Italy Welcomes the Mid-SeasonTournament
June 14th, 2021 – Como, Italy. It has been a quick-step turnaround for the Alps Tour players as they arrive here in Lombardy for the Memorial Giorgio Bordoni just a day after the final of the Open de Mirabelle d’Or in France. This eighth of the 2021 season’s sixteen competitions and the 7th edition of the tournament tees off in two days’ time on the GC Pinetina course located in the middle of the immense natural Parc Pineta.
All seven of this year’s current winners are among those confirmed including last weekend’s champion Franck Medale of France. His compatriot, the amateur Paul Margolis – MIRA Live the Soul Open, joins him. The three Italian victors are among the home contingent; Jacopo Vecchi Fossa – Abruzzo Alps Open, Stefano Mazzoli – Antognolla Alps Open and Luca Ciancetti – Red Sea Little Venice Open. They are joined by the other Egyptian Spring Series winner, Angel Hidalgo Portillo from Spain – Ein Bay Open and finally the season’s opening trophy raiser, the Scot, Ryan Lumsden – MIRA Golf Experience Acaya Open.
Nine of the top ten on the Order of Merit will be battling for points. Alongside the seven winners are Pierre Pineau from France, currently third after three top ten places in 2021 and Vitor Londot from Portugal whose recent second place moved him up to tenth.
Four Italians and two Spaniards have so far enjoyed success in the Memorial Giorgio Bordoni. Winner of the previous edition in 2019, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez from Spain, will not be contending as he now plays on the European Tour. But we have one previous winner, the Italian, Stefano Pitoni who saw victory in 2016, his best season ever on the Alps Tour with three first places.
The par 70 course may not be particularly long, 6300 yds/5761 m, but it is hilly and complex requiring a great deal of accuracy. Designed by Harris Albertini Mezzalane and built by ‘Commander’ John Dering Harris, the course opened in 1971. The undulating fairways weave their way through trees and lush vegetation with occasional steep inclines both up and down typified by the 14th. This par three plunges steeply down to a green protected by a huge bunker hugging three quarters of the putting area. Both nines conclude with tough par fours, the first downhill and the second downhill. A spot-on short game will be key.
For the football loving fans among the players, they will be delighted to know that just next to the entrance to the GC Pinetina is the Inter Milan training ground. Unfortunately, the season ended in May so little chance of catching a glimpse of the stars.
The weather looks favourable if hot with temperatures in the high 20’s and a slight chance of thunderstorms at the end of week. If the players are lucky and the cloud cover is not too dense, they may even catch a glimpse through the trees of the Monte Rosa in the distance, the second highest mountain in the Alps and western Europe, after Mont Blanc.
The Memorial Giorgio Bordoni is dedicated to the highly respected former coach of the Italian teams, Giorgio Bordoni, who passed away in 2013 at the age of only 48. The tournament is presented this year by AON which is also a worldwide partner of the Ryder Cup through to 2024.
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