The European Disabled Golf Association has been announced as the Official Charity of the Portugal Masters

EDGA golfers with European Tour members at the 2018 Portugal Masters (Getty Images)
The European Disabled Golf Association has been announced as the Official Charity of the Portugal Masters, which takes place at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course from October 24-27.

EDGA changes the lives of people with disability through the power of golf. Made up of volunteers from the National Golf Federations from 29 countries around the world, its objective is to help more than half a million people living with a disability try the sport of golf.

All charitable funds raised by EDGA at the Portugal Masters from tournament draw sheet sales, a longest drive competition sponsored by Golfbreaks, taking place during Wednesday’s Pro-Am, and a raffle, with some fantastic prizes to be won, will help fund the delivery of training, education and programmes in the country.

The European Tour announced earlier this year its ‘Golfers with Disability’ programme, running, in conjunction with EDGA, two 36-hole tournaments for Golfers with Disability alongside two of this season’s biggest Rolex Series events.

The first, the EDGA Scottish Open, won by Irishman Brendan Lawlor, took place alongside the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, while the second, the EDGA Dubai Finale, will take place on the Friday and Saturday of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Tony Bennett, EDGA President and Head of Disability and Inclusion for the International Golf Federation, said: "EDGA is proud to be the official charity of the Portugal Masters. Both locally and internationally the support of the European Tour during the last four Portugal Masters continues to transform the lives of people. 

“EDGA has a deep connection to Portugal. Over the last six years, ten tournaments, and diverse development programmes in rehabilitation centres, schools and associations have been delivered in Portugal. Funds raised at the Portugal Masters have allowed EDGA to donate equipment, literature and provide training to professionals and coaches throughout the country. EDGA is finalising the translation of the book – Mulligan: Tough Love and Second Chances into Portuguese. 

“The backdrop of the Portugal Masters, together with clinics that will operate on the Saturday of the tournament are powerful testaments to the ability of players with impairments and showcase the positive impact of the game."

Peter Adams, Championship Director of the Portugal Masters, said: “We are proud to partner with EDGA once again as Official Charity of the Portugal Masters. Tony and the team at EDGA have done a wonderful job of raising awareness of disability golf in the country over the last six years, and we are delighted to welcome them back to Dom Pedro Victoria later this month.”

The European Tour and EDGA have worked together for more than ten years, but the relationship with the Portugal Masters only started in 2016. Initially a phone call from the Associação Turismo do Algarve was the catalyst for this as EDGA was invited to be the nominated charitable organisation. Over the last four years the relationship between the European Tour, the Portugal Masters and EDGA has flourished.

Tony Bennett added: “It is a natural fit for these three entities to work together, golf is the magnet that brings them together, and helping people with disability to enjoy the proven benefits of the game is a shared vision.”

Tickets for the Portugal Masters are available from €8 for juniors (ages 12-17), €17 for concessions and €20 for adults. Season tickets are available for €24 for juniors, €50 for concessions and €60 for adults. To purchase tickets, click here.

For more information about EDGA, please visit www.edgagolf.com.


Portugal Masters 2019 Vilamoura – 24-27 October

One of the most popular tournaments on the European golf tour returns to the Algarve for the 13th straight year. The Portugal Masters, with prize money of €1.5 million euros is the largest tournament held in Portugal. The oceanside resort of Vilamoura once again plays host to this prestigious event, taking place 24-27 October at the Dom Pedro Victoria Course.

With an area of about 90 hectares, the Victoria course is a par 72 championship course designed by American Arnold Palmer, a legend in the history of professional golf.

Defending champion (and two-time winner at the Portugal Master) Tom Lewis is back to take on a robust field of competitors. First to sign-on to challenge Lewis is Oliver Fisher, who carded the first 59 in European Tour history.

Portugal Masters
Dom Pedro Victoria Course


Online Tickets:
■ Pro Am Day – Wednesday, 23 September – €12.00
■ Adult Ticket, Any One Day – €20.00
■ Adult Tournament Ticket – €60.00
■ Adult Day Senior (60 years and older) – €17.00 

*Tickets bought at the door increase in price.


Global Volatility Drives Demand for European Residence Programs

Brexit, Bolsonaro, and the ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong are all contributing towards a significant spike in interest in the Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program and the Greece Golden Visa Program, according to Henley & Partners, a leading global investment migration firm.

Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise to deliver Brexit by 31 October — with or without an EU deal — coupled with concerns over the Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s commitment to democracy and eight weeks of escalating unrest in Hong Kong, has prompted many wealthy investors and families to look for alternative residence options beyond their national borders.

Portugal remains the top destination of choice, with the Portuguese Consulate General in Macau and Hong Kong last week confirming a flood of enquiries. Likewise, wealthy Brazilians are now among the top five nationalities investing in Portugal’s residence program which includes a minimum real estate investment option of EUR 350,000. More and more Brits are also considering an alternative residence in the EU as Brexit and its potential consequences become more apparent and the countdown begins in earnest.

Dr. Juerg Steffen, Chief Executive Officer of Henley & Partners, says investment migration programs are designed to manage the combination of risk and opportunity. “On the one hand, they create security: reliably diversifying risk through greater protection from volatile markets and political instability. On the other hand, residence- and citizenship-by-investment programs permit access to a significantly expanded suite of opportunities for travel, investment, and influence. In both cases, the benefits that accrue from having multiple citizenship and/or residencies creates significant and unique value for the investor that goes beyond simply providing political risk insurance.”

Henley & Partners is also seeing a significant uptick in interest in the Greece Golden Visa Programwhich requires a minimum property investment of EUR 250,000 and a pathway to citizenship after seven years of residence. With the current tourism boom, acquiring real estate in Greece is now one of the most profitable types of investments, with ample opportunities for capital appreciation in a depressed real estate market. From being on the brink of bankruptcy a decade ago, Greece is quickly becoming a leading destination for entrepreneurs, remote workers, and digital nomads due to its exceptional and relatively low cost of living.

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