Vince Van Veen captures his first win at the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera.
La Gomera, July 16th 2022- Vince Van Veen captures his first win at the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera after one hole of sudden-death playoff. France’s Julien Sale (am) and Netherland’s Vince Van Veen concluded their final round at Tecina Golf, taking part in a two-way sudden-death playoff thanks to their three-day score of 15 under-par. One shot back tied for 3rd place at 14 under-par Portugal’s Tomas Guimaraes Bessa, France’s Tom Vaillant (am) and Netherland’s Lars Keunen. There was a two-way tie for 6th place at 13 under-par: Ireland’s Jonathan Yates and Swiss Daniel Gurtner.
Italy’s Gregorio De Leo, remains the current Alps Tour Order of Merit leader after 15 events. France’s Julien Sale (am) has now moved into 2nd place and France’s Tom Vaillant (am) into 3rd place.
In the beautiful backdrop of the Canary Islands, the final round of 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera played at the spectacular Tecina Golf on La Gomera Island, began at 8:30 this morning while the leaders teed off at 9:47am. The weather conditions have been constant throughout the tournament days creating good scoring opportunities for the players. When the first groups teed off, there was a comfortable temperature with barely any wind. However, mid-morning, the wind picked up creating intricate conditions for the players.
Netherland’s Vince Van Veen, 26 years of age wins the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera after 1 hole of sudden-death playoff by holing out a chip shot for birdie. He was 15th in the Order of Merit before the start of this week, but has now moved into 8th place. Vince shot a 6 under-par round today for a three-day total of 15 under-par. He has been playing very solid during this entire season and was glad to have captured his first win on the Alps Tour at a course he was familiar. When he completed the playoff, he was very pleased, “the course was playing a lot easier today as there was less wind. There were some tricky pins but as there was less wind it made it easier. I’ve been playing well for quite some time but I kept believing and doing the same things that were making me play well which eventually led to today’s victory. To win in this fashion, in a playoff chipping in makes it even better as I’ve been waiting a while for this. There were definitely some emotions at the end which I was glad to let go.” Vince dedicates “this win is to my entire team as they have helped me throughout the tough times. We stuck together, communicated openly and I’m glad to have them by my side. My season goal was to get into the top 5, I’m close and I’m happy to have made a big stride here. I’m very thankful for the people around me who kept believing in me.”
French amateur, Julien Sale who is only 24 years old, continues to demonstrate his solid performance having 8 top 10 so far this season, 5 of them occurred in the last 5 tournaments. He has now moved into 2nd place of the Order of Merit rank. During today’s final round, Julien shot an incredible bogey-free final round of 7 under-par round.
Portugal’s Tomas Guimaraes Bessa, winner of the third event of the season, the 2022 New Giza Open concluded the tournament in a three-way tie for 3rd place at 14 under-par. He shot a final round of 8 under-par, 63 which was the lowest round of the day. His round today included 1 eagle, 7 birdies and a single bogey. After his amazing 8 under-par round especially a fabulous eagle at the reachable par 4, 2nd hole, Tomas commented “the 2nd hole is a reachable par 4, I hit a perfect drive to 10ft and made the putt it really was a perfect hole! Of course, an eagle so early in your round, especially a final round gives you a good boost. The wind was really calm this morning which was nice, Alvaro and I were both playing really well and pulling for each other which made it even better.” He also thoroughly enjoyed the location this week, “this week is definitely one of the best weeks of the year no doubt! An amazing hotel with views over the Atlantic. The golf course is in perfect shape what else can we ask for!” When asked about his plans for the rest of the season Tomas responded, “considering the position that I am at in the rankings and how well the other guys are playing my goal is to play my best and be in contention every week. That’s the only chance I have of getting in the top 5 by the end of the year and hopefully a win will happen along the way.”
Amateur Tom Vaillant, a two-time winner this season concluded the tournament in a three-way tie for 3rd place with a total score of 14 under-par. After his round he commented “it was another great week for me. Being in contention on the final day and finishing in the top 3 is always very positive. I’m looking forward to continuing my good performance in the next event.”
Netherland’s Lars Keunen, shot a final round of 1 under-par to conclude the tournament in the three-way tie at 14 under-par.
Final Round –
Vince Van Veen winner of the 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera, earned 6,525 Order of Merit points and the winning check of €5,800.
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The Alps Tour heads back to Italy next week for the 16th event of the season, the 2022 Roma Alps Open. The event will be played from July 21st– 23rd at Golf Club Parco de’ Medici, in Rome, Italy.
The 2022 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera is promoted and organized by JGolf. The tournament can count on the support of the Fred. Olsen S.A., the Federación Canaria de Golf, the Gobierno de Canarias, Promotur Turismo de Canarias, el Cabildo Insular de la Gomera and Kyocera. The Fred Olsen Alps De La Gomera supports the celebration of the 2023 Solheim Cup.
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