The Algarve will host a feast of superb golf from the world’s finest disabled golfers as they return for an international disability golf tournament in November.
The continent’s disabled golf elite will compete in the second European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Algarve Open 2015 – where the winner of the 2015 EDGA Premier Series Order of Merit will be crowned – at Pestana Vila Sol, 17-22 November.
The event is a centrepiece of the Algarve Tourism Association’s (ATA) ‘Golf4all’ campaign, which showcases the Algarve as a fully-inclusive tourism destination for golfers and tourists alike.
‘Golf4all’ which targets beginners, juniors, men, women and senior golfers and aims to highlight to each why the Algarve is one of Europe’s most popular and welcoming golf destinations.
The Algarve’s continuing commitment to engage with golfers across the spectrum is evident in additional activity surrounding the event, which will see three junior golf schools play alongside 10 of the disabled elite at one the Algarve’s top venues.
EDGA, which recently appointed Lee Westwood as an official ambassador, is also delighted to announce the Algarve as its ‘Official Golf Destination’ for 2015-16.
EDGA president Tony Bennett said: “It has been a pleasure to work with ATA over the last year as the headline sponsor of our end-of-season events, in both 2014 and then again, this year, in November 2015.
“It is now my distinct pleasure to be able to welcome the Algarve as EDGA’s ‘Official Golf Destination’. Our experience of working with ATA is extremely positive. It is a wonderful organisation and we very much look forward to helping further develop its ‘Golf4all’ concept, which is, obviously, in total harmony with our association’s philosophy.”
Maria Manuel Delgado e Silva, ATA golf product manager, added: “We were delighted when EDGA decided we could host one of its most important events last year – the end-of-season tournament.
“At that point, we kicked off our ‘Golf4all’ campaign and decided to really commit to bridging the divisions in golf by promoting it as a sporting activity suitable for everyone, regardless of age, gender, skill or impairment. Since then, the campaign has come a long way and we’re thrilled to be welcoming EDGA back this year.
“The Algarve is not only Europe’s number-one golf destination, but also one of the most welcoming and inclusive destinations – that is something we are extremely proud of and something we wanted to portray through our ‘Golf4all’ campaign.
“We hope to continue growing the game of golf and broadening the destination experience for the myriad golfers who head here for sunshine golf each year.”
Algarve Tourism Association www.visitgolfalgarve.com
European Disabled Golf Association www.edgagolf.com