Panamanian golf is ready for the Valledupar 2022 Bolivarian Games

By TVMAX 06/25/2022 - 12:35 PM


06/25/2022 – 12:35 PM

Panama will present itself with a competitive team and with high hopes of achieving great results at the XIX Bolivarian , which are held from June 24 to July 5 in , Colombia.

Panama will be represented by 3 of its best golfers today. These are the players Miguel Ordóñez and Raúl Carbonell, who qualified in the APAGOLF TOUR 2022 of the Panama Golf Association (APAGOLF Tour) and Carla Álvarez, the player best positioned in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).

These three golfers are part of the Panamanian Olympic Committee delegation (165 athletes and 58 coaches), which will see action at the Valledupar Games. Golf will start playing on June 28 and the Panamanian team travels this Sunday, endorsed by APAGOLF and the Panama Olympic Committee.

Ordóñez, considered one of the best players in the region, has just won our National Championship (El Isthmian 2022) and is currently ranked 193 in the WAGR. “I am very excited to compete with the best players in the region. I have tried to prepare myself as well as possible and face this beautiful challenge,” he said.

“I have the advantage that the Panama Olympic Committee will take a therapy to Bogotá and I have already had conversations to set up some appointments, that will help me physically, on the field, I already had the experience of playing it,” he added.

For his part, Carbonell stressed that this is the second time he has participated in these Games. He added that playing again in this tournament and representing Panamanian golf, which has been making good strides, is a great honor. He said that he had just played in Guatemala the Volcanoes Cup in which he finished in fifth place. He added that 2022 has treated him very well, his swing is in good shape and he has won two tournaments in five months.

Álvarez, for his part, highlighted feeling very excited, honored and proud to be able to represent the country in the Bolivarianos. “It is a unique experience and I am glad to know that the Olympic Committee and APAGOLF trust me to give my best in such a prestigious tournament. I will do my best to leave Panama at the top,” she commented.

Carbonell, Laura Restrepo and Mike Norman represented Panama at the last Santa Marta Games in 2017. In the team competition Restrepo and Carbonell took the Bronze and in the women’s individual branch Restrepo took 4th place, while Norman was in 6th place in the male branch.

Text: Raphael Calvo