Having said that, the 23rd event of this season’s RTM gathered 19 participants. Perfect golf weather with greens softer than usual, provided ample opportunities for players to post better than average scores.
First wire-to-wire victory
‘If it can happen, it will happen’ is the premise of Murphy’s Law. Not to say that the result of today’s tournament was coincidental, on the contrary, today’s event was special in that the winner, - Marco Sganga led from the starting hole, - first wire-to-wire victory this season.
Marco, a true golf enthusiast, first joined our tour in 2017. Although, Marco has an Italian passport, he could be best described as a ‘citizen of the world’, having lived extensively in Brazil, before coming to Latvia. A score of 85 (net -6) was enough to fight of probably the biggest surprise of this season, - Mr. Ivars Grunte also known as The Advocate.
National team players in danger?
Unfazed by recent events in political circles, Mr.Grunte posted one of the better scores this season, a solid 74 (+2). What makes this even more remarkable, is the fact, that he outplayed some of the most potent candidates for Latvia’s Golf National Team. Which also begs the question: will he consider making a comeback to the National Team (at least on the semi playing/coaching level)? He is certainly playing at an elevated level now, and his experience and ability to motivate and empower players could be of significant use to our National Team. The third place was shared by Oleg Chernikov and Lauris Mezsargs, both of whom played even par to their handicap.
What is RTM?
As one can see, RTM has evolved into a multi-national amateur golf tour. We are an innovative tour, that welcomes change, initiative, innovation, and grand ideas. Eventually, we envision ourselves as being a global amateur tour, where participants (regardless of their skill and handicap), can not only compete among themselves, but also network and build lasting relationships outside the game of golf.
In the next decade or so, the idea is to develop “sister” tours across the Baltic and Nordic states under the RTM umbrella, where a specified number of winners would qualify to compete in the grand finale, a tournament that would crown the best overall amateur RTM participant.
With the advances in drone technology and online content streaming, would it not be fun to finally watch competitive amateur golf in a controlled setting? It is one thing to watch professionals, but would it not be much more entertaining to watch two amateurs ‘go at-it’ on the 18th hole with whom we could finally relate to?
Perhaps technology is not quite there yet, but there are certainly indications, that tournaments like this could be streamed over the internet, with minimal equipment and professional labor in the foreseeable future.
Some skeptics might argue that this is dreaming and that none of this will ever take place. But let us not forget, that the most important thing in any business or activity is the fact that people want to use it, à la, WhatsUpp, Uber, or Instagram, we feel that RTM creates utility that will always be valued and needed, - great emotions, comradery, competitiveness, friendship and priceless memories. So long as people will seek those things in life, there will always be a place for RTM. We have come a long way already, but with open minds and a little help in innovation and technology we can go way beyond what we ever dreamed off.