2019 NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMPIONS
The Grand Final of the Drive Tour was held in early November, over two days, at the Montado Hotel & Golf Resort in Palmela, to determine the 2019 National Champions in the youth categories, from U12 to U18, in boys and girls.
The tournament featured the top 10 boys and the top four girls in each category of the Drive Ranking, considering only their top three scores from the five previous regular tournament; and with the first 14 in U12 boys. The ational champions would be the athletes who finished the season in first place in their ranking.
It was a confirmation tournament, given that all the newly-honored National Champions were the leaders of their rankings at the start of the Grand Final, namely Daniel Rodrigues (Miramar) and Filipa Capelo (Quinta do Lago) in U18; Tomás Mician (Vilamoura) and Leonor Medeiros (Quinta do Peru) in U16; Alberto Costa Marques (Miramar) and Ana Rodrigues (Miramar), in U14; and Tomás Araújo (Miramar), in U12. Ana Rodrigues and Tomás Araújo revalidated the titles at their level, while the absolute National Champion Daniel Rodrigues succeeded the title of U16 in 2018 with U18 in 2019. Rodrigues succeeds Ricar
do Garcia (Terceira Island) , who was 6th in this years Grand Final, on the list of winners.
There were three Grand Final tournament winners who did not finish first in their rankings, but instead took advantage of the 525 points accumulated by the win (350 points in the regular round) to become runners-up.
They were Matilde Fernandes (Miramar), who won the U18 after a play-off with Teresa Alves (Porto); Afonso Rodrigues (brother of Ana and Dani) in U14; and Gabriel Sardo (Quinta do Fojo), in U12. The other national runners-up were Pedro Silva (Miramar) at U18, João Miguel Pereira (Quinta do Peru) and Sofia Sá (Quinta do Peru), both at U16, and Constança Mendonça (Orizonte) at U14. Among champions and runners-up, Miramar was the club with the most titles collected, with 7. Followed Quinta do Peru, with 3.