Carolina Melgrati, an Italian amateur, is the big surprise in the first round of the Scandinavian Mixed, a combined tournament organized by the DP World Tour and the LET, which pits men and women against each other competing in Sweden.
The 19-year-old from Brianza, who earned an invitation thanks to her fourth-place finish at the Ladies Italian Open at Halmstad Golf Club (par 72) in Tylosand, leads the standings with a score of 65(-7) shots.
Carolina Melgrati, Scandinavian mix
An eagle, six birdies and a bogey for the Lombard who leads the standings along with Scotsman Craig Howie, Frenchman Matthieu Pavon and Spaniard Santiago Tarrio.
A very young like three protagonists of the DP World Tour. What a start for Melgrati who is also the “best woman” in the bunch. Good start also for Virginia Elena Carta (proeta), 11th with 68 (-4). The blues beat the blues, at least in the first 18 holes.
Edoardo Molinari (recently named assistant captain of the European team at the 2023 Ryder Cup) is actually 27th at 69 (-3) and ahead of Renato Paratore in the rankings, 55th at 71 (-1). Further back Francesco Laporta and Andrea Pavan, 77/i with 72 (par).
Disappointing Lorenzo Gagli, only 140/o with 76 (+4). In an event where the ranking is unique (as is the $2,000,000 prize pool), star Carolina Melgrati shines in Sweden (with legend Annika Sorenstam).
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