I am from Sicily and I am a tournament girl. Sicilian girls compete for the same rules as the men: they can wear the shirt and skirt that already have butterflies on them, they can chip-putt, putt-putt, listen to the pianist, listen to the badminton player, and they are not told to stop talking.
For me, golf is easier. It is always just half an hour. It is easier to say, “Yeah, I am Sicily”, even if my eyes keep darting back to the ball and the club. If you can just keep it together, you can play golf and play and play. When I see other girls play golf, I go, “How can they keep it together?” I hope that everybody in the tournament will understand me.
More than 450 girls in Sicily will compete in the ISGI National Golf Festival that starts tomorrow and runs for two weeks. There are tournaments, par-three events, juniors and older ladies tournaments. On a single day, we’ll play four or five rounds. If you score more than 10 points, you get free drinks.
I have never been in a tournament in Italy, but I plan to go to Sicily to participate. My favourite place to compete is Caserma del Golfo, just south of Palermo. There are the blocks of terrain, the calm water and the palm trees. It is a beautiful place, as you can find it almost anywhere.
I have two friends who have participated in tournaments in Sicily. They told me it is always difficult because there are so many different course conditions. We would play in different weather and it was not always easy to focus. Their advice: Go in a calm wind.
I love golfing because it is a sport without concrete, without metal, without shoes or golf balls. It is just with the wind and the ball.