The National Open Championship, the longest-running Italian competition born in 1935 and now in its 82nd edition, concludes the 16th season of the Italian Pro Tour, the circuit of eight national and international competitions organized by the Italian Golf Federation, with the support of the official Infront advisor.
The National Open Championship, schedule
On the National Golf course of Sutri (Viterbo), the house of Italian golf, from November 23 to 26, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, who also won in 2018 and who will try to enter his name in the register for the third time, defends the title.
‘gold. The event will be anticipated on Tuesday, November 22 by the traditional Pro-Am At the National Golf, where 78 competitors will compete, of which 60 are professionals, 13 amateurs and 5 with wild cards, the show will not be missing.
Together with Vecchi Fossa, six other past winners will be competing: Giulio Castagnara, who won in 2020, Enrico Di Nitto (2017), Filippo Bergamaschi (2016), Gregory Molteni (2005), Emmanuele Lattanzi (2003) and Massimo Florioli (1997 ), who recently took over the Senior PGAI Championship.
In the field also Luca Cianchetti, Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli, Federico Maccario, Aron Zemmer, Andrea Saracino, Leonardo Giletta, Andrea Romano and Gianmaria Rean Trinchero who do not hide their ambitions, but there are many others able to have their say.
Among the amateurs, who have the opportunity to gain valuable experience, the blues Giovanni Binaghi, Gianmarco Manfredi, Pietro Guido Fenoglio and Bruno Frontero, to name a few. It starts with the Pro-Am of the National Open Championship – The Pro-Am of the National Open Championship will be the prologue to the event, which will allow many amateurs, including former footballers Simone Pepe and Giuseppe Incocciati, to be able to take the field together with some professionals who will then be among the protagonists of the tournament.
Sixteen teams made up of four players (one pro and three amateurs) who will compete on the distance of 18 holes with the formula “tour scramble and use your pro”. Shotgun start at 10, ie all the teams at the start together from the various holes of the track.
History – The prestigious roll of honor of the tournament was practically signed by all the players who have written important pieces in the history of Italian golf. In particular, the name of Alfonso Angelini stands out, one of the legendary “three musketeers” with Ugo Grappasonni and with Aldo Casera, who set a record destined to remain unbeaten over time with eleven victories.
The other multiple winners reached a maximum of four titles. There have been some cases of “children of art” who have replicated their father’s successes. The first to succeed was Andrea Canessa, who in 1988 overcame Baldovino Dassù on the last hole, thus placing the trophy alongside those of his father Emanuele (1970-1971).
Then it was the turn of Emanuele Bolognesi (1990-1995) who scored as his father Ovilio did in 1963 and then Silvio Grappasonni, whose double (1991-1992) matched him to his father Ugo (four victories). The last of the series was Marco Bernardini (2008) son of Roberto, who also reached four laurels.
Finally, even if the race (initially called Omnium) is open to amateurs, no amateurs have ever won it. However, the opposite cannot be said either. In fact, in 1960, Angelo Croce made the title his own at a time when he was no longer a professional, but had not yet acquired the status of an amateur, since, after having applied to return as an amateur, he was in the waiting period.
Formula and prize money – The tournament is held over a distance of 72 holes, with a cut after 36 which will promote the top 40 finishers to the final two rounds, the tied for 40th place and the amateurs within the qualification score.
The prize pool is 50,000 euros with the first coin of 7,250 euros. Partners – The Italian Pro Tour has the support of DS Automobiles (Main Partner); Fideuram (Official Bank); Kappa (Technical Supplier), Rinascente and Poste Assicura (Official Supplier); Corriere dello Sport, Tuttosport, Il Giornale (Media Partner).
Sport Without Borders Nonprofit (Social Partner). Official advisor: Infront. The National Golf – The National Golf course, designed by the architects George and Jim Fazio and David Mezzacane, unfolds in an evocative natural setting, among woods and centuries-old oaks.
Of excellent technical and qualitative caliber, it has hosted many prestigious events including the World Cup in 1991 and the European Amateur Championship in 1992. The National Golf is also the headquarters of the Federal Technical Center, operational base for all professionals related to the discipline.
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