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Copa de S.M. La Reina near Malaga, Spain

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From February 27th to March 3rd, the 106th edition of the Spanish International Ladies Amateur Championship “Copa de S.M. La Reina” takes place at the Real Guadalhorce Club de Golf near Malaga, Spain.

The Italian team consists of Natalia Aparicio, Paris Appendino, Ginevra Coppa, Matilde Partele, Francesca Pompa, and Francesca Fiorellini, accompanied by team manager Roberto Zappa and coach Luigi Zappa.

Copa de S.M. La Reina, results

This prestigious tournament, established in 1911, features 108 competitors, including 26 Spaniards, and follows a format of 36-hole stroke play qualifying rounds and match play among the top 64 qualifiers. Italy boasts four previous victories by Isa Goldschmid (1952), Rosanna Bergamo (1956), Isabella Calogero (1989), and Caterina Quintarelli (1991). Italian players Vanda Rosa (1954), Marina Buscaini (1985), Silvia Cavalleri (1992), and Alessia Nobilio (2017, 2019) have also finished as runners-up.

Defending champion Nora Sundberg of Sweden returns to defend her title after defeating Belgian Savannah De Bock (2/1) in last year’s final. Among the 26 Spanish competitors, Rocio Tejedo Mulet, Andrea Revuelta Goicoechea, Anna Cañado Espinal, Cloe Amion Vallarino, and Alba Gonzalez Fernandez are expected to contend for victory.

Other notable participants include Danish player Cecilie Leth-Nissen, winner of the 2022 Smorum Ladies Open on the LET Access Tour, French golfer Louise Landgraf, Swiss player Yana Beeli, and Irish competitor Annabel Wilson. Also competing is another Italian player, Cristina Albertazzi.

The 109th edition of the Spanish International Amateur Championship “Copa S.M. El Rey” will be held from 27 February to 3 March at the Club de Golf Alcanada in Port d’Alcúdia, Mallorca. Eight Italian players will participate in the tournament, including Alessio Scaramastra, Giovanni Binaghi, Luca Memeo, Eugenio Bernardi, Michele Ferrero, Bruno Frontero, Federico Randazzo and Lucas Nicolas Fallotico, the latter winner of the tournament in 2021.

The Italian team will be led by Alberto Binaghi, Technical Commissioner of the Men’s National Amateur Team, and Alain Vergari, Deputy Technical Commissioner. The Italians are determined to win the title, which they have won only three times since 2000, the last of which in 2020 with José Luis Ballester.

Spanish competitors to watch out for include Luis Masaveu Roncal, Alvaro Pastor Roman, Jorge Martin Sampedro and Pablo Alperi Lopez, while other notable international players include Hugo Le Goff, Lev Grinberg, Albert Hansson, Kris Kim, Ben Bolton, Abel Derksen, Hugh Foley and Connor Wilson.

The tournament will begin with qualification on 36 medal holes, followed by the match play phase for the top 64 ranked out of 143 participants. Past winners of the Spanish International Amateur Championship include illustrious names such as José María Olazábal, Sergio García, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Darren Clarke and Danny Willett. Edoardo Molinari placed second twice.

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