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Top Pro-Am heads to Portugal

Vila Sol will continue the Mediterranean country’s long standing history with the Lombard Trophy

The Lombard Trophy final will be held at Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel after the PGA announced the climax to Europe’s largest pro-am is heading to the Portuguese hotspot from September 22-23.

More than 800 clubs from across the UK are set to take part in the tournament, which sees a club pro team up with an amateur to compete for the main prize.


The Lombard Trophy will see 14 regional finals spread throughout the UK with a total prize fund of £70,000 and £12,000 going to the winning PGA pro.

It is believed the move to Pestana will only act to enhance the event and the PGA has already started to see the benefits, with Coca Cola becoming support sponsors for the first time.

RuiGago, golf director for the Pestana Group, said: “It is great recognition for both us and for the region, which has each recently received golf awards.

“We believe the event will provide an exciting challenge for all of the competitors and we look forward to welcoming them here in September.”


Ian Isaac, head of Lombard, is also excited about the year ahead. He added: “Following the success of the Lombard Trophy in previous years, we’re delighted to once again be working with the PGA to offer the opportunity for professional and amateur golfers to play in this very exciting competition.”

If you’re interested in entering one of the 14 regional finals taking place across the UK with your club’s PGA pro, all you have to do is visit the PGA website, pga.info, print off the entry form for the 2016 Lombard Trophy, and follow the instructions to guarantee your place.

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