Spanish golf has plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2023. And so he did this Tuesday at the annual Gala of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, which took place at the Spanish Olympic Committee. There, the RFEG celebrated the more than numerous triumphs of national players this year, defined as “brutal” at the beginning of the event.
Few words can better describe a season in which Jon Rahm has won four titles, including the Augusta Masters, Carlota Ciganda has made history in the Solheim Cup and others like Juan Postigo, Rocío Tejedo, Juanele Ballester, Cayetana Fernández or Andrea Revuelta, among many others, they have added joy after joy.
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“There are no more sporting successes. There have been incredible successes. Sometimes I thought 'well, let's see if there is going to be a year in which we don't have winners and this looks a little ridiculous', but that hasn't happened.
We are full to the brim, and that gives us a lot of motivation for the future,” said Gonzaga Escauriaza, president of the RFEG, in a speech with which he opened a Gala in which countless awards were distributed to the different categories.
The protagonists were players like Rocío Tejedo or Cayetana Fernández, who took the stage on numerous occasions. And women's golf had a prominent presence in the event, celebrating titles such as the absolute European team championship, the under-18 championship, the individual championship (Julia López) and the senior championship, in addition to the bronze in the World Team championship.
Other milestones such as the European triumphs in Solheim and Junior Ryder Cup were also celebrated, as were the different male victories: individual European (Juanele Ballester), team... There are already 28 continental titles, only behind England in the classification historical.
Carlota Ciganda, together with Gonzaga Escauriaza and Alejandro Blanco at the Royal Spanish Golf Federation Gala.PEPE ANDRESDIARIO AS
The two biggest ovations of the day went to Juan Postigo, three-time winner of a tournament in 2023, and to Carlota Ciganda, heroine in the last Solheim Cup and protagonist yesterday at the Diario AS Gala when she received the AS Sports Award.
“Carlota received a well-deserved award at the AS, and she was highly applauded,” said Escauriaza. The two Spanish golfers brought all the attendees to their feet in the COE amphitheater, where there was also strong applause for Jon Rahm, who could not attend the event.
The successes of professionals such as Pablo Larrazábal, Jorge Campillo, Carmen Alonso, Nuria Iturrioz, Eugenio López-Chacarra and David Puig, among others, were also recognized. The host of the Gala, Alejandro Blanco, closed the event.
“This year has been the year in which we have had the most success. It is, without a doubt, the result of the great work you are doing. There are great champions here, great champions, there are the results. The commitment is the Olympic Games and the future.
We have had two Olympic Games with golf, there are Olympic diplomas, and Paris owes us a medal, at least, to Spanish golf,” commented the president of the COE to put the finishing touch to the national golf festival, full of reasons to celebrate.