European Tour

Andalucía Masters – Torreguadiaro beach clean-up, a complete success

October 16, 2021 – The Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters has once again confirmed that it is much more than just a great golf tournament thanks to the initiative set up by the European Tour and the San Roque City Council to clean the Torreguadiaro beach. Hundreds of volunteers, students, and local residents joined the efforts of Santiago Tarrío and Alejandro Cañizares, two of the best Spanish players in this week’s field.

This initiative is part of the European Tour’s Green Drive programme, created to promote social and environmental responsibility and generate a positive impact in terms of sustainability. The clean-up took place on Tuesday 12 with an immediate and visible effect, as volunteers were busy picking up litter and micro plastics in this wonderful environment of the San Roque coastline.

Every year almost eight million tonnes of plastic waste go to the sea. This is extremely harmful to marine and human life, as it contributes to the reduction of biodiversity and the extinction of species. The Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters team organised this beach clean-up operation with the single objective of collecting as much plastic and rubbish as possible in order to make the beach and the sea cleaner and safer for everyone.

The two players who volunteered, Santiago Tarrio and Alejandro Cañizares, worked with enthusiasm and praised this initiative promoted by the local entities and the tournament sponsors.

“Activities like these help make us all better. At the end of the day it’s not just about playing golf; we must teach the next generation the wonderful values of golf, and these initiatives show something more important that the game  ̶ that we must respect the environment to respect ourselves,” said Tarrío.

“The amount of rubbish that litters our beaches is just incredible, and we must realize at once that taking care of our environment is taking care of ourselves. I hope this will go beyond San Roque, Andalusia and Spain because it’s a global problem that we must resolve together. It costs nothing to help and not pollute”, said Alejandro Cañizares.

The volunteers were rewarded for their efforts and commitment as the first 200 participants received a pass to enter the Real Club Valderrama on Saturday and enjoy the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters.

We would like to thank the San Roque City Council, the International School of Sotogrande for bringing so many young people, and the volunteers. They were able to collect 230 kilos of rubbish between them and left the Torreguadiaro beach cleaner.