On the course of the Sage Valley Golf Club, in Graniteville (South Carolina), in the United States, the Junior Invitational Sage Valley will take place from March 17 to 19. For Golfweek, it is the most important youth tournament in the world and this year will see three Italians among the protagonists: Francesca Fiorellini, Riccardo Fantinelli and Marco Florioli.
A great satisfaction for the Italian Golf Federation which has always bet on its talents for a “green” future, as well as for the three blue golf prospects who will have the opportunity to show their qualities.
Sage Valley Junior Invitational Schedule
Founded in 2011, champions such as Viktor Hovland, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Joaquin Niemann (winner in 2017), Scottie Scheffler (champion in 2014 and now number 5 in the world ranking) and Matthew Fitzpatrick have participated in the Junior Invitational.
New for the 2022 edition is the inclusion of the women’s race, originally scheduled for 2021 (the year the event did not take place due to Covid). Both competitions will be played over a distance of 54 holes. In 2020, American Jackson Van Paris won.
24 athletes will participate in the pink race and among them will be some of the best in the world: Alexa Pano, Bailey Shoemaker, Kaitlyn Schroeder, Jacqueline Putrino and Anna Davis. For Rome’s Francesca Fiorellini, already winner of the Portuguese Women’s International Amateur this year, it will be an important opportunity to show her great talent.
In the men’s tournament, however, there will be 36 participants. Among these, besides the two Azzurri Florioli and Fantinelli, there will be two sons of art: Luke Poulter, son of Ian Poulter, and Daniel Choi, son of KJ
Choi. Along with them will also be talents such as Ben James, Caleb Surratt, Luke Clanton and Jonathan Griz. He is one of the most successful sportsmen of all time, as well as one of the richest in the world. In terms of firsts, Tiger Woods is still present: 15 major tournaments won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of the sport.
Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world rankings for 683 weeks (including 281 consecutive) and especially because in 2014 he became the first athlete in the world to have crossed the billion dollar mark.
Astronomical figure which also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairy tale boat. And obviously, we’re talking about something that was expensive. If you imagine a luxury yacht and a little comfort on board, then Privacy has it.
48 meters long, with a total area of 600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins that can accommodate a total of ten people, it also has four quarters for nine crew members .
Tiger Woods usually calls it “my dinghy” even though everything looks like a dinghy: with a cruising speed of 18 knots, it also has an onboard gym where the golfer continues to train. Woods, in fact, prefers to stay on this yacht during tournaments held in New York.
With cherry wood interiors, Privacy also boasts a three-person elevator, a huge jacuzzi, big enough to seat eight, and the inevitable cinema room and bar area. The little extra of this mega yacht is provided by the area that Tiger Woods wanted dedicated to scuba diving: this also explains the presence of an (inflatable) decompression chamber and an area dedicated to filling bottles. ‘oxygen.
The luxury is also complemented by three jet skis and two scooters for short shore excursions. Obviously, all this has a price: privacy costs 17 million euros and its annual maintenance amounts to 1.7 million euros.