ITALIAN OPEN 2008 - Meath star's tour de force!
Ian Farelly of Duleek, Ireland was in sensational form at the Italian Open. Ian Farrelly, whose previous international successes include the French Open, San Marino Open and the Australian Open fired rounds of 49, 46 and 45 for an inspired 22 under par 54 hole aggregate of 140 at the Virginia club. That left the Co Meath player, who makes his overdue debut for Ireland next month against Holland, eleven shots clear of his closest pursuer, fellow Irish player Alan Hanlon (the most successful performer of all-time in international opens). Jean-Claude Richard of France, a former two-time winner of the Italian Open, placed third on ten under par.
Meanwhile, top lady was Italian Benedetta Farinella on 167, a shot clear of Ireland's Tracey McGrath and fellow Italian Paula Capella. Norway's Anders Juel's 168 was best senior (over 55s) return.
Nice to see two Dutch players and an Australian (James Rogerson) in the top ten at a hugely successful Italian Open.
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