The “Desafío Fundación Seve Ballesteros”, held at the National Golf Centre in Madrid pays tribute to the golfing genius on his birthday

The Desafío Fundación Seve Ballesteros was held to pay tribute and remember Seve on the date of his birth. Javier, Seve’s eldest son, attended the prize giving ceremony with Gonzaga Escauriaza, president of the Spanish Golf Federation; Juan José Villanueva, president of Panamá Golf Group and Roberto Eduardo Arango, ambassador of the Republic of Panamá.

Many of the players who have come together at the National Golf Centre had the privilege of playing with Seve and others, despite not having met him personally, started playing golf “because of Seve”. The champion’s personality has been remembered and praised by everyone on this special date: “Seve was pure passion, imagination, sensitivity, competitiveness, magic feeling. He changed the rules of the game and taught us to love golf. All of us started playing golf trying to imitate him because he did something different and appealing. He transmitted his passion and engaged us into playing golf”. This was unanimously declared by all the players when the round ended.

Enrique Ponce: “I played with Seve many times in Madrid, Bilbao, Sancti Petri, Pedreña. It was a privilege being with him: seeing him with a club in his hands, hitting those daring shots was something that only he knew how to do. I shall never forget it. I learned a lot from him. I was drawn by his simplicity, humanity, courage and fighting spirit”.

Ángel Acha was the winner in Scratch category with 40 points, displaying a fantastic game which earned him the title of Spanish College Champion; Jose Ramón Chico and Juan Carlos Velayos have been the best by handicap, in the first and second category. Lola Fernández Ochoa was the ladies winner and Agustin Millán was the senior winner.

After thanking “all the courses in Spain and Panamá that have supported the Desafío and all those who have joined in to remember my father”, Javier Ballesteros gave a bronze sculpture “My hands”, to the Panama Golf Group corporation, sponsor of the Desafío Fundación Seve Ballesteros, represented by its president Juan José Villanueva and CEOs Arturo Sainz and Jaime Carrizo who were thrilled to receive the sculptures of Seve”s hands from their idol”s son. Gonzaga Escauriaza, president of the Spanish Golf Federation who thanked everyone involved, noting that “more than the great number of trophies, the most important thing about Severiano was the passion he transmitted to every spectator who was attracted to golf because of him. He made us live the tournaments with the same intensity as he did. This made him unique”. “My hands”, by the artist Juan Soler are made out of bronze and are a limited edition of 555.

The Seve Ballesteros Foundation staged the third edition of the Desafío, a number of charity golf events that are held all over Spain and in five courses in Panama to raise funds towards brain cancer research. Hugo Boss and the Spanish Golf are also supporting the event.