The fifth edition of The Invitational Pro-Am, organised by Eligo Club, saw 44 PGA Professionals and tour Professionals, with 36 Tour wins combined between them, compete across the renowned Algarve-based Quinta Do Lago courses.
After a steady start, Cianchetti got himself to 11-under par through 45 holes, and whilst the European Tour’s Bradley Dredge and the PGA of Spain’s Manuel Quiros each dropped a stroke to finish at tied-fifth place, it was Colm Moriarty (PGA of GB&I) and Quinta Do Lago’s own Tomás Gouveia (PGA of Portugal) who both made late charges with a 67 (-5) and 68 (-4) respectively, to tie in second place with PGA of GB&I Professional, Liam Bond, on ten-under (206).
However, as the chasing pack chopped and changed, Cianchetti was able to hold his nerve to claim the title with a tap-in putt on the last hole.
“I played really solid this week, particularly the first two days which I concluded at 10 under par,” said the Italian at the end of his round. “Today I managed to shoot one-under par playing really well from tee to green. I didn’t make that many putts but at the end I won so I’m really happy.
“I knew my playing partner, Bradley Dredge, had won a couple of times on Tour so it was great to play with him and learn from him. I’m now going to play the qualifying school for Alps Tour and maybe get some invites next year on the Challenge and European Tours where I’ll try to do my best.”
In the Team Pro-Am event, pairs of 1 Professional and 1 Amateur battled it out over the 54 holes to claim the overall and daily team prizes, and it was Emanuele Canonica (PGA of Italy) and Vittorio Mangifesta who came out on top with an incredible 33-under par total (183).
Second place fell to Dan Ball (PGA of GB&I) and his partner, Jason Woodford, with a 25-under total (191), closely followed by Adam Sagar (PGA of GB&I) and Martin Ewins at 24-under (192).
Daily Team Winners:
- John Henry & Daphne Fagan with -10 (Day 1, Quinta Do Lago North)
- Colm Moriarty (PGA of GB&I) & Dale Brennan with -10 (Day 2, Quinta Do Lago Laranjal)
- Conor O’Neil & Greg Charlesworth with -11 (Day 3, Quinta Do Lago South)
More information on The Invitational Pro-Am 2018 is available at www.TheInvitational.eu.