International Stars at the Ladies Italian Open



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International Stars at the Ladies Italian Open

The Ladies Italian Open is back, now in its 26th edition, which for the second year in a row will take place at the Margara Golf Club in Fubine Monferrato. The tournament, scheduled from 2 to 4 June, was presented yesterday in the "Transparency Room" of the Piedmont Region in Turin.

Federgolf president Franco Chimenti underlined how "golf is having particular success in this period with a great growth of practitioners" The biggest increase was recorded by the women's sector (+7.5% compared to May 2021) and Chimenti underlined it with satisfaction: "We are very happy that the women's Italian Open is confirmed once again this year among the most expectations of the Ladies European Tour.

I hope that the blue will be able to carve out a leading role in a high-level field. The Italian women's movement closed 2021 with extremely encouraging numbers. Being able to see the international champions in action in Italy will give further impetus to the increase in the number of players " The women's open is part of the Ryder Cup 2023 Project.

The general manager Gian Paolo Montali explained that "this project has the fulcrum of its sporting dimension in competitive competitions. The Ladies Italian Open, in addition to offering an opportunity for technical growth to all Italian players, represents an international showcase from a golf tourism point of view for Piedmont, which this week also hosts the Open d'Italia Disabili - Sanofi at Royal Park I Roveri.

After the launch of the "Golf è donna" project, the green is increasingly pink. "

Lucie Malchirand, Italy

If the Italians dream of a feat in Piedmont - in 25 editions, so far no Italian has managed to win this tournament - there are many international stars who present themselves as favorites.

After the success (as an amateur, which then led her to immediately switch to professionalism) of last year, the young 19-year-old Frenchwoman Lucie Malchirand will try to become the first player, since Laura Davies (1987-1988), to make the back-to- back in the tournament.

On the field there will also be six of the current ten best players in the order of merit of the circuit: the Swedish Johanna Gustavsson (number 2), the Finnish Tiia Koivisto (fifth and on target in 2022 at the Jabra Ladies Open), the South African Lee-Anne Pace (sixth, in her career she boasts, among her many successes, eleven titles on the LET and an affirmation on the LPGA Tour), the English Meghan MacLaren (eighth), the Spanish Ana Pelaez (ninth and recently scored at the Madrid Ladies Open), the Scottish Michele Thomson (tenth).

Piedmont is the second Italian region for golf and during the presentation the president of the region Alberto Cirio also connected from the outside: "After the great success of the Eurovision Song Contest music festival, the Ladies Italian Open is a new opportunity for international visibility that allows us to keep the attention high and to strengthen the image and attractiveness of the whole region ”.