International golf tournament for European airports and airlines

Last week we and Adria Airways held the 1st 66-yard first flight international golf tournament at the Kings Course at Bled. This brought together European airlines, European airports and their partners to celebrate the pioneer of Slovenian aviation, Edvard Rusjan.

We brought the life story of the first Slovenian aviator to more than a hundred participants from Slovenia and the rest of the world. In the spirit and image of the tournament and the entire accompanying programme there was a return to the early 20th century, bringing it closer to our current era. The golfers competed for 25 prizes in two groups (avio and guests). Airport representatives also took on airline representatives for an additional team prize, sporting luck on this occasion favouring the latter.

The tournament was an 18-hole Stableford competition, and is set to become a regular fixture. The tournament was held under the amateur status rules of the Royal and Ancient, local rules approved the tournament committee, the EGA Handicap System 2007/10 and the rules of the Golf Association of Slovenia.

Those participating in the accompanying programme had a tour of Bled and its surroundings, and attended a retro golf school, before competing to hit the ball 66 yards, the length of Rusjans first flight. The official close of the tournament was a flight by a replica of Eda 5, made by constructor Albin Novak, part of the legacy of the first Slovenian aviator.

One of the golfers competing was the CEO of Munich Airport, Dr Michael Kerkloh, who after the tournament said: I would like to thank Aerodrom Ljubljana and Adria Airways for organising this exceptional event. My compliments to the organisers for an unforgettable weekend in Bled. I am delighted to have been able to take part.

For more information about the golf tournament see www.aa-golf.si, while the life and achievements of Edvard Rusjan are described in detail at www.edvard-rusjan.it/russlo.html.

Brnik, 28 August