She left international competitions (a palmarès with five European tour titles and a participation in the Solheim Cup), but when it comes to putting her signature on the Ladies title of Italian PGA Diana Luna is there. He made it his own eleven times, the first in 2002 at I Roveri in Turin, then passing through Bergamo (2004), Sanremo (2006), Margara (2011), Colline del Gavi (2012), a hat-trick at Ca ‘Amata since 2013 to 2015 and again Feudo d’Asti (2016) and Sanremo (2019).
The race on the Sicilian track of the Monasteri (par 71), she saw her in the lead from the start of the race, which she finished in 147 strokes (75-72). Behind her Stefania Croce (155), Anna Nistri (162) and Federica Dassù (164). “Little training but a good opportunity to compete and stay together. My playmates are people I have shared a lot with. Federica was my caddy when I first won in Tenerife. With Stefania many weeks on the room tour together. Anna was my European captain ”comments Diana Luna.
The 39-year-old Roman with residence in Cannes, played her last tournament (the Open de France) in 2020. She is now engaged as manager of the professional women’s national team: “I have put my experience at the disposal of the projectors. A very strategy-oriented coaching, training, organization, management of one’s life on the tour. They are on the field together at the races and rallies, but I also keep relations with the other federations to provide them with invitations and opportunities to compete “.
In Sicily she arrived with her mother for the first Pro am together (two days and teams of four for a format that also involved amateurs in the event). And they won.
For Tom Foster it is instead the first title. He wins with 149 hits (76-73) and leaves behind with an equal margin and score, Mauro Bianco and Costantino Rocca: for both 153 (80-73).
English from York, 51 years old, pro since 1988 and member of PGA Italiana since 2009, he has been managing the Academy of Verdura Resort in Sciacca for five years. “The wind was really strong, but the home courses in England and the sea holes at Verdura taught me a lot,” he said. “I would have liked to play and I did it in the late nineties and then in 2005 on the Alps Tour, but I had no chance or sponsor,” he added.
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So he fielded something else. Master at some French clubs, golf manager of the Terre Blanche Resort on the Cote d’Azur, coach and caddy of some projects of the Ladies European Tour (such as the Russian Maria Verchenova and the Indian Sharmila Nicollet). And not only that: along the way he also opened a golf shop and a biomechanics center in Turin. In his spare time he dedicates himself to digital projects and climbing on the ice. “The score of my golf played today does not matter so much, I rather am passionate about the quality of the shot, touch and trajectory”, he concludes. Meanwhile, the trophy of the 31st edition of the Senior championship is in his hands.