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  • Francesco LAPORTA 37804

    Meet Francesco

    Castellana Grotte (BA), Italy Place of Birth
    5′ 9″ (176cm) Height
    Football, volleyball Interests
    San Domenico Golf Attachment
    (2011), (13), (14), 15*, (16) Qualifying School

    Won his first European Challenge Tour title at the 2019 Hainan Open before winning his second title in three starts at the Challenge Tour Grand Final to end the season as Number One on the Road to Mallorca Rankings.

    Booked a rookie season on the European Tour after coming through all three stages of the Qualifying School in 2015. Took the 15th card at Final Stage and dedicated his success to his grandmother, who had recently died.

    Spent much of his early life in South Africa, travelling there for up to six months every year to visit his uncle and even has a South African twang to his accent when he switches from Italian to English. It was there he first picked up a golf club and he was instantly hooked. Luckily a new course was built near his Bari home soon after, where he grew to love the game under the tutelage of his coach, who was at PGA Catalunya Resort. Calls the drive from his home in south-east Italy to his golf club the “best drive in the world”.

    Played three years on the Sunshine Tour before gaining some Challenge Tour experience in 2015. Cites Seve Ballesteros as his hero, having watched the movie about the Spanish legend’s life and been inspired by his work ethic and attitude towards the game. Likes to play football with his friends and is a huge Inter Milan fan.



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