By Kent Gray
Muni He’s decision to turn professional on the eve of the 2017 OMEGA Dubai Ladies Classic means the $500,000 event will he indelibly linked to the career of one of the game’s most exciting prospects. But just as one door opens in Dubai, another is closing with Veronica Zorzi opting to make the LET’s season-ender the final destination of her successful touring pro days.
A five over 77 in Wednesday’s opening round means Zorzi needs something special today to prolong her 16-year career for another 36 holes. Regardless, it’s been a blast.
The 37-year-old won back-to-back French Open titles at Le Golf D’Arras in 2005 and 2006, the latter helping her finished fifth on LET Order of Merit that year. Emirates Golf Club also holds fond memories after she finished runner-up to Anja Monke in Dubai in 2008.
Zorzi thankfully won’t be lost to the game as she takes up a coaching job focused on nurturing the next generation at a golf club near Lake Garda, 30 minutes from her home in Verona.
“Now I want to try to give all my experience to young people and try to grow golf in Italy because it is still quite a low participation rate. I hope to train somebody to become a great player in the future,” she said.
“I have a group between 8-11 years old. My son, Ettore, was born on November 10, 2015 and he is also keeping me busy!”
Zorzi cited her two French Open victories and participation in team events such as the Women’s World Cup of Golf and European Nations Cup amongst her career highlights.
For the record, He, the U.S.-based Chinese star in waiting, signed for a 71 in her maiden round as a pro to share 29th place overnight.