Miguel Franco de Sousa is the new head of golf in Por­tu­gal. Re­cently elected pres­i­dent of Fed­er­ação Por­tuguesa de Golfe (FPG, Por­tuguese Golf Fed­er­a­tion), Franco de Sousa fore­sees the fu­ture of the game and aims at pro­mot­ing a revo­lu­tion in golf.


Af­ter sev­eral years at the FPG in ex­ec­u­tive func­tions, how do you feel in this new po­si­tion?

I have had roles on in­ter­na­tional bod­ies, like the Euro­pean Golf As­so­ci­a­tion, I was cap­tain of the Con­ti­nen­tal Europe team at the Jac­ques Leglise Tro­phy in three dif­fer­ent edi­tions, and I am also con­nected to the Euro­pean Tour. Th­ese func­tions al­lowed me to have a wide over­view of golf, not only in Por­tu­gal, but also in­ter­na­tion­ally. One of the premises of my can­di­dacy was that I’d be a full time pres­i­dent, one hun­dred per­cent avail­able to the FPG, and in that sense I will still hold ex­ec­u­tive func­tions. I will, nec­es­sar­ily, have a stronger role, also as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and I am fully aware that the next four years will be years of changes, both in the FPG and in terms of golf in gen­eral. And I want to be there, as this change is nec­es­sary, and has to be made in a struc­tured and fo­cused way, or we will not make the leap we all need. I am very mo­ti­vated and en­thu­si­as­tic about the work that is com­ing, and that will be un­der­taken by a team that is fully com­mit­ted to na­tional golf.

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