Italy, never so many members for eight years

Never so many members from 2013 to today. Italian golf is growing rapidly. This is testified by the number of members of the FIG which, from 87,380 in 2020, reached 92,420 in 2021, an increase of 5,040 units which means + 6%. Instead, there are 10,987 new members (there were 7,733 in 2020, with 5,204 men and 2,423 women), of which 7,270 men and 3,717 women. Yes, this is the effect of the Ryder Cup which, in 2023, will be played in Italy for the first time in its history on the course of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome). But also the result of the policies implemented by the Italian Golf Federation led by President Franco Chimenti. Despite the persistence of the health emergency, the trend is in fact absolutely positive. With percentages on the rise in many regions, from North to South. Puglia is the one that has registered a real boom in members, up by 25.30% compared to last year. Calabria (+ 14.50%), Sardinia (+ 8.70%) and the Marches (+ 10.10%) also did well. Important numbers also for Lazio (+ 9.70%), Liguria (+ 7.90%), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (+ 7.50%) and Lombardy (+ 14.29%), a region since great golfing tradition.

Italy, numbers

They were 7,992 in 2019, 6,992 in 2020. They reached 8,507 in 2021, + 6% compared to two years ago and + 35% if compared with the 2020 data. This is the growth of the Under 18 athletes – more than 1,500 committed ones – who participated in federal activities this year. The numbers regarding Patents (+ 29% in 2021) and Youth Patents (+ 70% this year) are also important. As well as the youth competitions organized by the FIG (+ 81%). With great participation by athletes also from the South. In fact, if in 2020 the Under 18 members were 7,493, in 2021 they reached 8,874, for an increase of 1,381 units.

A total of 41 international successes achieved in 2021. Among the “pros”, eight exploits, three of which were signed by Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (who made his order of merit from the Alps Tour) to which are added those of Stefano Mazzoli (Antognolla Alps Open), Luca Cianchetti (Red Sea Little Venice Open) and Pietro Bovari (won, as an amateur, the 57th Memorial Olivier Barras). Two statements by Tommaso Perrino, Technical Commissioner of the FIG Paralympic National Team, who first won the Czech Disabled Golf Masters and then the 21st Sanofi Genzyme Italian Open. But the big voice was also and above all the talents of Italian golf, including exploits in US College tournaments (17) and individual (6) and team (9) titles in the amateur field. Note of merit for Francesca Fiorellini, in the European team that celebrated the feat in the Ping Junior Solheim Cup in Toledo (USA) and in that of Continental Europe that dominated the Junior Vagliano Trophy.

With a ceremony on the “tee” of hole 1, on the eve of the DS Automobiles 78th Italian Open, last September the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club was inaugurated. The ritual photos, the official Ryder Cup trophy and a ribbon cutting accompanied the ceremony which saw the protagonists, among others, Franco Chimenti, number 1 of the Italian Golf Federation, Gian Paolo Montali, General Manager of the Ryder Cup 2023 Project, and Lavinia Biagiotti, President of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club. For a course that, on the occasion of the most important Italian golf event, won all the champions on the field of the European Tour (today DP World Tour). With the course ready two years earlier than the big event which, in less than two years, will see Europe and the United States face each other in the most important super golf challenge in the world.