Hosted by Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection ahead of the EDGA Vilamoura Open, on 13-14 February, Italy’s Tommaso Perrino, demonstrated the game’s fundamentals to local up-and-coming stars.
Ranked 12th in the Gross World Rankings for Golfers with a Disability, Perrino, alongside Dom Pedro TPI Golf Certified Coach, David Moura, provided practical tips and technical advice to help participants improve their skills, or introduce them to the game of golf for the first time.
The session was held in collaboration with EDGA to help raise further awareness for golf in the region and showcase how the sport has had a positive impact, both mentally and physically, on people with a disability.
Commenting on the opportunity to host the clinic, Perrino said: “It was amazing to host the clinic today and be able to share my experience in golf and EDGA with everyone who attended. EDGA is like a family, it has given me so many great opportunities to play the game of golf once again and compete against the best players in the world.”
Eng. Luis Correia da Silva, Chief Executive Officer at Dom Pedro Golf, stated: “It is amazing to see so many people in the region turn up to learn more about the game of golf from one of EDGA’s leading stars. It is incredible to hear about Tommaso’s experience in the sport and hopefully by hosting this clinic it will encourage more people, both with and without a disability, to take up golf and feel the positive effects from it.”
Tycho Kuiper, one of the participants from the Vilamoura Golf School, described the feeling of being invited to take part in the clinic: “It doesn't matter if you have a disability because golf makes it possible for everyone to play regardless of what you are dealing with. It was amazing to learn from Tommaso today. Golf is the right sport and EDGA makes it possible for the players."
Tony Bennett, President of EDGA, finished by describing the overall experience at Dom Pedro: “I first came to the Dom Pedro course, today called the Dom Pedro Pinhal course, almost forty years ago, when I brought 50 golfers here for a coaching week. Since those days I have seen many changes, some to the course and of course others to the clubhouse. However, three things that have not changed are the Algarve welcome, the challenge of the course and the sense that as people leave for home they already want to come back.”