Carolina Melgrati, an Italian amateur, is the great surprise of the first round of the Scandinavian Mixed – a combined tournament organized by the DP World Tour and the LET – which in Sweden sees men and women compete against each other. The 19-year-old from Brianza, who received an invitation thanks to her fourth place at the Ladies Italian Open, at the Halmstad Golf Club (par 72) in Tylosand leads the ranking with a score of 65 (-7) strokes.
Carolina Melgrati, Scandinavian Mixed
An eagle, six birdies and a bogey for the Lombard who leads the leaderboard with the Scottish Craig Howie, the French Matthieu Pavon and the Spanish Santiago Tarrio. A very young woman like three protagonists of the DP World Tour.
What a start for Melgrati that she is also the “best woman” in the field. Good start also for Virginia Elena Carta (proette), 11 / a with 68 (-4). The blues beat the blues, at least in the first 18 holes. Edoardo Molinari (recently appointed deputy captain of the Europe team at the Ryder Cup 2023) is in fact 27 / o with 69 (-3) and precedes Renato Paratore in the ranking, 55 / o with 71 (-1). Further back Francesco Laporta and Andrea Pavan, 77 / i with 72 (par). Disappointing Lorenzo Gagli, only 140 / o with 76 (+4). In an event where the ranking is unique (as is the prize pool of 2,000,000 dollars), the star of Carolina Melgrati shines in Sweden (at the home of the legend Annika Sorenstam).
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