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In 2011, the MGA Executive took the initiative to revitalise the forgotten “Father & Son” competition and with the assistance of the RMGC Captain’s Committee organised the first edition of the Generation Cup which embraced the possibility for a generation relationship between the two players that made up the ‘team’. Furthermore, players under 18 years of age, who had no golfing relatives, were afforded the opportunity to be ‘adopted’ by an RMGC member.
That first edition was won by Vincent Curmi and his grandson Bernard Cassar Torregiani. The Generation Cup was played over the next eight years without fail until COVID intervened. The MGA missed the opportunity to hold the 10th edition in 2022 but, again with the cooperation of the RMGC Captain’s Committee, it was possible to bring back the competition within the RMGC calendar for 2023. Played on Sunday 17th December, the competition was a poignant reminder of the sad loss of its first winner, Vincent, who passed away unexpectedly a few days earlier.
Sixteen teams braved the inclement weather on the day to play in the main tournament over 18 holes of play in a Texas Scramble net medal format. Another seven teams played in the subsidiary competition over nine holes whilst five other teams either withdrew or retired from the competition due to the weather or ill health.
Meant for very young Junior Academy players accompanied by an adult, the subsidiary competition was won by Cai Denaro and his grandfather Victor, with a net score of 35, just one shot ahead of Arthur Hotier Glasper who was adopted by Dominic Yoko. Oscar Bielek adopted by Rayan Husni Bay, with a further stroke back, placed third.
With a net 56, the main competition was won by Alex Ganado who was adopted by Andy Borg. At only nine years of age, this was Alex’s first 18-hole tournament but under the guidance of Andy’s experienced hands the team performed incredibly well to win the competition a clear seven shots ahead of Laurens Schulze Doering and his adopted player, Antonio Bianco, who pipped William and Nicholas Beck on countback for second place.
William Beck
President
Malta Golf Association