36 thou­sand spec­ta­tors

GOLFE - - SPECIAL REPORT -

For the sev­enth time in 11 years 36,000 tick­ets were ex­ceeded in five days (36,083), but this time it was felt that, for the first time, there was more of a Por­tuguese au­di­ence, high­lighted by hun­dreds of chil­dren in at­ten­dance. On the 1st tee and upon their ar­rival at the 18th hole were the loud­est mo­ments of the week ex­pe­ri­enced by the two Por­tuguese Olympic ath­letes, and the en­thu­si­as­tic pro­ces­sion fol­low­ing both of them after fin­ish­ing the tour­na­ment gave hope of growth in the game. “I re­mem­ber a few years ago be­ing one of them and walk­ing there in the mid­dle,” Melo Gou­veia told Sky Sports. “It is won­der­ful to see these chil­dren and who knows if one day one of them will not play bet­ter than what we did to­day,” said Lima.

Pela sé­tima vez em 11 anos se ul­tra­pas­saram as 36 mil en­tradas em cinco dias (36.083), mas desta vez sen­tiu-se que, pela primeira vez, havia mais público por­tuguês, com re­alce para cen­te­nas de cri­anças em festa. As par­tidas do bu­raco 1 dos dois atle­tas olímpi­cos por­tugue­ses e as suas chegadas ao bu­raco 18 foram, desta feita, os mo­men­tos mais rui­dosos da se­m­ana e a perseguição de que am­bos foram alvo de­pois de ter­minarem a prova de­ram es­per­ança de um efeito mul­ti­pli­cador de prat­i­cantes. “Eu lem­bro-me de há uns anos ser um de­les e an­dar ali no meio”, disse Melo Gou­veia à Sky Sports. “É mar­avil­hoso ver­mos es­tas cri­anças e quem sabe se um dia uma de­las não irá jogar mel­hor do que aquilo que nós fize­mos hoje”, declarou Lima.

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