Vincent Van Veen Edges Ahead Day 1
June 16th, 2021 – Como, Italy. After a first-round win for the Netherlands on Sunday in the Euro 2020 football it was the turn of Dutch player Vincent Van Veen to emulate his home team’s victory by taking the lead here at the Memorial Giorgio Bordoni after carding a 64 (-6).
Playing from the tenth in the early afternoon, the Dutchman shot four birdies and two bogeys going out and came home with a bogey-free back nine and four more birdies.
His previous time on the course saw him finish joint 41st: “I played here two years ago and remember that it was a narrow course. I had to get back to the drawing board after the first year here and figure out a game plan that suits me better on this course and for now it’s working nicely. I got off to a nice start today and just tried to stick to my game plan”.
Nor was he overly bothered by the hot and sunny conditions this afternoon at the GC Pinetina but his result was especially satisfying as he acknowledged having experienced a downturn in 2020: “I struggled last year and went through a bit of a slump, but I’ve worked my way out of it nicely by sticking to just doing one thing, keep doing the same thing over and over again until I find my comfort zone and it’s paying off now”.
Just one stroke behind on 65 (-5) are five players including one of Van Veen’s partners out on the course today, the Englishman Jack Floydd. At the end of the outward nine, Floydd was actually one stroke ahead after three birdies and not a bogey in sight. Despite a flawless inward nine and two more birdies it was not enough to topple the Dutchman.
The other four players on 65 (-5) are Sigot Lopez from Spain, Arthur Ameil Planchin from Switzerland, Franck Daux from France, and the Italian, Ludovico Addabbo. Also teeing off from the tenth, at the end of the morning rounds the two were joint leaders. Daux entered the clubhouse first having fired seven birdies and two bogeys. Addabbo joined him later with a spotless card of five birdies to continue his best season so far on the Alps Tour and content with today’s work: “Today was a very good day out on the course. I played a solid long game; I missed some putts but I’m happy with the result. It’s a very hard course and in very good condition. You have to hit a lot of irons from the tee and pretty straight as there are a lot of out of bounds and water hazards on the right and left of the fairways”.
The chasing pack on 66 (-4) has eleven players including two amateurs: Gregorio De Leo from Italy and Victor Garcia Broto from Spain.
Tee-off starts at 7:30 am tomorrow form the first and tenth with the leader heading out at 8:14. Temperatures will remain high with a few showers in the early morning prior to play as we head into crunch time and the cut after 36 holes.
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