Diputació de Girona was the scene of the official presentation of the Empordà Challenge and Costa Brava Challenge, the last two tournaments of the Challenge Tour season that will take place before the Grand Final at Empordà Golf next October, which will return to status. Costa Brava in the spotlight of world golf.
“Together we go further than alone,” said Jordi Masquev, Vice-President of the Tourist Board of Costa Brava Girona, Vice Sports and Second Vice President of the Tourist Board, Nuria Fonte, Emporda Golf Manager, Angel Gallardo, European Tour ambassador, Ramon Nogi. President of the Catalan Golf Federation, and Javier Gervas, General Manager of JGolf, promoter and organizer of both tournaments.
Gervás began by explaining its importance: “There are two tournaments that will each distribute prizes of €200,000. 108 players will participate, of which 96 are the best players in the Challenge Tour ranking coming from more than 15 countries. It will have significant TV coverage, for more than 100 hours of TV that will be broadcast In over 150 million homes in 20 countries, including the Nordics and the UK through Sky Sports. The golf course has received several visits from the RFEG green division working with golf ranger Empordà Golf and will be in great shape to make it a success.”
A golf course that has undergone significant overhauls that will put the best Challenge Tour players to the test, as Noria Font, Director of Emporda Golf stated: “For us, we are honored to host two tournaments in the Challenge Tour category, it is a step forward that is a huge challenge but also an exciting one, and we are very proud By being up to the task.In the past two years Emporda Golf has made a 180-degree change in the course and facilities.We hope the players will enjoy these improvements made.When we received Javier Gervás’s suggestion, we assumed it would take a lot of effort and would work against the clock, but we didn’t doubt That, and with the Girona Courses, we set out to position Girona as a high-quality tourist destination.With a unique design, innovative restoration and a very unique hotel, Empordà Golf is the sum total of all that the province has to offer and truly enriches it.Our dream is for Girona to become a destination for golf as well as for cycling, a A world reference, which is not a definite thing, but with the help of the Regional Council, it becomes a reference championship on the European Tour.”
Ramon Nogi, President of the Catalan Golf Federation, congratulated all parties for the initiative and expressed his support, saying: “We are at a critical moment, I come from the world of sport and Catalonia has always been the cradle of great athletes and we lose to it. Therefore, the support of institutions is essential to promoting the sport. As President For the Catalan Golf Federation, what pleases me the most is that unity is strength, and that there is unity among all the courses in Girona. Empordá Golf is one of the best in Catalonia and Spain and is a great golf and gastronomic destination. They say in Emporda, “When someone comes to , returns, “and certainly this is the beginning of more tournaments.”
Angel Gallardo, on behalf of the European Tour, confirmed that “the moment we are in the Tour is very difficult, the situation is complicated, tournaments have been canceled, it is also very difficult for professionals. For this reason, I am very grateful for the support of the Regional Council, the Federation and all those who made it Possible not only to miss those weeks without a championship, but also to come to Girona, on an impressive course like Emporda Golf. I am sure it will be successful to repeat.”
The Emporda Challenge will take place October 13-17, and the Costa Brava Challenge October 19-22, supported by the Challenge Tour, Emporda Golf and the Girona Provincial Council through the Costa Brava and Kyocera Tourist Board and the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.
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