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When I met Gary Player

MR. RAMON ESPINOSA
GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT FROM EUROPE
PRESIDENT OF GARDEN & GOLF COMPANY

This is a story that my father always remembers, and about what he likes to talk. It has been a long time since my father, Ramón Espinosa, had the opportunity to meet Gary Player.
Ramón Espinosa is one of the most renowned Spanish golf course architect, being President of the EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS (ESGA), during 1994 to 1996. Ramon Espinosa is also the President of the international golf course construction company Garden & Golf, one of the best golf course construction companies in Europe.
It was 1973 when he first met Gary Player during the construction of 18 holes golf course in Spain. This golf course was and still is the “Golf El Paraíso”, which is one of the most established golf courses on the Costa del Sol, Spain.
After that wonderful experience, they worked together again in 1976 in a new golf course construction, “Almerimar Golf Resort” in Almería, south of Spain.
The understanding was so good and the golf course construction with Gary Player was so successful, that my father invited him to play the first tournament that his construction company organized in the golf course Las Lomas del Bosque, in Madrid (Spain). This company was IBERGOLF.
In this tournament, there were players like Brian Huggett, Jerry Heard, Tony Jacklin, and also a very young new player Severiano Ballesteros.
Nothing to say about the tournament winner…… Of course, as you can see in one of the pictures, it was Gary Player!
My father Ramon Espinosa always remembers fondly those great moments with Gary Player long time ago.
Attach to this document, you can see a picture of the Fist Ibergolf Tournament in Madrid and a picture signed from Gary to my father, Ramón.
Thank you Gary for those moments, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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