Maria Pia tribute appearing in: http://www.golfbytourmiss.com/2014/04/italian-golf-agw-mourn-maria-pia-gennaro/
Italian golf, the European Tour and the Association of Golf Writers mourn the passing the Maria Pia Gennaro.
Maria Pia was a stalwart of Italian golf working tirelessly as an editor for a number of magazines including Golf Today.
Maria Pia wih a young-looking Lee Westwood who wrote the preface in her book (See below)
She grew-up with the likes of Franceso and Edorado Molinari, Silvo Grapassoni, Alessandro Tardini, Massimo Scarpa and a younger generation of Italian players being lead by Matteo Manassero.
In fact, Francesco Molinari, Grappassoni and Manassero contribute to the magazine while Francesco posted this tribute on his twitter page to Maria Pia was just 59 years young.
Triste risveglio qui ad Augusta per la notizia della scomparsa di Maria Pia, capace di raccontare il golf come pochi. Un abbraccio a Nick
Translated to English:- Sad awakening here in Augusta for the news of the death of Maria Pia, able to tell the golf like few others. A hug to Nick
And Matteo Manassero posted this tribute:
Translated to English: Thinking of you, R.I.P Maria Pia
Maria Pia became the Association of Golf Writer’s first Italian-born member when elected in 2008 and one of her dear pleasures in becoming a member of the AGW was to attend the Golf Writers Dinner.
Of course, she hardly missed an Italian Open and would regularly attend the European Masters while was present at the BMW PGA Championship and The Open.
However it was in attending the Italian Open that those of us who knew Maria Pia easily realised the respect she commanded not just among the Italian-born players but within the Italian Golf Association and in her dealings with event organisers and sponsors.
Sadly, Maria Pia had been due to attend this year’s Masters. Given her struggle she had not attended Augusta for a few years but successfully sought accreditation for this week.
Matha Wallace, the long-time Press Officer here at the Masters, is holding her Masters media credentials, and with her and her devoted front desk team naturally saddened to learn of her passing.
Golf Today is carrying this wonderful picture of Maria (see above) aside copies of the Claret Jug on the magazines website.
Maria Pia’s funeral is being held on Wednesday in her beloved Milan and those of us here at Augusta will be thinking of her.
The Fascination of Golf is about more than hitting a little white ball into a small hole. Now acclaimed golf writer Maria Pia Gennaro examines every facet of the game, from its origins to its great courses, from its fashions to its legendary talents and tournaments, in an analysis as stimulating as it is insightful. Enhanced with splendid images by the world’s best photographers, Fascination of Golf more than lives up to its name.
Maria Pia’s last Tweet – 13th January, 2014