Joshua Berry emerging victorious in Viterbo

At the National Golf of Sutri in Viterbo, Italy, the Italian Open Qualifying Tournament took center stage, with Joshua Berry emerging victorious with a score of 67 (-4) strokes.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Joshua Berry emerging victorious in Viterbo
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At the National Golf of Sutri in Viterbo, Italy, the Italian Open Qualifying Tournament took center stage, with Joshua Berry emerging victorious with a score of 67 (-4) strokes. The Englishman has thus earned the opportunity to compete in the 81st edition of the Open d'Italia, scheduled to take place from June 27th to 30th at the Adriatic Golf Club in Cervia, Emilia-Romagna.

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Berry's remarkable performance not only secured his spot but also showcased his talent on the course. Alongside him, Spanish golfer Angel Ayora and Italian player Flavio Michetti finished tied for second place with scores of 68 (-3), along with Roman golfer Enrico Di Nitto, who was eventually excluded after a three-player playoff.

For Michetti, the Italian Open holds special significance. The 20-year-old from Ascoli Piceno made his mark back in 2022 at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, where he emerged as the best amateur of the tournament during the 2023 Ryder Cup.

Looking ahead, the National Golf of Sutri, known as the home of Italian golf, will host the Ladies Italian Open from June 14th to 16th. This event serves as the penultimate qualifying stage for the Paris Olympics, further solidifying its importance in the golfing calendar.

The rules of golf form a comprehensive set of standard norms and procedures that govern the sport of golf. These rules are collectively written and managed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body for golf worldwide, except for the United States and Mexico, which fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association.

A committee of experts, composed of members from the R&A and USGA, oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision has been in effect since January 1st, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that enhance understanding and those that, in certain cases, reduce penalties to ensure fairness.

The rulebook, titled "Rules of Golf," is regularly published and also includes regulations governing amateur status. In Italy, the Italian Golf Federation (Federgolf) is responsible for overseeing competitions, ensuring compliance with the rules issued by the R&A, and ensuring that these norms are observed by clubs, associations, and their members.

Federgolf also manages the resulting sports justice and safeguards their interests abroad. Understanding and adhering to these rules are essential for maintaining the integrity and fairness of the game, ensuring that all players compete on an equal footing and enjoy a fulfilling golfing experience.

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