Lucie Malchirand defends Ladies Italian Open

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Lucie Malchirand defends Ladies Italian Open

It is the European Region of Sport 2022 and, for the second consecutive year, Piedmont will also be the home of the Ladies Italian Open presented by Regione Piemonte. The 26th edition of which, included in the calendar of the Ladies European Tour, the most important European female circuit, will be played from Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 June (with Pro-Am scheduled for Wednesday 1 June) at the Margara Golf Club in Fubine Monferrato (Alessandria) .

Where in 2021 the competition celebrated a quarter of a century (returning protagonist seven years after the last time), the queens of continental golf will compete for a prize pool of 200,000 euros. A show for everyone, with free and free admission (the competition was staged last year, due to Covid-19, behind closed doors), in agreement with the Infront official advisor.

And who will also see 10 blue in the race (against nine 12 months ago), of which four amateurs. The Frenchwoman Lucie Malchirand will defend the title.

Ladies Italian Open, schedule

The Ladies Italian Open presented by Regione Piemonte will be a field of absolute level, which will also see ten blue players on the field.

From Giulia Molinaro (who plays on the LPGA Tour, in 2021 she ranked third in a Major at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship) to Virginia Elena Carta who made her professional debut a year ago in this tournament. From Roberta Liti (seventh and best Italian last year) to Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso from Turin (who this year at her debut in 2022 won the Terre Blanche Ladies Open, on LET Access and represented, together with Molinaro, Italy at the Games of Tokyo), from Erika De Martini to Martina Flori.

Proette but not only. Because at the Margara Golf Club there will also be four amateurs: Benedetta Moresco (fresh from brilliant fourth place at the Augusta National Women's Amateur, the female Masters), Carolina Melgrati (among the surprises of the Ladies Italian Open in 2021, when she finished tenth), Francesca Fiorellini (budding talent who this year has already conquered the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur and was among the architects of the European triumph at the PING Junior Solheim Cup and of the Continental Europe team at the Junior Vagliano Trophy in 2021) and Alessandra Fanali ( in California it recently won the Silverado Showdown, a US College competition).

With the blue who will pursue the feat: in the 25 editions played so far, no Italian has managed to win this tournament. Four second places instead signed by Silvia Cavalleri (2000 and 2002), Veronica Zorzi (2005) and Giulia Sergas (2011).

The French Malchirand will defend the title. Among the first names, also the Swedish Stark and the Norwegian Skarpnord - After the success (as an amateur that led her to immediately go professional) of last year, the young 19-year-old Frenchwoman Lucie Malchirand at the Margara Golf Club will try to become the first player , by Laura Davies (1987-1988), to realize the back-to-back.

The Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord (last year she conquered the Aramco Team Series London and boasts five affirmations on the LET) has already confirmed her presence on the field - in the Region that gave birth to the Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco - also the Norwegian of the Ladies Italian Open in 2009 (when she overtook the Davies which boasts the record of four exploits in the competition) at the Le Rovedine Golf Club in Milan.

The presence of the Swedish Maja Stark stands out in the field. Professional since 2021, the 22-year-old from Abbekås already boasts three titles on the LET thanks to the affirmations at the Creekhouse Ladies Open, the Estrella Damm Ladies Open and the Women's NSW Open, won last week in Australia (in her palmarès also a success on LET Access , in 2021 at the PGA Championship by Trelleborgs Kommun).

Currently at the top of the order of merit of the LET ("Race to Costa del sol"), she will therefore be among the stars of the Ladies Italian Open presented by Regione Piemonte. Game formula and prize pool. Admission will be free - 126 competitors will compete for a total prize money of 200,000 euros at the Margara Golf Club.

The event will be held over a distance of 54 holes with a cut after 36 which will leave the first 60 classified in the race and equal in 60th place. And admission will be free. The Margara Golf Club will host the Women's Italian Open for the second time - A golfing excellence surrounded by nature among hills, vineyards and the Alps in the background.

In Monferrato, a world heritage site, stands the Margara Golf Club, built in 1970 and completed in 1972. There are two competition fields, both with 18 holes. The first, "Path Glauco Lolli Ghetti" - in memory of the founder Glauco Lolli Ghetti, who was an Italian shipowner and sports manager, named Cavaliere del Lavoro in 1973 -, is surrounded by tall trees and allows you to play among oaks, willows and maple trees along the wide fairways that develop between the hills of Monferrato. The second, “The