The Ryder Cup approaches, and the 2023 version on the Marco Simone Golf & Nation Membership in Guidonia Montecelio, simply east of Rome, from September twenty ninth to October 1st, can be a monumental event for Italy. By no means earlier than has our nation been bestowed with such a prestigious honor – a novel alternative to showcase ourselves to the world.
Throughout the Sky Sport press convention, which unveiled their in depth programming, key figures within the occasion and past took the stage.
Franco Chimenti, statements
Franco Chimenti, the President of the Italian Golf Federation, expressed his ideas: “We knew precisely what we had been getting ourselves into.
I launched into this journey with nice serenity, absolutely conscious that my place as President was on the road. I pursued this concept as a result of it was much more vital to me to make my imaginative and prescient a actuality than to stay in a snug job.
I used to be proper. Nobody believed it. It was an unbelievable scene that I held onto like a lingering nightmare, however it was a pleasing one. I had privately discovered that, since we had been the final 4 candidates, the communication could be made the subsequent day (which was stored secret).
It could be completed over the telephone, with every candidate receiving a name each fifteen minutes beginning at 10 am. I knew they might begin at precisely 10 am, and subsequent calls would observe at 10:15 am, 10:30 am, and 10:45 am.
We had been in my room, about thirty individuals and Lavinia. The English are punctual. At 10 am, the decision did not come, however I had little question it will. At 10:15 am, it was already a affirmation that we had been nonetheless within the working. The understanding got here at 10:30 am.
However that is when the discharge got here too. Our true rival among the many 4 was Spain. Everybody feared that Spain, having hosted it in 1997 to honor the good Seve Ballesteros, could be chosen. The enjoyment at 10:45 am was indescribable.”
Gian Paolo Montali, who grew to become the Common Director of the Ryder Cup venture in 2016, shared his ideas: “It appeared so distant, however now we’re right here.
We’re engaged on the ultimate particulars. It is like going to school when you will have an examination – you may’t simply improvise within the final week. That is why I hold telling my workforce to remain calm. If we have completed our work properly beforehand, we are going to reap the rewards.
We’re paying shut consideration to crucial side, which is accommodating 250,000 individuals, 70% of whom can be foreigners. Our concern is making certain they arrive on the course in time for the primary match and safely return dwelling, as a result of we cannot loosen up till the final spectator is again at their lodge.
It is a tough sensation to elucidate as a result of what you see is simply the sport-technical side, however behind it’s a metropolis created inside a totally renovated golf course. We have labored arduous for seven years with three completely different groups – Lavinia Biagiotti’s workforce, the Federation, and Ryder Cup Europe.
We have put every part into ensuring that every part that was required may very well be applied. We’ll see what occurs on Sunday night.”
Roberto Zappa, who isn’t solely a historic voice of Sky but in addition guides the nationwide ladies’s choice, additionally chimed in: “Francesca Fiorellini, two days in the past, made historical past by incomes three factors out of three on the Junior Solheim Cup.
She can be accompanied by Giovanni Binaghi. Two Italians will take part within the Junior Ryder Cup. Briefly: we come from six consecutive defeats in opposition to the USA. The occasion started gaining momentum in 1997. Many champions have taken half, corresponding to McIlroy, Manassero, and Paratore.
Within the ladies’s competitors in 2018, Emilie Alba Paltrinieri and Alessia Nobilio had been within the Crew Europe. This yr, with Francesca Fiorellini and Giovanni Binaghi, our aim is so as to add one other victory to the European roster. Alberto Binaghi and I can be current to make sure the very best preparation for the occasion.
Ranging from Sunday afternoon, we can be on the Golf Nazionale, which has been deemed excellent to host the match. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the format can be similar to the Ryder Cup, and for the primary time on Thursday morning, the 12 singles matches can be performed on the Ryder Cup course earlier than the opening ceremony.
It is going to really be fantastic to have two Italian gamers; it is a lovely occasion. I counsel that spectators arrive earlier than the opening ceremony on Thursday morning as a result of there may be some implausible golf to be seen.”