Lipparelli headed home after two seasons with Illini

Italian to start his professional career

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- After only two seasons with the Illinois golf program, Edoardo Lipparelli decided it was time to take his talent back home, to Europe.

“I spoke with coach, my plan was to stay here probably the four years but I had some opportunities and I made the choice," Lipparelli explained.

The Italian closes his Illini career with a 73.17 career stroke average. In his final appearance as an Illini at this years nationals, he finished in a tie for 16th.

“It’s tough to finish like this," he continued. "We all for sure put all the effort we can. It’s golf and it definitely didn’t end up the way we wanted to but we’ll definitely learn from this and see what the future will bring.”

Now his future is here. Lipparelli is leaving Champaign to start a professional career in his native land.

“I’ll go back to Europe and I’ll be playing some invites on the Challenge Tour event," Lipparelli said. "And then after that we’ll see how my card for the European Tour goes, if I have to do qualifying for if I’ll qualify for the Challenge Tour."

Former Illini Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters currently play on the European Tour. But one of the biggest reasons for the move, Italy is hosting the Ryder Cup in 2022.

“With the Ryder Cup being in Italy, of course there is that hope than an Italian player can make the Ryder Cup team and we have a few players on the tour,” he added.

Lipparelli hopes by that time he has made a name for himself and can represent his country. He says he will never forget his time here in Champaign, and his teammates won’t forget him.

“I never had such a good friendship, almost like brotherhood with the other five guys and it’s just an amazing experience how much time we spent together and how much stuff we did together," Lipparelli said. "It’s just something I will always be looking back when I grow up and will think about those days with them.”

“Oh it’s been fantastic. He’s learned a lot and understanding his culture and how he lives and now I want to go over to Italy and visit him," teammate Dylan Meyer added. "Just like I want to go to Belgium and see Pieters and Detry. I wish him all the best and hope that he has a successful career and we stay in touch.”


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