Operated for a muscle tear in her left knee, Maria Fassi, a Mexican golfer, will have to stay still for at least six weeks and will be forced - barring a recovery in extremis - to also miss the US Women's Open, scheduled from 3 to 6 June in San Francisco, in California
Maria Fassi, statements
"Mentally it's hard to stop and the hope now is to get back on the green as soon as possible."
These are the statements of the 23-year-old from Pachuca, who ended up under the knife last Monday and now stops in the pits. A small historic milestone for women's golf: after seven years of absence, Italy will once again have the Ladies Italian Open, a competition in the 2021 calendar of the Ladies European Tour.
It will be played from 28 to 30 May in Margara, in Fubine Monferrato (Alessandria). Ladies Italian Open in Margara The 25th edition of the blue event, the first in Piedmont, is a highly prestigious event included in the Ryder Cup 2023 Project.
Under the patronage of Piedmont, the federation aims to enhance a region with a golf tradition and a great tourist appeal. The queens of the maximum continental green circuit will battle it out in a highly anticipated tournament.
There will be 126 players on the field and the event will offer a total prize pool of 200,000 euros. Since the 24th edition, staged in Perugia in 2014 and won by the English (but born in Germany) Florentyna Parker, seven years have passed.
The tournament now returns to its ancient splendor: from the first review in 1987 in Croara di Gazzola (Piacenza) to that of 2021 in Piedmont. In Monferrato, a world heritage site, the Margara Golf Club was built in 1970 and completed in 1972.
It is a golfing excellence surrounded by nature between hills, vineyards and the Alps in the background. There are two competition fields, both with 18 holes. The first, the Glauco Lolli Ghetti route (in memory of the founder, named Cavaliere del Lavoro in 1973) is surrounded by tall trees and allows you to play among oaks, willows and maples along the wide fairways that develop between the hills of Monferrato.
The second, La Guazzetta, features a more modern architecture and alternates more technical holes. Margara has already been the venue for 21 editions of the Challenge Tour between 1981 and 2008. This year it will also host the Italian Challenge Open (race of the second men's continental circuit scheduled from 22 to 25 July).
In 2019 the club received the Engaged in the Green award, an environmental recognition promoted by the Federation, with the support of the Institute for Sports Credit, to promote the eco-sustainable development of golf. Finally, the Ladies Italian Open confirms the commitment to the female universe, as evidenced by the "Golf è donna" project, sponsored by CONI and R&A in partnership with the Susan G.Komen Italia association.