The Algarve welcomes the final tournament of the EDGA Tour (European Disabled Golf Association) calendar at the eighth EDGA Algarve Open at Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura, between November 23 and 25.
The Algarve Tourism Association (ATA) together with EDGA launched the event in 2014, and it has been a regular feature on the EDGA schedule ever since.
A full field of 80 players with various impairments from across the globe will arrive at the tournament which also welcomes families, friends and volunteers, helping to create a strong social connection for all present.
However, when it comes to teeing off, the tournament always creates intense competition across three divisions: Gross, Net and Stableford, with golfing handicaps ranging from plus one to 36. Winners of the 2022 tournament, Rasmus Lia (Gross), Dylan Baines (Nett) and Vladimír Zelenka (Stableford) will be returning to defend their titles respectively.
Meanwhile, the attractive but challenging Vila Sol course (par 72 for the event) has proved to be a highly popular set-up for golfers who have a range of physical, intellectual and sensory impairments.
“This is a much-loved tournament at Pestana Vila Sol, so it is no surprise that so many of our EDGA golfers wanted to play here again this year,” said EDGA president Tony Bennett.
“The standard of competition is always very high indeed as there are some seriously strong players taking part. Our players love the venue and the warm welcome they receive. Vila Sol offers a great advertisement for the Algarve to players and families, while the EDGA golfers create an excellent showcase for how people with a disability can reach their potential in a chosen sport.
“Our international competitions are great for all involved but they also offer a chance to promote just how good a game golf can be. Golf can really enhance your life physically and mentally and it’s a game everyone should take a look at, from simply putting and chipping, to the longer, full game.”
EDGA seeks to change the lives of people with disability through the power of golf. The objective is to help 500,000 people with disability to try the game.
The international not-for-profit association is made up of the National Golf Federations from 39 countries around the world, and provides advice, guidance and standards to leading golfing bodies, including The IGF, The R&A, and The EGA.
The staging of the EDGA Algarve Open is being made possible once again thanks to supporters of EDGA, including The R&A, European Tour Group, RSM, PING, Srixon, Dreams, Ottobock and Golfbidder.
Find out more: www.edgagolf.com