The blue quartet competing at the Tokyo Olympics is completed. After the Migliozzi-Chicco Molinari pairing for the men’s race, it’s up to Giulia Molinaro and Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso to take out the ticket for the Olympic Games. The women’s individual competition will be played – with stroke play formula – over a distance of 72 holes – from 4 to 7 August at Kasumigaseky Country Club.
Giulia Molinaro and Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso
For Molinaro, 30 years old from Camposampiero (Padua), this is the second Olympics after the 53rd place in Rio de Janeiro 2016 (with her Giulia Sergas). Five years later the Venetian arrives at the Games with very different beliefs and expectations. Her third place on Sunday at the KPMG Women ‘s PGA Championship (her best career result in a Major) allowed her to enter the top 100 of the world rankings (she is now 98th). For Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, 25 years old from Turin, it will be the first time ever at the Olympics. Unlike Molinaro, who has been playing on the LPGA Tour for years – the highest female US circuit – the Piedmontese from 2020 is the protagonist on the Ladies European Tour.
The two blues are among the sixty who will compete for the gold medal in Tokyo. The South Korean Inbee Park will try to repeat the feat of 2016 when she dominated the scene by clearly beating New Zealander Lydia Ko (silver) and Chinese Shanshan Feng (bronze).
In Japan many of the big world championships are competing. Among these also Nelly Korda, world queen after the triumph (the first in a Major) at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. With her, to represent the United States, along with Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson there will also be her sister Jessica.
The #HoodieForGolf Campaign, led by Michelle Wie West to raise visibility of the LPGA and charitable funds to support two important initiatives to change the face of golf, released its first sales update today. More than 10,000 hoodies have been sold, representing a charitable of contribution of more than $225,000. All LPGA proceeds from hoodie sales will benefit the LPGA Renee Powell Fund and Clearview Legacy Foundation.
The campaign has been driven largely by social media with fans and friends of Wie West, Powell and the LPGA posting photos in the distinctive tie-dyed hoodie. The first posts of the hoodie by Golden State Warriors Damion Lee and Kent Bazemore went viral with the initial inventory of hoodies selling out within hours. The next restock was sold out in days and demand has exceeded supply in the weeks since the campaign began. The latest restock of the limited edition hoodie is now available at LPGAProShop.com.