Trinity, TX – Virginia freshman golfer Pietro Bovari (Milano, Italy) tied for runner-up honors in the men’s individual competition at the 2019 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship in Trinity, Texas. Using a best-ball format, Bovari tallied 16 total instances over 54 holes of play while representing Italy. UNLV’s Jack Trent, playing for Australia, won the men’s competition with 20 total instances.
Thanks to his play, Bovari helped Italy to tie for ninth in the men’s competition among the 19 nations represented at the event. The Italian squad was seventh in the combined competition featuring both men’s and women’s results.
On the women’s side, UVA freshman Virginia Bossi (Como, Italy) was 28th overall with six total instances. She helped the Italian women’s squad to a tie for fifth place in the team competition.
The United States captured the men’s title while the Republic of Korea took top honors on the women’s side. France won the combined scoring championship.
The 2019 Spirit International, played at Whispering Pines Golf Club, featured 76 competitors from 19 countries, representing six continents. The event made its return for the first time since 2015, as the 2017 Spirit was cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey.
Countries competing at the 2019 Spirit International Golf Championship included: Argentina, Australia, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Established in 2001, The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship is a biennial event that alternates years with the World Amateur Team Championships. All participants enjoy an Olympic like experience including Opening Ceremonies, International Village accommodations, festive dinner parties, Closing Ceremonies in addition to the 54-hole golf event where the world’s best amateur golfers compete for gold medals. The Spirit is hosted by the Spirit Golf Association, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting amateur golf for the benefit of health related causes.