The Madeira Golf Trophy, which completed its sixth edition in June, is the direct heir of the Tournament Cidade do Funchal, which took place for the first time in 2008, as a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the city of Funchal. Disputing uninterruptedly until 2013. After two years of interregnum (2014 and 2015) it returned in 2016, already with its current name, to become the most important social tournament of the Santo da Serra Golf Club (SSGC), and one of the most desirable at the national level.
This year's edition had a record number of 141 participants, including Madeiran, continental and international golfers (Germany and Austria) who challenged the Serra's – Machico course, on an excellent day for golfing: clear skies (enabling magnificent views), little wind and mild temperatures.
In addition to the SSGC, players from 22 national clubs participated: Porto GC; Orizonte; Belas; Aroeira; Seniores; Estoril; Tigres do Bosque; Engenheiros; Economistas; Braga; Rilhadas; ACP Golf; Arquitectos; Lisbon SC; Quinta do Peru; Dunas; Sporting Golf; Vale Pisão; Club Benfica; Castro Marim GC; Évora e Atlântico.
A home player won. Francisco Octávio Fernandes was the best Net, with 42 points, surpassing Giuseppe Sofra, also from the SSGC, with 40, and the third, José Carlos Lourinho (Economists) with 38.
In Ladies, Gilda Paredes Alves (Estoril) recorded a fantastic round of 39 points Net, becoming the champion of this edition, with a 1 point advantage over home golfer Teresa São Marcos and four points over Filomena Gonçalves, also from SSGC.
The best Gross result was for José Maria Cazal Ribeiro (Lisbon SC) with 75 strokes: 3 over par. The special awards went to Francisco Cazal Ribeiro (Moraleja G C) and Lucie Hájková (ACP Golf), for Longest Drive. And to Sérgio Magalhães (Vale Pisão) and Filomena Gonçalves (SSGC), for Closest to the Hole.
Several members of the Madeira Regional Government were present at the event, such as President Miguel Albuquerque, at a dinner that featured musical moments and a fashion show by stylist Micaela Oliveira.
The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA Tour jointly announced early july that both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup have been rescheduled and will now be played one year later than originally planned.
At 56 years old, Pedro Lima Pinto is an unavoidable figure in national golf. He is the most visible face of Greatgolf, the career management agency he founded to help young Portuguese golfers. The agency currently represents five golfers, and has a fundamental rule: it only works with those who are dedicated exclusively to the game.