Ramón Barrenechea has died aged 58
Ramón Barrenechea, president of the Vizcaya Golf Federation, died this Wednesday at the age of 58. The sad news has shocked the golf world at large due to the loss of a renowned promoter of golf in all its fields.
Carmen Ballesteros, daughter of the Master of Pedreña, who was competing in a Pro-Am at La Reserva, ahead of the Aramco Team Series in Sotogrande, had to abruptly interrupt her stay in Cadiz after hearing the sad news.
Ramon Barrenechea, history
Ramón was a great friend of the Ballesteros family, working with the Seve Ballesteros Foundation also in the promotion of golf and, through the Vizcaya Golf Federation, he supported the Bzkaia PGA Open, a tournament belonging to the PGA circuit of 50th anniversary of Spain, which It will be held during the Maeztegi course from September 12 to 17, organized by the PGA of Spain and the Provincial Council of Vizcaya.
From the presidency of the Biscay Golf Federation, this native of Bilbao has considerably promoted the practice of this sport in the Basque Country despite the fact that the pandemic has stopped several projects he had in hand.
“From the PGA of Spain we express our sincere condolences to the family. DEP”, was launched after learning the news. The first edition of the “Bizkaia PGAe Open” golf tournament, the most important held in Biscay during of the current century, will take place from September 12 to 17 in the public course of Meaztegi, organized by PGAe and the Provincial Council of Bizkaia .
The tournament, the most important of those to be held in the Basque Country in 2022, will be scored for the national professional golf ranking and also for the amateur world ranking, so it will bring together the best national golfers and international representation players .
This will be the fifth test of the PGA Spain Tour 50th anniversary season of the PGA of Spain. This new competition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the PGAe, the Association of Golf Professionals in Spain, which brings together professional players and is the oldest professional sports association.
One of the objectives of the “Bizkaia PGAe Open” is to bring golf closer to the population of Bizkaia, taking advantage of the existence of a public course like that of Meaztegi. Parallel to the professional tournament, a Pro-Am tournament will take place in which amateur golfers will have the opportunity to compete against professional players.
This tournament, which will also have a charitable vocation, will also serve to remember the figure of Carlos Celles, recently deceased, one of the pioneers of golf in Spain, settled in Biscay since 1960 and one of the founders of the PGA.