The 11th annual Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato Golf Tournament

Click here for a Facebook photo album featuring images from the tournament. Thanks to everyone who came out to compete!

The 11th Annual Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato Golf Tournament

On Sunday, September 15, the Golf Club Paradiso in Peschiera del Garda (Verona) hosted the 11th Annual Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato Golf Tournament. Italians from across the country, Canadians, Americans, Swiss, and Finnish — more than 100 golfers in all — played the gorgeous 18-hole course.

The yearly gathering combines a celebration of the Lake Garda region, where the Zenato family began making wine 60 years ago, with the family’s devotion to excellence, quality, and attention to detail — values shared by golfers and winemakers alike.

This year, for the first time ever, the event also featured an exhibition of more than 2,000 historic golf clubs and balls, some dating back as far as 1850, a collection on loan from the Museo Privato Bisagno della Storia e dell’Antiquariato del Golf (The Bisagno Private Museum of Golf History and Antiques). Highlights from the show included photographs, books, and rare documents (some dating back to the 15th century). The show also included four of the world’s most famous golf clubs: Walter Hagen’s “Lay Flex” (1930), Bobby Jones’ “Calamity Jane” Putter (1931), the “MacGregor” iron (1948) Ben Hogan used to win the U.S. Open in 1950, and the “Jack Nicklaus MacGregor” putter (1968).

“Beyond the focus on our wines,” says Nadia Zenato, “all of our events are conceived as a celebration of our region and our country’s rich culture. We are honored to have the opportunity to host this extraordinary collection on the occasion of the tournament. The Bisagno museum was founded right here in Verona province and it’s home to some incredibly rare and historic pieces.”

Another highlight from this year’s event was the Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato 2016, a top expression of a terroir renowned for its prestige and rich history, one of the Zenato family’s premier wines throughout the world.

The Zenato family would like to thank its esteemed partners for their participation: Ineco Auto, the official Maserati showroom for Verona and Bolzano; Star Hotels, which donated a two-night stay for two guests as one of the tournament’s prizes; BeachComber, which donated a six-night stay at one of the two Golf Resort & Spa locations on Mauritius Island; and Acqua Fillete, one of Italy’s oldest mineral waters and one of its most pure, sourced from the Ciociaria mountains, a mineral water prized even in Roman times.

Paradiso del Garda Golf Club

Open year round, the Paradiso del Garda Golf Club features a modern-style, 18-hole, championship course designed by renowned American architect Jim Fazio. Even the most demanding player is sure to appreciate its features: Numerous bunkers, 5 lakes including a natural lake, and one of the most beautiful greens in all of Italy make the Paradiso del Garda Golf Club one of the country’s most fun and technically rewarding golf courses.

Zenato Winery

Founded by Sergio Zenato in 1960, Zenato Winery is located along the banks of the Verona side of Lake Garda. It includes 60 hectares of vineyards on its Santa Cristina Estate in Peschiera del Garda, where Trebbiano di Lugana is grown; and 50 hectares planted to vine on the Costalunga Estate in Valpolicella, including 35 hectares where it grows the renowned grape varieties Corvina, Rondinella, and Oseleta. Today, Sergio Zenato’s wife Carla, together with their children Alberto and Nadia, continue to share the excellence of Zenato wines in more than 65 countries around the world.

For media inquiries, please contact: Zenato Azienda Vitivinicola – Via San Benedetto, 8 Peschiera del Garda (VR) – Lucia Benedini – 347 4188852 – press@zenato.it

Museo Privato Bisagno della Storia e dell’Antiquariato del Golf

The Bisagno Private Museum of Golf History and Antiques was founded by lawyer Marco Bisagno and his wife Jole in memory of their son Davide, a golf lover who died in an accident at just 30 years of age. It’s located on the grounds of the Bisagno family villa near Verona. A putting green in the villa’s garden is adorned with a bronze statue of the famous South African golfer Bobby Locke by hyperrealist sculptor Gilberto Perlotto.

The collection contains more than 8,000 golf balls (all of them logoed), displayed in plexiglass containers in a large, contemporary installation created by architect Walter Rossetto.

The museum boasts 2,000 clubs, some of which date back to 1850, including all types and shapes, from every period of golf history. Highlights include clubs used by champions like Tom Morris, Ben Hogan, Tommy Armour, Byron Nelson, and Jack Nicklaus.

The museum also features golf bags, including a highly prized bag from 1890. Prints, lithographs, documents, and photographs are also featured in the collection, including a highly rare, numbered copy of an illuminated manuscript folio that dates back to 1450, the earliest image depicting golf in the world.

WALTER HAGEN LAY FLEX – 1930

Walter Hagen (Rochester, New York, 1892-1969) was one of the most popular athletes of the 1920s.

A true gentleman, he worked to raise the stature of professional golfing, ultimately winning the right for golf professionals to use the facilities at clubhouses.

He won 11 Majors starting in 1914. In 1925, he founded the Walter Hagen Golf Company, which built a line of clubs including the “Walter Hagen Lay Flex Wood.” Its shaft is covered with a layer of colored thermoplastic celluloid called “Pyratone.”

BOBBY JONES CALAMITY JANE SPALDING – 1931

Bobby Jones (Atlanta, Georgia 1902-1971) enjoyed an extraordinary career in golf. In the arc of eight years, he won 13 championships, including the prestigious Grand Slam of 1930 — the open and amateur championships in both the U.S. and the U.K. He went on to become one of the most celebrated athletes in American history. But at just 28 years of age, he abandoned official competition and retired from his career as an amateur golfer.

His favorite weapon was the putter — hickory shaft with a leather grip. He called it “Calamity Jane” (a name later trademarked by Spalding in 1932). It would become a legend, the most famous putter of all time.

BEN HOGAN MACGREGOR – 1948

With an iron just like this one, Ben Hogan (Stephenville, Texas 1912-1997) took the last stroke to win the 1950 U.S. Open in Merion (Philadelphia). He also used it in what would become one of golf’s most iconic photographs: An image of the final moment of his legendary swing, captured earlier in the same tournament.

Ben Hogan dominated the money list from 1940 onward. And by 1948 he was considered the best player in the world.

JACK NICKLAUS MACGREGOR – 1968

Jack Nicklaus (Columbus, Ohio 1940) dominated the golf scene for a quarter of a century. He’s the number one player of the modern era and arguably the greatest player of all time, holder of the record for the most number of victories (18) in the Majors.

The “Jack Nicklaus Div. MacGregor White Fang JN 275” putter (1968) is the same model as the one he used in 1967 to win the U.S. Open with a record 275 strokes.

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