Dino Canonica is dead, Italian golf in mourning

President Franco Chimenti and the entire Italian Golf Federation mourn the passing of Dino Canonica and join his family

by Andrea Gussoni
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Dino Canonica is dead, Italian golf in mourning
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President Franco Chimenti and the entire Italian Golf Federation mourn the passing of Dino Canonica and join his family.

Dino Canonina, bio

Among the most esteemed figures in Italian professional golf, he has collected numerous successes, including the National Open Championship in 1966 and 1972, two titles in the PGAI Championship, the Absolute National Championship in 1980 and the Senior Championship in 1991.

Point of reference for the PGAI, of which he was President from 1989 to 1991, he passed on his expertise and his love for golf as master of the Turin Golf Stupinigi club. The Italian Golf Federation (FIG) was founded in Milan in 1927 although several golf courses already existed on Italian territory (Acquasanta in Rome was the first and was founded in 1903).

During the Second World War, federal activity disappeared. After the war, in May 1946, a new structure was created: the Italian Golf Association (AGI). In February 1959 the organization resumed its ancient name. In 1982 the Federation established the National Golf School to standardize and improve teaching methods.

Over the years, the number of clubs increased from 17 in 1954 to 31 in 1964, reaching 90 in 1988 and reaching 258 in 1999. As of December 31, 2009, there were approximately 100,000 members of the federation. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played.

They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

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