Former EPPA/FIPPA Secretary honoured
Martin Whitelaw lauded as Catalan Pitch and Putt founder.
Recently, a tribute was paid in Platja d’Aro to Martin Whitelaw, founder of the first Pitch and Putt course in Catalonia.
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the origin of Pitch and Putt in Catalonia - specifically on an estate in Solius (Santa Cristina d’Aro). That initiative promoted by the Irishman Martin Whitelaw represented the birth of a new sport in Catalonia.
Martin Whitelaw also played a prominent role in the sports and federation organization of the new sport. And not just in Catalonia, but was key to the development of international Pitch and Putt.
On Sunday, July 19, the Pitch and Putt community of the Vall d'Aro wanted to pay tribute to the former EPPA/FIPPA Genera; Secretary at the Serrallonga Open, an annual tournament organized by former Solius players who since 2005 have as headquarters Platja d'Aro Pitch and Putt .
The event was attended by the mayors of Santa Cristina and Platja d’Aro as well as the President of the Catalan Pitch and Putt Federation.
Joan Perich, as a representative of the Serrallonga Platja d’Aro Sports Club, gave an emotional speech thanking Martin for the initiative that has touched the lives of so many people, and presented him with a commemorative plaque. An emotional Martin took the floor and recalled great moments in the history of his former course, thanking all for the tribute.
The mayors spoke, and Lourdes Fuentes, as mayor of Santa Cristina, thanked Martin for choosing Santa Cristina to establish a facility that gave so much social and sporting satisfaction to the municipality. Maurici Jiménez highlighted that initiatives such as the Solius course bring many types of wealth to a territory, and that in this case, that initiative had brought a lot of positive things that still today, 30 years later, bear fruit.
The event was closed by the President of the Federation Jordi Torrent who highlighted the role of Martin Whitelaw in the growth and implementation of Pitch and Putt in Catalonia and the rest of Europe, as an important part of FIPPA (International Pitch and Putt Federation)