Ladies’ Italian Open: Marchirand and Givens in the lead after the first lap

Nobilio and Cowley from Milan are one shot away. Nine in all the blue in the field in Margara

With more and more attention paid to the female world, golf has taken the opportunity to play its card. Thus the Ladies Italian Open, the highest national professional tournament in its category, is back on the calendar after seven years of darkness (28 – 30 May). At the Golf Margara di Fubine (Alessandria) 126 players are on the field for a prize pool of 200 thousand euros, including some amateur invited to participate. No public (which according to the government decree will be admitted from next week), but many smiles, enthusiasm and congratulations for the hospitality and conditions of the camp. This is the atmosphere that reigns in the Ladies European Tour races, where the going gets tough but always with great willingness on the part of the girls.

A competitive track

The Lolli Ghetti circuit in Margara is highly appreciated, which after all (with the one coming next July) has signed 22 tournaments between the Challenge Tour and the Omnium National Championship, thanks to a team consolidated over the years between the secretariat and the pitch. To do the honors is Maria Amelia Lolli Ghetti, who also holds the role of deputy vice president of Federgolf. He says: “We have the Ladies’ Open again because President Franco Chimenti strongly believes in the female role, just think of the many women who work in the Federation, those present in the Council and my role as her deputy, the first woman among all the federations of the Coni. And then it’s the right year, at the Augusta Women’s Amateur last April we had five girls in the field: apart from the United States, no countries better than us. ”

A couple in command

After the first lap (best of three, with a cut after 36 holes and a grand finale reserved for the top 60 and a tie), leading the leaderboard they are the French amateur Lucie Marchirand and the English Eleanor Givens, never won before: their score 66 (6 strokes under par on the field). Right behind with 67 are two. The nineteen year old Milanese amateur Alessia Nobilio (she scored seven birdies and two bogeys) who had previously won a national competition in Margara. In his score “the drive always in the center of the track, excellent short irons and many balls close to the auction that allowed me to pocket a lot”, he said. Only 28 putts. “The field suits me a lot, I love the parklands where you have to place the tee shot and hard and fast greens. We will see where the flags will be placed in the next few laps. “He is in the company of Gabriella Cowley, 25 years old from London, first victory less than a month ago in Great Britain, the first race of the Rose ladies Series. They are not too far from the top two past winner (both in par) like the Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord (2009 title) and Trish Johnson (2007), English player who made the history of the circuit: projects since 1987, 396 tournaments played, 19 wins, ten top ten in the order of merit continental and number one in 1990. The will to win hasn’t changed and his game still has a lot to say. Her march on the European tour started with the great Stephanie Kyriacou, Rookie of the year 2020 and a title already in her pocket, continues. Late, however, the English Florentyna Parker (+2), who we had seen win in Perugia in 2014 the last Italian Open played. Nine in all the blues on the field. Below par Giulia Molinaro (-2), engaged for years in the United States, the other amateur Carolina Melgrati and Roberta Liti (-1). Late Giulia Sergas and Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (+4), Virginia Elena Carta in the first proette race (+5), Stefania Croce (+8); the stiff neck forced Veronica Zorzi to retire.

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Ladies’ Italian Open: Marchirand and Givens in the lead after the first lap