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.