money raised will make a real difference to the charity, who do such a fine job of promoting disabled golf, and we wish them the very best with their future projects.
The six players from the EDGA were: Juan Postigo (one handicapper), Manuel De Los Santos, Adem Wahbi (both four), Aimi Bullock (ten), Nino Ourabah (12) and Pedro Sottomayor (30).
For more information on EDGA and its work, please visit their website here