At the Ladies Italian Open to dispel a taboo and celebrate the first success of an Italian in the most important trophy of Italian golf. This is the goal of the 9 blue who, from 28 to 30 May at the Margara Golf Club in Fubine Monferrato (Alessandria), in Piedmont, will look for the feat in the 25 edition of the women’s Open which returns to the calendar of the Ladies European Tour 7 years after the last time (in 2014 at the GC Perugia, in Umbria).
Ladies Italian Open, schedule
The “Regione Piemonte Pro-Am” will precede the big show in pink which will start with 24 teams, including the team led by Stefania Croce with the Paralympic players Alessandra Donati and Luisa Ceola.
Then it will get even more serious and the expectation for the Italians is high. From Giulia Molinaro to Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, from Roberta Liti to Virginia Elena Carta (in her first professional race), from Giulia Sergas (second in 2011) to Veronica Zorzi (runner up in 2005) and Stefania Croce.
Up to the two young Lombard amateurs, Carolina Melgrati and Alessia Nobilio, on the pitch alongside the big names. These are the Italian golfers in the field among the 126 players who will compete for the trophy and a total prize money of 200,000 euros.
In history, the Italians have obtained 4 second places: in addition to those of Sergas and Zorzi there are also those (in 2000 and 2002) of Silvia Cavalleri (absent this year). To make the big voice, in the history of the tournament, also and above all the English with 7 successes (4 of which, absolute record of the tournament, signed by Laura Davies, timeless champion) in front of Spain (4) and Australia (3).
And to defend the title will be a British player, Florentyna Parker, champion in 2014. Among the past winners here are the Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord (who scored in 2009) and another English one, Trish Johnson (champion in 2007).
Among the favorites for the title, the Australian Stephanie Kyriacou, the British Alice Hewson and the Welsh Amy Boulden. At the Ladies Italian Open with an eye also to the Olympics. The tournament will be an important viaticum for qualifying for the Tokyo Games which will end on June 28th.
And in this case it will be the blue derby with Giulia Molinaro (who represented Italy, together with Sergas, in Rio de Janeiro 2016) and Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso from Turin among the most accredited for a place in Japan.
But Roberta Liti also looks at the Games and the challenge between the blue, at the Ladies Italian Open – staged behind closed doors due to Covid – it is therefore also “Olympic”