It’s not just a trophy, it’s the symbol of the Portugal Masters!

It’s not just a trophy, it’s the symbol of the Portugal Masters!

The story behind a piece of art designed expressly for the country’s largest golf tournament

Portugal Masters - PreviewsDesigned by Susana Martins and owned by Turismo de Portugal, the three elements that make up the Portugal Masters trophy are a golf ball, several spherical rings and a tee. Made in silver and plated in white gold, the rings are in darkened filigree and the polished ball, supported on the tee, contains satin highlights to emphasise the dimples. It’s a beautiful and distinctive piece which, like the tournament, is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

When the Portugal Masters was launched in 2007, Lydia Monteiro was the director of the Communications Department at Turismo de Portugal and recalled the creative genesis of the trophy: “What we wanted was to find a graphic design that could encompass some identifiable values of the Portuguese nation. The goal was that the trophy should become the very symbol of the tournament.

“We contacted several universities and jewellery schools, had a briefing with all the stakeholders and subsequently began to evaluate the proposals from several candidates, and the winning proposal was chosen for it’s universalism. The golf ball is like the globe and the rings represent ancient navigation instruments – an activity that Portugal was once renowned for when it discovered the world. Indeed, the science of navigation is embodied in the design of our national flag”.

Today, Lydia Monteiro is responsible for Sales Support at Turismo de Portugal and freely admits: “it was a trophy that really amazed us, it gives me satisfaction and pride because I think we can really feel synergy in the piece, it’s very elegant, it contains elements of our history, elements of our traditional Portuguese goldsmiths, it’s associated with a sports activity, but it’s also an asset from the point of view of tourism.”

As usual the trophy will be on display during the week of the Portugal Masters, hosted by the Victoria golf course in Vilamoura. And at the end of the week it will be raised by the tenth Masters champion. All bets are accepted…

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