HRADEC KRALOVE, CZECH REPUBLIC – JUNE 03: Lorenzo Scalise of Italy in action during day two of the D+D REAL Czech Challenge at Golf & Spa Kuneticka Hora on June 03, 2022 in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Tournament: Kaskáda Golf Challenge
Venue: Kaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic
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Lorenzo Scalise is hoping to draw on memories of his lowest professional round when he tees it up at the Kaskáda Golf Challenge this week.

The Italian posted a career-low ten under par round of 61 at Kaskáda Golf Resort last year to jump from the cut line into a share of the lead heading into the final round, however he was not able to convert his 54-hole co-lead into his first European Challenge Tour title.

The 26-year-old arrives in Brno this week in good form having missed just one cut in his last eight events, but is hoping to now consistently put himself in contention in the weeks to come.

“Being back in Kaskáda makes me think about a really good moving day last year,” he said. “I made the cut on the number and then all of a sudden I’m co-leading going into the final round, shooting ten under par.

“It was one of those days where you’re making all the putts you need to make, you’re never in trouble, you’re hitting really good iron shots and the game just feels easy. Everyone loves those days and I hope I can have a few more of those in the season.

“It’s always nice to come back to a place where you’ve played well. The course looks really nice. It’s the type of track that I enjoy and I think every player enjoys these type of courses.

“It’s been good recently. It hasn’t been great; I wanted to capitalise a bit more on the good play the last few weeks. It’s trending in a good direction. I feel like I’ve got very clear ideas of what I’m going to work on and I know I’m going to put in the work.”

Scalise enjoyed a stellar amateur career, winning the 2017 Italian Amateur Championship, and has two runner-up finishes since joining the Challenge Tour ranks, but now feels as though he is maturing as a golfer as he looks to make that next step in his career.

“This is my fifth week on the road and I’m going to take a week off next week, no matter how this week goes,” he said. “There are a lot of events in the calendar and everyone is going to have to play a lot of golf in order to achieve your goal at the end of the year. It’s just a matter of being able to understand how to pace yourself.

“The thing about golf is you cannot plan when you’re going to play well but you can plan your preparation and you can understand when you’re going to peak physically, when you’re going to be a little bit more tired, so I think that plays a big role. It comes a little bit with maturity and being able to understand how your body reacts to travel, to different food. It’s not easy, but it’s part of being a player as well.”

The Italian is joined in the Czech Republic this week by Road to Mallorca Number Two Jens Dantorp, who will have top spot in his sights, last week’s Empordà Challenge winner Liam Johnston and home favourite Ondrej Lieser, who in 2020 became the first Czech player to top the Road to Mallorca Rankings.

The action will get under way at 7:30am local time on Thursday June 16, with Scalise teeing it up alongside Frenchman Clément Sordet and England’s Ben Stow at 8:20am.