Return to Rome for a Mixed Open
July 11th, 2021 – Rome, Italy. The Golf Club Parco dei Medici welcomes the Alps Tour players back for the Roma Alps Open. After hosting the Qualifying School First Round in 2020, this time the course will also welcome players from the LET Access Series (LETAS), the official development tour to the Ladies European Tour. This will be the second mixed tournament in the 20 years of the Alps Tour.
The Alps Tour created golf history in 2019 when it organised the first, official mixed gender professional golf tournament in Europe, the Saint Malo Golf Mixed Open. That tournament ended with a mixed Alps/LETAS podium, which could be a possible result here in Rome for the 10th event of the 2021 season.
Competition promises to be fierce. On the Alps Tour side, a total of nineteen players in the top twenty of the Order of Merit are present and eager for points. Third placed Ryan Lumsden, winner of the MIRA Golf Experience Acaya Open and flush from his second win last week at the Alps de las Castillas has made no secret of his wish to make it a three. He will have his work cut out for him though as this season’s other two-time winner, Angel Hidalgo Portillo from Spain will be intent on keeping his OofM first place. Not forgetting the number two, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa who would ike nothing more than a home win.
Of the 112 men players among the 13 amateurs are Paul Margolis and Tom Vaillant from France. The pair were on the French team that were runners-up in last week’s 2021 Men’s European Amateur Team Championship. Another excellent result for Margolis following his MIRA Live the Soul Open in March.
Over to the 44 LETAS players, where the Russian, Nina Pegova, has been showing consistent form with three top-10 finishes so far to put her top of their OofM. The winners of this season’s first three events are present. From England, Lily May Humphreys had her first LETAS win the same month she turned professional at the Golf Flanders LETAS Trophy in June. Among the 18 amateurs are Marine Griffaut from France who had a home win at the Montauban Ladies Open whilst Sara Kouskova, became the first ever Czech player to win a LETAS event, the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge, and the first Czech amateur to win a professional event.
The Parco dei Medici Championship Course is technically demanding with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. Thus, to level the playing field and be fair to all the competitors, the course has been set-up to take into consideration the carry yardages off the tee and stroke distances of the different categories of players as well as the course architecture regarding the positioning of bunkers and hazards.
Each flight will be a mix of Alps Tour and LETAS players and based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback after the last mixed open, the players should enjoy their rounds amidst the pine, cypress and weeping willows trees in what promises to be hot and sunny conditions.
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