Hugo Ribeiro, former journalist and press officer of the main international events in Portugal, puts his finger on the wound: the development of golf involves its democratization. Only then, he argues, will it be able to attract more players, more young people, and, consequently, more talent and notoriety to the game.
The Madeira Golf Trophy, which completed its sixth edition in June, is the direct heir of the Tournament Cidade do Funchal, which took place for the first time in 2008, as a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the city of Funchal. Disputing uninterruptedly until 2013. After two years of interregnum (2014 and 2015) it returned in 2016, already with its current name, to become the most important social tournament of the Santo da Serra Golf Club (SSGC), and one of the most desirable at the national level.
On the 20th of May, the Aroeira I Golf Course hosted the already traditional Ladies' Annual Tournament of the National Senior Golf Association (NSGA). The competition, which took place with consecutive tee-offs from 1st and 10th holes, was attended by 49 players, including ANSG associates and guests.
The XI edition of the Officers and Gentlemen's Cup was held on May 22nd, at the Montado Golf Course.
This year's edition was once again attended by nine teams: teams from the three branches of the Armed Forces (Air Force, Army and Navy) and six teams from the liberal professions (Lawyers, Architects, Economists, Engineers, Pharmacists & Doctors).
With 8 birdies and 10 pars, Fernando Sequeira was the big winner of the final tournament of the Pitch & Putt Circuit 2020, which took place on the 13th of October, in Capuchos, with the participation of 32 players.
The Southern Delegation held its Closing Tournament of the 2020 season on the Pinheiros Altos (Pinheiros / Sobreiros) nines,. Due to the constraints imposed by the pandemic in recent months, the prizes from previous tournaments on the South Circuit were handed out at the end of this closing event, while following the health safety guidelines scrupulously.
The courses of Aroeira I and II were, on the 17th of November, the places chosen for the grand closing tournament of the Center Circuit 2020, under the responsibility of the ANSG Center Delegation.
The 6th Tournament of the North Delegation Circuit was held on December 2nd at Campo do Estela Golf Club, ending the Circuits season.