Andrea Calcaterra and Simone Piemont (Italy, B1)
Andrea Calcaterra comes from Milan, Italy and was born in the 1950s. His aid is friend Simone Piemont.
Andrea lost his sight in 1998 due to a detachment of the retina. This was caused by a particularly aggressive form of the Herpes Zoster virus, which killed his boot retinas. It took him a couple of years to recover. He says “ I decided to go back on the path to verify I could play golf again, wich I did, and thereafter I’ve joined the Italian golf disabled federation”. In2003 he was appointed Vice President. Then, in 2008, he discovered I.b.g.a, and joined it too. He was elected to the Board of I.B.G.A. in 20010, has spent several years as Vice Chairman of Administration, and was appointed Chairman in 2018. In 2009 he participated in the british blind open in Hamilton, Scotland, since then, he kept playing I b g a tournaments with good results and a few victories. He says “The most exciting experience was to organize for the first time the Isps Handa World blind championship last year in rome at the parco de’medici golf club”.
Something interesting about Andrea is that he began to play golf in 1960, “a kid interested in how people could hit the ball with those strange clubs”. After a decade he found himself involved in amateur championships and played with the Italian Amateur team, with a 3 handicap. In the early 70s he left Italy for London, England. After a short period improving his English, he began to work for an international bank in the City. In 1976 he went back to Italy, as his father was very ill, and joined the family business. as commercial director, most of his time was spent flying round the world to meet clients and develop new markets. His father passed away suddenly in 1980,, and Andrea had to concentrate on running the family activities. He sold the company in the early 1990s, . This meant he could return to play golf, which he had not done for several years, and got his handicap to one digit.