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A great success for the 1st Edition of “Les Drives de Saint-Tropez à Madère”! Part of the LDST Tour 2011, the participants were delighted by the dynamism and the warm welcome of the local authorities especially from the Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Albuquerque, during this eventful week of festivities and golf.
A success also due to Ricardo Abreu, the “Santo da Serra Golf “Director – course referenced in the Rolex Guide of the Top 1000 Best Golfs in the World – and Michael Otto, “Palheiro Golf” Director, golf course referenced by the Golf World Magazine among the Top 100 courses in Europe.
The flawless organization of this 1st Edition of “Les Drives de Saint-Tropez” Competition in Funchal, the Capital of Madeira, allowed about a 50 privileged players among the visitors and the members of these two exceptional golfs, to participate to the qualifying Tournament of the European amateur “LSDT Tour” on May 5th and 6th. The Top 3 of each course in gross qualified to participate to a Super Finale on the October 14th at Gassin Golf Country Club, just before the 5th Pro-Am of St Tropez 2011 to Play in the Team of the British Champion Philip Golding.
This successful event was well orchestrated by Miguel Caldeira (Director of Charming Hotels Group Madeira), in coordination with the Tourism Secretary and all the local Partners, who were mobilized all over the island to make a festive Saint-Tropez week, starting with a Welcome Party in a picturesque fishermen village “Camara de Lobos”, and during all the stay, in the City, at Funchal City Hall, in the colourful streets with the traditional Parade of the Flower Festival, then at both Golf courses during the two qualifying “Drives de Saint-Tropez” Competitions, ending at the private residence of the Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Albuquerque with a visit of his amazing rose garden with its 17 000 coloured and perfumed roses.
The Hotel Quinta Das Vistas, home of “Les Drives de Saint Tropez in Funchal” is located in a unique site with a Panoramic view of the Funchal Bay. On May 7th, from its terrace which offers a magnificent point of view on the Atlantic Ocean, the Hotel held the Prize giving Ceremony and Party of “Les Drives de Saint-Tropez à Madère” with an excellent gastronomic dinner in presence of the Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Albuquerque, who later in the evening played with his Band. Then, as a Saint-Tropez Tradition, a White Party followed in the exclusive Café Teatro and vibrated with the magical sounds of Sam Martin DJ who came especially from Saint Tropez for the occasion until the dusk… Also, during the whole week, a photographic exhibition about “Saint-Tropez by famous Photographers” was being held at the Teatro main Exhibition Hall.
On Saturday, another sumptuous Gala evening “Charity Flower Ball” was held at the Pastana Casino Park Hotel and welcomed all the Personalities of Funchal and the main land.
A sea outing on a Catamaran surrounded by dolphins ended the week for the golfers and their guests. Everything went on wonderfully, as a pastoral symphony, crescendo and without a wrong note. Everyone was delighted and looks forward to a 2nd Edition of “Les Drives de Saint Tropez in Funchal” next year, most probably from May 31st to June 4th 2012. This is a dreamful occasion for Golf players to discover this spectacular destination.
Not to forget that a symbolic Atlantic and Mediterranean Union was signed between Funchal and Saint-Tropez which gives perspective to a durable Partnership between these two unique cities.
All the results and ranking of the LDST Tour will be available on a mini site especially made for i-phones, i-pads, and smartphones…
During the whole season, we will meet with more than 3000 Golf Players in 40 Golf different Competitions in more than 7 European Countries. French Golf courses representing the major part of this 2nd Edition of les Drives de Saint-Tropez Tour.
In total, the Prize giving offered will be worth 200 000 Euros and the organization of a Super Finale for the Top 3 Golfers of each Club at Gassin Golf Country Club which will give the opportunity to the 3 finalist to play the 5th Pro-Am of Saint-Tropez with Philip Golding Team, the French Open 2003 and Paris Open winner this year, twice winner of the Pro-Am of Saint-Tropez.
The Super Finale will be held on Friday, October 14th 2011, and top 3 winner will be announced at Official opening Party of the 5th Pro-Am of Saint-Tropez at le Château de la Messardière, in presence of the Mayor Tropez Mr Jean-Pierre Tuveri.and Philip Golding himself.
Calendar of upcoming major events in Saint-Tropez :
– 3rd Saint Tropez Ladies’Amateur June 21st /22nd, 2011
– 4th France India Business Cup October 12th/13th, 2011
– 5th Pro-Am of Saint-Tropez October 14th /15th /16th, 2011
(with a Media Cup on Friday 14th )
Les Drives de Saint-Tropez will also be present in Sandwich at the British Open and in Saint Andrews for the 1st World Golf Forum the last week-end of October. An event to be announced will take place on this occasion…
The official program and the LDST TOUR 2011 Calendar can be found online www.lesdrivesdesaint-tropez.com/golf-ldst-tour.php. A complete article of the Legends magazine on the Madeira Golf is accessible online http://www.lesdrivesdesaint-tropez.com/saint-tropez-magazine.php pages 24 to 27.
Note that the Golf of Porto Santo island, which has welcomed the European Tour Madeira European, was designed by the regretted Spanish Legendary Champion Severiano Ballesteros.
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