Augusta, Francesca Fiorellini dreams of feat

After a remarkable 2023, Francesca Fiorellini dreams of making a splash at the Augusta National Women's Amateur

by Andrea Gussoni
Augusta, Francesca Fiorellini dreams of feat
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After a remarkable 2023, Francesca Fiorellini dreams of making a splash at the Augusta National Women's Amateur. Everything is set for the fifth edition of the women's Masters, scheduled from tomorrow until Saturday, April 6, in the United States.

Among the 72 competitors, representing the best amateurs from around the world and hailing from 18 different nations, is the 18-year-old Italian. In Georgia, the event will unfold over 54 holes. The first two rounds, scheduled for April 3rd and 4th respectively, will be played at the Champions Retreat in Augusta.

The top 30 (and those tied for 30th place) will advance to the final round. After a practice day on Friday, April 5th, they will compete for the title at Augusta National, the hallowed grounds that will also host The Masters, the first men's Major of 2024, from April 11th to 14th.

Francesca Fiorellini,

Last year, Fiorellini first won the Junior Solheim Cup in Spain and then, in Rome, the Junior Ryder Cup. She kicked off 2024 with a victory in the national women's match play championship, the Giuseppe Silva Trophy.

Now, the Roman seeks to make the most of the coveted invitation to the American tournament. She will play the first two rounds alongside Americans Maisie Filler and Bailey Shoemaker, with her mentor, Enrico Trentin, serving as her caddie for the occasion.

Among the past winners in the field is American Anna Davis, who triumphed in 2022. Favorites for the title include Sweden's Ingrid Lindbald, the top-ranked amateur in the world, along with her compatriots Nora Sundberg and Meja Ortengren, Germany's Helen Briem, and Spain's Cayetana Fernandez.

Augusta National Golf Club, commonly known as Augusta National, Augusta, or the National, is a prestigious golf club located in Augusta, Georgia, United States. Unlike many private clubs, which operate as non-profits, Augusta National is structured as a for-profit corporation and maintains confidentiality regarding its finances, membership roster, and ticket sales.

Founded by golfing legends Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, the course was meticulously designed by Jones himself in collaboration with renowned golf course architect Alister MacKenzie. It officially opened for play in 1932.

Since 1934, Augusta National has been the esteemed venue for the annual Masters Tournament, one of the most prestigious events in professional golf and one of the four major championships in the sport. Notably, the Masters is the only major tournament held at the same course every year.

Augusta National has garnered widespread acclaim for its immaculate design and challenging layout. It was recognized as the top-ranked course in Golf Digest's 2009 list of America's 100 greatest courses. Additionally, it held the tenth position in Golfweek Magazine's 2011 list of the best classic courses in the United States, based on course architecture.

In 2019, Augusta National Golf Club expanded its influence in the golfing world by co-hosting the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur tournament alongside Champions Retreat Golf Club, further solidifying its status as a pioneer and leader in the sport of golf.