Gregorio De Leo again in a year to remember. The 22-year-old from Biella won the 45th edition of the PGAI Championship, the Italian PGA championship reserved for all members of the Association played on the Golf course of the Ducato-La Rocca (par 72), in Sala Baganza (PR). De Leo finished with a score of 203 (70 67 66, -13) strokes, on par with Federico Maccario (68 69 66) and Stefano Mazzoli (69 67 67) and then overcame them with a birdie on the first hole of playoff.
Gregorio De Leo, results
In a thrilling and hard-fought final lap the trio overtook Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, winner in 2019, and Andrea Rota, who scored in 2016, at the top after two laps and then finished fourths with 205 (-11) together with Andrea Signor. De Leo and Maccario recovered from fifth place both with a 66 (-6), best score of the day, and Mazzoli, outgoing champion, from third with a 67 (-5).
The Biellese is in his fourth success of the season, after having signed three titles on the Alps Tour (Memorial Giorgio Bordoni, Alps De Las Castillas, Rome Alps Open) where he also dominated the money list, winning the ‘card’ well in advance for the Challenge Tour 2023 which was assigned to the top five and also obtained by Stefano Mazzoli (fourth). De Leo was rewarded with a check for € 4,350 on a prize pool of € 30,000.
In the tournament they classified in seventh place with 208 (-8) Pietro Ricci and Massimo Florioli, ruler of the recent Senior PGAI Championship, and in ninth with 209 (-7) Cristiano Terragni, Mauro Bianco, Alessandro Tadini, (two PGAI titles, 2002, 2008) Jacopo Albertoni and Luca Cianchetti (his event in 2018). At 29th with 217 (+1) Emanuele Canonica, last week sixth in the Senior Italian Open at the Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort.
Biella is an Italian town of 42 647 inhabitants, capital of the province of the same name in northern Piedmont.
The city is located at the foot of the Biellese Alps, and its existence has been attested since the early Middle Ages. Subsequently dominated by the bishops of Vercelli, in 1379 it passed to the Savoy family. During the nineteenth century it experienced a great urban and industrial development, soon becoming known for its textile industries. It is also the European capital of textiles.
There are numerous historical and artistic testimonies of the city’s past; among the most important are the baptistery, the cathedral, the bell tower of Santo Stefano and numerous villas and palaces.
Since 2019 it is UNESCO Creative City for popular arts and crafts. It has been designated Alpine Town of the Year 2021.