Boys/Girls-Marazza Trophy tricolors underway

The Italian golf scene is buzzing with excitement as the National Youth Championships and the Silvio Marazza Trophy are set to take place from May 11-13

by Andrea Gussoni
Boys/Girls-Marazza Trophy tricolors underway
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The Italian golf scene is buzzing with excitement as the National Youth Championships and the Silvio Marazza Trophy are set to take place from May 11-13. This prestigious event will unfold across two renowned golf courses: Golf della Montecchia in Selvazzano Dentro, Padua, and Golf Club Varese, featuring a total of 199 under-18 athletes ready to showcase their skills.

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At Golf della Montecchia, the competition will see 120 players teeing off, promising an unpredictable and fiercely contested event. Among the notable participants are promising Italian juniors like Carlo Roman, Lapo Francesco Bisazza, Luca Rimauro, Bruno Frontero, Giovanni Manassero, and Federico Randazzo, each capable of playing a leading role in the tournament.

Meanwhile, at Golf Club Varese, the field comprises 79 competitors, including last year's runners-up, Matilde Partele and Paris Appendino, who narrowly missed the top spot to Natalia Aparicio in a playoff. Appendino, who also finished second in 2022, will face strong competition this year.

Noteworthy challengers include Ginevra Coppa, Matilde Zocchi, Giulietta Bertero, Guia Vittoria Acutis, Noa Zocco, and Matilde Andreozzi, all of whom are seen as potential title contenders. Both tournaments will be contested over 72 holes, with the format including two rounds of 18 holes each during the first two days.

The top 51 players from each competition will then advance to the final day, where they will battle it out over 36 holes to clinch the championship. This format not only tests the young golfers' skills and endurance but also sets the stage for dramatic shifts in the leaderboard, ensuring an exciting finish to the championships.

The game of golf is governed by a set of standardized rules and procedures intended to ensure fair play and uniformity in the sport worldwide. These rules are jointly written and managed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St.

Andrews (R&A), which oversees the sport globally, with the exception of the United States and Mexico. In these countries, the United States Golf Association (USGA) takes on the governing role. A committee of experts from both the R&A and the USGA collaboratively supervises and refines the rules of golf every four years.

The most recent revision took effect on January 1, 2016. The revisions to the golf rules generally fall into two main categories: those aimed at improving clarity and understanding of the rules and those intended to reduce penalties in certain situations to ensure fairness and balance in the game.

The "Rules of Golf" book is published regularly and includes regulations governing amateur status in addition to the rules of play. In Italy, the Italian Golf Federation (Federgolf) is responsible for overseeing competitions and ensuring compliance with the rules set forth by the R&A.

Federgolf also ensures that these rules are adhered to by clubs, associations, and their members while managing sports justice issues that arise and protecting the interests of Italian golfers abroad. These structured rules and regular updates help maintain the integrity and global appeal of golf, making it accessible and enjoyable for players at all levels.