At the EIBGA we cannot be more proud of the participation of one of our most successful pupils, Nina Rissi, at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima. Representing Brazil, and with her precious youth and amateur status against many experienced professionals, she played a leading role in the team finishing in the 17th position tied in the women’s individual event, the best Brazilian woman, and 7th in the mixed competition, teamed with Alexandre Rocha.
This has been a unique opportunity for Nina, allowing her to live the experience of a great multisport event with an Olympic atmosphere, in the village with athletes from other modalities and countries. From August 8 to 11, Lima Golf Club was the chosen scenario with individual men’s, women’s individual and mixed team categories in a competition played to 72 holes. The Confederaçao Brasileria de Golfe (CBGolfe) selected four players: Alexandre Rocha, Adilson da Silva, Luiza Altman and Nina Rissi, and equipped them with the uniform and magnificent golf bags with the Brazilian flag.
In the women’s competition 32 players participated. “Nina has already represented Brazil despite residing in Barcelona, and has always shown her determination and desire to represent Brazil each time she has been selected,” said CBGolfe president Euclides Gusi.
“The golf course is very strategic to play. The first bunkers are all about 200 meters away, which is the average distance that women reach from the tee. And the fairways are quite tight. But in general, the course is in very good condition and it is always is good to play here,” said Nina Rissi, just back from the Pan American Games.
In the first round, Nina scored two birdies and three bogeys to end with 72 shots (+1), the 12th tied. In the second round, Rissi kept her medal options in a card with four birdies, counterweighed by five other bogeys, that gave her another 72 to score 144 strokes (+2), and tied for the 7th place. The third round, however, was not so lucky with seven bogeys and a birdie, placing her 17th with 221 shots (+8). And on Sunday, in the fourth and final round Nina recovered her game with a 75, for a total of 296 strokes (+12) and the magnificent final place of 17th tied. The medals were gold for the American Emilia Migliaccio (-8), silver for the Paraguayan Julieta Granada (-4) and bronze for the Colombian Paula Andrea Hurtado (-3).
Special thanks to Nina’s caddy, Jonathan, her mother and her first fan, Graciela Rissi!!! And thank you very much for the care and attention you have dedicated to us from the Confederaçao Brasileria de Golfe. The next edition of the Pan American Games will be in 2023 in Santiago, Chile.