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Villas&Golfe Anniversary

20 years of a brand that makes all the difference

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«Drenched tournament, blessed tournament». These were some of the words uttered by Paulo Martins, CEO of PM media, in a moment of relaxation, when the rain poured down and forced a halt to the tournament. The day was October 30, and around 60 participants were playing in the legendary Villas&Golfe International Cup, in an exclusive format, at the new Herdade do Pinheirinho course, in Melides.
In truth, a large part of the country was being battered by a strong storm since the day before. But that did not deter the various illustrious figures, well known in the golf, television, business and corporate world, from taking part in the event that has become an indelible mark of memorable moments of sport, sophistication, glamour and lifestyle.
Interestingly, the 200-hectare property owned by VIC Properties, where the magnificent Par 72 golf course, designed by architect Jorge Santana da Silva, is located, seemed to manage to avoid the storm. Until everyone was forced to withdraw that is, without cause for alarm. Not least because the very best was made of the moment: with refreshing drinks, replenishing snacks and the exchange of a few words of conversation.

The enthusiasm of the players confirmed that the course had been the right choice

A little later, the sky began to give in again, and in between a few more showers, very few players gave in. Most were not intimidated in the least and played to the end, taking advantage of the challenging tees, the green landscape and, of course, the longest hole in Portugal. The enthusiasm of the players confirmed that, despite the sun refusing to put his hat on, the course had been the right choice to host the Villas&Golfe International Cup in a year of special significance, it being the 20th anniversary year of Villas&Golfe magazine.
So, when the players finished and handed in their score cards, trolleys and bags were packed away, and clothes and shoes were changed, for it was time to get ready for the V&G 20th Anniversary Commemorative Sunset, at the Beach Club Sublime Comporta, where dinner was served, before the tournament’s awards ceremony which, apart from VIC Properties, was sponsored by HYLINE and SAMSUNG; and also by F. REGO, Aston Martin and Sublime Comporta, among various other partners.
20th Anniversary of Villas&Golf magazine Commemorative Sunset

And thus, on a warmer and drier evening, friends, partners and guests of PM media gathered in this beautiful space to continue the festivities, which included lots of laughs and surprises. One of them was the presentation of V&G’s rebranding, which came wrapped up in a special issue where you can find interviews with 20 personalities who have marked the last two decades and a work which recalls the main moments of this country and the world, since the creation of our publication.

MOST WERE NOT INTIMIDATED IN THE LEAST AND PLAYED TO THE END, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE CHALLENGING TEES

But, of course, one of the most eagerly awaited moments was the Villas&Golfe International Cup awards ceremony. José Carlos Sousa, with 40 point, took first place in the NET category. Followed by António Pereira, also with 40 points. And finally, in third place, Bernardo Vasconcellos, with 37 points. In the GROSS category, the winner was Abílio Gonçalves, with 30 points. Jorge Custódio came second, ending with 26 points. And finally, Luís Santos with 25 points. In the female special categories, only Manuela Domingues got the Longest Drive classification. Jorge Moreira won Nearest to The Pin for men and Bhupendar Singh the Longest Drive for men.
At the end of the night and just before cutting the cake and toasting to 20 years of Villas&Golfe magazine, Paulo Martins took the floor again to thank his partners and friends who have accompanied him over these two decades.

«THE ORGANISERS ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED, FOR THE JOY OF THE GAME AND FOR CHOOSING THIS SPECTACULAR COURSE, WHICH IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION»

And if there were any doubts about the meaning and impact of our brand in the lives of those present, Abílio Gonçalves spoke on behalf of everyone when, after receiving his award, he thanked the quality of these events.
«Villas&Golfe has an above-par international tournament, which provides all participants, in addition to the prizes, with a very good atmosphere.» Adding that, even with rain, it was all worth it: «The organisers are to be congratulated, for the joy of the game and for choosing this spectacular course, which is in excellent condition».
What more can we say? We thank you all once again. Keep an eye out, because, before long, there will be more news.

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