South Beach International Amateur in Miami

In Miami Beach, Florida, the South Beach International Amateur, born in 2011 and now in its 13th edition, will be held from 19 to 22 December

by Andrea Gussoni
South Beach International Amateur in Miami
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In Miami Beach, Florida, the South Beach International Amateur, born in 2011 and now in its 13th edition, will be held from 19 to 22 December. Nine Italian players take part: Lucas Nicolas Fallotico, Marco Florioli, Giovanni Daniele Binaghi, Pietro Guido Fenoglio, Tommaso Zorzetto, Luca Memeo, Alessandro Nardini, Eugenio Bernardi and Tommaso Rossin.

The staff is made up of Alberto Binaghi, Technical Commissioner of the Men's National Amateur Team, and Alain Vergari, Deputy Technical Commissioner.

South Beach International Amateur, schedule

The competition will take place over the distance of 72 holes stroke play.

In the field there will be 210 players who will alternate on the courses of the Miami Beach Golf Club and the Normandy Shores Golf Course in the first two rounds. After 36 holes, the best 72 and the tied for 72nd place who will compete on the Miami Beach Golf Club will advance to the last two rounds.

In addition to the Italians, there will be numerous other European players including the Welshman Tom Bostow, the French Quentin Debove and Hugo LeGoff , the Ukrainian Lev Grinberg and the Dutch Jerry Ji. South Beach is a part of Miami Beach, Florida that includes the southernmost 23 blocks of an island separating the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.

This area was the first in Miami Beach to be developed as early as 1910, thanks to the efforts of Carl G. Fisher, the Lummus brothers, John S. Collins, and others. The area has gone through many changes brought about by both man and nature, including great economic growth, tourist development and the 1926 hurricane that destroyed much of it.

South Beach was initially used for agriculture. In 1870, Henry and Charles Lum bought 165 acres of land (668,000 m²) to grow coconuts. Charles Lum built the first beach house in 1886. In 1894, the Lum brothers abandoned the island, selling the plantation to John Collins, who arrived two years later to control the land.

He exploited the land for cultivation, discovering several water sources and extending his plot from 14th Street to 67th Street in 1907. In 1912, the Lummus brothers, Miami businessmen, bought 400 acres (1.6 km²) of land from Collins to build a town of modest single-family homes by the ocean.

In 1913 Collins began building a bridge from Miami to Miami Beach. Although other residents invested in the bridge, Collins found himself short of money before the work was completed.