Acciona Open de España returns to Madrid



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Acciona Open de España returns to Madrid

The ACCIONA Open de España presented by Madrid -as it is known today- is a tournament that hardly needs an introduction, as it has been part of the Spanish golf calendar since 1912 and has been part of the European Circuit since 1972.

The edition of This year it takes place from October 6 to 9, at the Villa de Madrid Country Club, but at an organizational level, the first date that took place more than a century ago has little to do with the current one.

On the sporting front, those initial editions helped enhance the figure of Ángel de la Torre, in the same way that the Open now elevates Rafa Cabrera Bello (the last winner) or Jon Rahm (he won in 2018 and 2019).

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But today one concept prevails, that of sustainability, and the truth is that the Open has become a unique event of its kind and a pioneer in our country.

There is a catalog of solutions in this regard that affect mobility inside and outside the tournament (there are shuttles to get there and the electric car is preferred or that the vehicle completes its passenger capacity), energy, water, supplies, suppliers , recycling...

Javier Burgos (Acciona OE), Gonzaga Escauriaza (RFEG), Juan Ignacio Gallardo (MARCA), Gerard Tsobanian (MTP) and Gema Monjas (MARCA) / Photo: CHEMA REY
Javier Burgos (Acciona OE), Gonzaga Escauriaza (RFEG), Juan Ignacio Gallardo (MARCA), Gerard Tsobanian (MTP) and Gema Monjas (MARCA) / Photo: CHEMA REY
However, as Gerard Tsobanian, president of the tournament, as well as CEO and president of Madrid Trophy Promotion, the organizing company, indicates, everything revolved from the beginning around an idea: "We had to bring golf to the public and not the other way around, and that's why they looked for a field that is 20 minutes from the center of Madrid.

At that moment we made the right decision and everything fell into place" As the leader explains, everything is always thanks to institutional support: "It is essential for events of this magnitude. The City Council and the Royal Spanish Golf Federation were the premise for this project to go ahead.

Then it is time to add sponsors so that there is a solid base that it lasts over time", says Tsobanian, who points out: "Like the Mutua Madrid Open", also under his supervision. For the promoter of the project, it is still the "beginning of this adventure" despite the fact that after three years the event is beginning to take hold: "It is not yet consolidated like tennis, which everyone knows is in May.

It is It is true that every year we sell more tickets; last year there were 40,000 and the important thing is that there is a progression, which means that people are interested" Tsobanian this year can boast of having been able to bring two great world golf figures to the Spanish Open: "It is always important to have the national hero wherever a tournament is held, in this case Jon Rahm, but this year we have brought another international star like Tommy Fleetwood and hopefully there will be a good battle between them.