Italy wins its first World Amateur Team Championship

Italy wins its first World Amateur Team Championship

Teenager Marco Florioli’s bogey-free 66-under and Pietro Bovari’s 68-under 3 led Italy to the World Amateur Team Championship gold medal on Saturday at Le Golf National. It was the country’s first medal in 32 WATC appearances. “The key point today is that I saw our players win without thinking about the results,” Italy captain Matteo Delpodio said. “They were winners on the golf course. When you see players playing this way with this attitude, the results don’t matter. What matters is that they played like champions.

Italy’s 72-hole score of 31-under-par 541 was one shot better than silver medalist Sweden and four better than bronze medalists USA.

In a hotly contested back nine, Italy and Sweden parted the field slightly, but the par-5 14th hole proved crucial due to play by Florioli and Bovari.

Florioli was the first Italian out and had a chip shot on the 14th and Bovari followed with an eagle for a three shot win over Sweden.

“I felt like I was going to birdie that chip, and I did,” said Florioli, a 17-year-old from Bergamo. “I played the last four holes par, par, par, par and it’s a great finish on this golf course.”

Bovari, a college golfer from the University of Virginia, hit the 569-yard 14th with a 3-wood that came to rest on the green, 70 feet from the hole.

“Sometimes it happens,” Bovari said of his eagle putt. “Today was one of those days. He went in the middle of the cut. I didn’t have the strength to scream. I put my arms up in celebration.

The Italian Filippo Celli, the small amateur of the 2022 Open Championship, shot a 70 without counting.

“Florioli played so well on the back nine with a fantastic attitude,” Delpodio said. “He was under pressure, but he made it so easy. Bovari made two big putts on the 13th and 14th. To win such a tournament, there must be magic. You can’t plan everything in advance. There must be times when you realize that everything falls into place. I realized on the 14th that it was our time. I was pretty sure it was going to end in a win.

Italy is one of nine nations to have competed in all 32 World Amateur Team Championships since 1958. Their previous best results were a tie for fourth place in 2004 and 2008.

“I thought about playing my best golf and I think I did,” Florioli said. “I shot 6 under without a bogey on the last lap and I’m proud of that. It’s a memory forever because it’s the first time for Italy in history. It’s a great feeling.

Rounding out the top 10, Norway finished fourth, their best finish ever, Spain finished fifth, France finished sixth, 18- and 36-hole leader Japan finished seventh, Austria and Wales shared eighth place and Finland finished 10th.

Italy is awarded custody of the Eisenhower Trophy until the next World Amateur Team Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in October 2023.

Although there is no official recognition, Sweden’s Tobias Jonsson was the lowest individual with a 17-under score of 269.

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In 1958, the United States Golf Association asked the R&A to join them in sponsoring a world amateur golf team event to be played every two years in non-Walker Cup years. Between 35 and 40 nations were represented at the first meeting and President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented the trophy bearing his name. The committee for the event was to be known as the World Amateur Golf Council and is now the International Golf Federation. Teams of four players from each country competed over 72 holes with the top three scores from each round to count. The first competition was between 29 nations at St Andrews, with Australia beating the United States in a play-off. In 2002, the format changed to teams of three with the top two scores counting.

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