Fiorellini star, Women's Italian Open to Taylor

Francesca Fiorellini's star shines at the Golf Nazionale (par 72) in Sutri (Viterbo)

by Andrea Gussoni
Fiorellini star, Women's Italian Open to Taylor
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Francesca Fiorellini's star shines at the Golf Nazionale (par 72) in Sutri (Viterbo). The 18-year-old Roman closed the Ladies Italian Open in 3rd place, with a score of 209 (71 71 67, -7) shots, standing out not only as "best amateur", but also as the best Italian player of the tournament included in the calendar of Ladies European Tour.

First joy on the main continental circuit for Amy Taylor. The Englishman, in the lead since the second round, with a total of 206 (70 67 69, -10) shots, narrowly surpassed the Spanish Maria Hernandez, 2nd with 207 (71 69 67, -9) ahead of Fiorellini, in French Camille Chevalier (72 71 66) and Singaporean Shannon Tan (71 68 70), also third.

For the 23-year-old from Norwich it is the first title on the circuit after the one arrived in 2022 (when she turned professional) on Let Access in the Calatayud Ladies Open, in Zaragoza, Spain. "I'm happy and excited. I love Italy, Rome and Lazio, this is a fantastic joy that I want to share with my family and all the staff", the joy of the British star at the end of the match.

Taylor, results

Nice finish also for Alessandra Fanali, 6th with 210 (71 72 67, -6) after climbing from 17th position with a round of 67 (-5) supported by seven birdies (of which four in the first holes played) and marred only by a double bogey on the 14th (par 5) which prevented her from fighting for the title until the end.
With this result, however, the 24-year-old born in Alatri and raised in Fiuggi, the best Italian in the world ranking with a degree in Sports Business from Arizona State University, has secured her qualification for the Paris Games.

"I tried until the end, it's just a shame about that mistake on the 14th. I'm very happy, it was a good tournament on a course that I like, one of my favourites. It will be wonderful to participate in the Olympics, I hope to play in the summer also a Major", the satisfaction of Fanali, second in 2022 at the women's Italian Open, who has gained seven positions in the order of merit of the Ladies European Tour where she is now 15th.

In the Top 20, 19th with 215 (73 71 71, -1), also Virginia Elena Carta. From June 21st to 23rd, in the Czech Republic and in the Czech Ladies Open, the Milanese will play for her chances of gaining a pass for the Olympics.

Immediately behind is another Italian amateur, Carolina Melgrati, 24th with 216 (72 71 73, par).
Big test for Fiorellini. Among the four amateurs competing, alongside 11 of the top 20 players on the Ladies European Tour, she once again showed all her talent.

Thirteenth after 36 holes, with a 67 (-5) highlighted by eight birdies, with three bogeys, she took third position.
She won the Junior Ryder Cup and the Junior Solheim Cup in 2023 with team Europe, and this year she played in the women's Masters which ended on the legendary Augusta National course, the theater of green dreams.

Now, she will take her final exams. Then, she will fly to Los Angeles to study and play at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, UCLA. "I'm really happy, I finally managed to capitalize on the good shots on the green these days.

It was a beautiful tournament, which I will always carry inside me. Next August 26th I will leave for America, I can't wait to experience it make the most of this experience", Fiorellini's happiness. The president of Federgolf, Franco Chimenti, is happy and satisfied.

"What has just ended is a tournament that we will hardly forget. It was played in the home of Italian golf, on a course that represents world-class excellence, just like our athletes. A round of applause to the winner, who played fantastically , and to our players.

Fiorellini represents our 'little flower' in our crown. Fanali is a champion who, once again, has demonstrated her great qualities. She will go to the Paris Olympics, I'm very proud of her too. which I hope can reach the Games, and Melgrati.

The future is on their side".
The queen of the Ladies Italian Open is therefore Amy Taylor. An Englishwoman hadn't won this tournament since 2014 (Florentyna Parker in Perugia). A huge Norwich fan, this exploit earned her 45,000 euros (and to think that in 18 tournaments as a pro, she had so far collected "only" 35,602.95) compared to a total prize money of 300,000.