Francesca Fiorellini defends the title in the 93rd Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship where Guia Vittoria Acutis, Natalia Aparicio, Paris Appendino, Diana Maria Casartelli, Ginevra Coppa, Matilde Partele, Francesca Pompa and Lorena Rossettin will also take part in the blue team.
Francesca Fiorellini, schedule
The tournament is scheduled for January 25 to 28 on the course of the Montado Golf Resort, in Palmela in the Setubal district in Portugal, with the participation of 90 girls and will take place over a distance of 72 holes. After 54, the Nations Cup will be awarded (in the competition teams of national teams made up of two or three elements) and, at the same time, the cut will admit the first 40 classified and the tied in 40th place to the final round.
In the last edition, Fiorellini, third at the end of the opening round, took the lead after the second and no longer conceded anything to her opponents. She finished her victorious run with 279 (-9) shots ahead of the French Maylis Lamoure (282, -6) and the German Helen Briem (284,-4), signing the third Italian success in six years, preceded on the top step of the podium by Letizia Bagnoli in 2017 and by Alessia Nobilio in 2020. Among the multiple winners to remember the blue Rosa Vanda Bohus who obtained five titles between 1955 and 1966. The Italian team is accompanied by Roberto Zappa, Technical Commissioner of the National Amateur Team Feminine, and by the coach Stefano Soffietti.
The LPGA (acronym for Ladies Professional Golf Association) was founded in 1950 on the initiative of thirteen players, with the aim of promoting women’s professional golf in the United States of America. Its first president was Patty Berg. In that same circumstance it was decided to start a series of tournaments, on an annual basis, included in a single circuit known as the LPGA Tour.
The first official tournament of the LPGA Tour was the Tampa Women’s Open, held in January 1950 at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa, where the amateur Polly Riley triumphed, surprisingly able to beat already professional and much more experienced players.