Algarve golfer Ricardo Melo Gouveia returned yesterday to the titles, breaking a fast of more than three years by becoming the first champion of the new version of the absolute national championship, played at the Oporto Golf Club.
Ricardo Melo Gouveia, member of the Challenge Tour, has not won a tournament since January 2017, when he imposed himself on the Tile Mountain Classic, of 10,000 euros in monetary prizes, integrated in the Portugal Pro Golf Tour.
Today he came backwards, as he left for the last lap two strokes behind the leader, his childhood friend, Pedro Figueiredo, but a journey in 65 strokes, six below the "pair", gave him the title with a total of 268 strokes, 16 below the «par».
“It is a very special flavor. In the last hole, after taking the second «shot», I realized that it was difficult to escape the victory and I was a little emotional, because the last few years have been difficult ”, said the winner.
"A victory is always a victory, but being the first (in this new format) is always good and I hope the tournament will continue for many more years in this format, because it is beneficial for the evolution of the sport", added Melo Gouveia.
The Quinta do Lago professional pocketed a prize of 3,800 euros, the main one of the 20,000 that were at stake, and beat Pedro Lencart by two strokes, who, for the second day in a row, handed out a 68 card (-3).
The player of the Club de Golf de Miramar is an amateur, he was not entitled to a monetary prize, but he was consecrated national amateur champion for the third time in his career, curiously always in even years: 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Lucas Lopes Azinheiro, from Vilamoura Golf Club, is the new national amateur runner-up, with 282 (-2).
In the women's sector, Leonor Bessa cemented the dominance she has exercised in recent years in national golf.
Ricardo and Leonor, members of the second divisions of European professional golf, thus entered the history of the tournament of the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG), whose 87th edition was held in the oldest Portuguese club, Oporto Golf Club, in Espinho.