13th July 2023 | Alps Tour Golf
Ronan Mullarney leads after a bogey-free opening round at the 2023 Fred.Olsen Alps De La Gomera.
Round 1 Notes
Ronan Mullarney leads after a bogey-free opening round at the 2023 Fred.Olsen Alps De La Gomera.
On the beautiful Island De La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, the first round of the 2023 Fred.Olsen Alps De La Gomeraplayed at the beautiful Tecina Golf began at 8:20 am. This is the 4th edition of the 2023 Fred.Olsen Alps De La Gomera after its previous three editions which were hosted in 2018, 2019 and 2022. The players were able to compete under perfect weather conditions which favored good scoring opportunities as they began the tournament with sunny skies and minimal light winds.
Round 1 Player Quotes
Ireland’s Ronan Mullarney, 27 years old leads by 2 strokes after his great 1st round at the 2023 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera. He shot a bogey-free, 9 under-par opening round. He currently sits in 2nd place in the Order of Merit Rank and captured his 1st full-field professional win at the 2023 Gösser Open which took place in May. He previously had played in some events in 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic began but this is his 1st full year on the Alps Tour. Mullarney turned professional in 2019 and competed in the 2022 Open Championship. After his performance, he commented: “I’m very pleased, I played nice and putted quite well. Today I was able to birdie a lot of the par 5s and one eagle which definitely helped. The course is nice, the practice putting green is different than the course so it took a little while to get used to while I got out there.” He added that he’s “usually fairly aggressive off the tees hitting a lot of drivers, and I plan to keep doing that the next two rounds and hopefully I keep putting well.”
Kevin Hesbois from Belgium, 32 years old who currently represents Ternesse Golf & Country Club, concluded his 1st round with a 7 under-par, 64 and is one of the three players tied for 2nd place only 2 strokes back. He made 1 eagle, 6 birdies and 1 bogey during his opening round. After his round, Hesbois commented on how well he played, “Today was fun and I obviously played well all day. On the front nine, I hit it close a couple times which helped create the momentum for the round. I was able to finish strong as well which is always nice when you have it going low.” Hesbois went on to add that: “course is really good. Conditions are good and promote low scoring. Wind was a small factor. The warmth was harder to manage. I have no real expectations this week. Just going to keep focusing on the right things. Only goal is to give myself as many birdie chances as possible and stay as patient as possible. Scores will take care of themselves.”
Netherland’s Bob Geurts, 24 years old is the second player tied for 2nd place with a first-round score of 7 under-par. He turned professional towards the end of last year and prior to this week, his best finishes were a tie for 11th place at the 2023 Gösser Open and at the 2023 Croara Alps Open. During today’s round, he made 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 1 bogey on the front nine and 1 bogey and 3 birdies on the back nine for a 64. After his round, Geurts was happy that he “hit the ball great and put myself in good spots to make birdies. It was a really solid day of golf. I tried to keep it simple and put a good round together.” He also commented that Tecina Golf “is great, it’s a relaxing and nice course. I love the layout and the fact that there wasn’t a lot of wind today was very fortunate.”
Twenty-six years old, Davide Buchi from Italy is the third player tied for 2nd place after his opening bogey- free 7 under-par, 64. He currently represents Golf Club Varese and has gathered a couple of top 20 finishes so far this season. Buchi began his round with 2 birdies and an unbelievable albatross on the par 5, 3rd hole in his first four holes. After his bogey-free round, Buchi happily commented that “I hit a great iron shot but I’d never thought that it would go in. It’s my first albatross of my career. It for sure gave me good momentum for the remaining of the round. I want to keep thinking about my own game and keep playing well like today. The course is in excellent conditions and the rough isn’t too high, therefor we will be able to go low.”
In the 3-way tie for 5th place at 6 under-par: France’s Oihan Guillamoundeguy, Ireland’s Michael Young and Spanish amateur Jose Antonio Sintes Navarro.
The highlight of the day belongs to Italy’s Davide Buchi who made an incredible albatross on the 500 meters par 5, 3rd hole.
The second round of the 2023 Fred.Olsen Alps de La Gomera will begin again at 8:20 am local time from the 1st and 10thhole. After round 2, a cut will be made to the top 40 players and ties.
The players are contending a prize fund of €40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The winner will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points
The first-round leader, Ronan Mullarney will begin round 2 at 12:00pm local time from the 1st hole.
Tecina Golf and Hotel Jardín Tecina, host hotel of the tournament, are committed to sustainability and environmental preservation, which implies a harmonious integration between the golf course, the hotel and the surrounding plant and animal life.
In terms of waste management, the use of plastic has been eliminated as much as possible and digital processes have been adopted to reduce paper consumption. In addition, Tecina Golf has a wastewater treatment plant to ensure adequate and respectful treatment of the water used on the golf course. Hotel Jardín Tecina and Tecina Golf have managed to combine luxury and quality with a solid and respectful approach to the ecosystem, with minimal impact on the environment and local culture.
The 2023 Fred.Olsen Alps De La Gomera is promoted and organized by JGolf.
The 2023 Fred.Olsen Alps De La Gomera can count on the support of the Fred.Olsen S.A., the Federación Canaria de Golf, the Real Federación Española de Golf, the Gobierno de Canarias, Promotur Turismo de Canarias, the Cabildo Insular de la Gomera, Kyocera and Nextcaddy.
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12th July 2022 | Alps Tour Golf
The players head back to the Canary Islands for the 2022 Fred Olsen Alps de la Gomera.
La Gomera, July 12th 2022- The tour heads back to the Canary Islands this week for the 2022 Fred Olsen Alps de la Gomera. The tournament will be played at the iconic Tecina Golf from July 14th-16th. On July 13th, approximately 20 teams will participate in the traditional best ball aggregate to par pro-am. This will be the 3rd edition of the 2022 Fred Olsen Alps de la Gomera after its previous two editions hosted in 2018 and 2019. La Gomera has been a European destination for professional golf for the past 11 years, including hosting the Challenge Tour for 8 consecutive years.
As we are head towards the final stretch of the with the remaining 4 events, players are competing for important Order of Merits points. At the end of the season the top 5 players in the rank will gain access to the 2023 Challenge Tour season.
Ten of this season past winners will attend the 2022 Fred Olsen Alps de la Gomera: Stefano Mazzoli winner of the first tournament of the season the 2022 Ein Bay Open, Oihan Guillamoundeguy winner of the 2022 Red Sea Little Venice Open, Tomas Guimaraes Bessa winner at the 2022 New Giza Open, Adrien Pendaries winner at the Winter Series Terre dei Consoli, Mathias Eggenberger winner at the Winter Series Golf Nazionale, Manuel Morugan winner of the 2022 Abruzzo Alps Open, Koen Kouwenaar winner at the 2022 Molinetto Alps Open, Tom Vaillant winner at the 2022 Open de la Mirabelle d’Or and the 2022 Aravell Golf Open by Crèdit Andorrà, Gary Hurley winner of the Alps de Andalucía and Davey Porsius winner at the 2022 Hauts de France-Pas de Calais Golf Open.
Current Order of Merit Leader and most recent winner Italy’s Gregorio De Leo will not be in the field this week as he is taking a week off, however France’s Tom Vaillant (am) who is a two-time winner this season and second in the rank, as well as France’s Julien Sale (am) who is currently third in the rank will compete to try and secure their Challenge Tour status for next year.
There are 11 different nationalities represented among the estimated 85 players scheduled to play this week. The players will contend for a prize fund of € 40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The tournament winner will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.
The most recent tournament defending champion is Gonzalo Vicente Elena who won in 2019 with a score of 14 under-par.
The format of the tournament is a 54 holes stroke play and a cut will be made after 36 holes to the top 40 players and ties.
To view the most up-to-date entry list click here.
Tecina Golf will be played as a 6343 meters par 71 course. The course was designed by British architect Donald Steel, and is situated on the hill of Lomada de Tecina specifically on the Canary Island of La Gomera, which was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2012. The course overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and all the 18 holes are played facing the ocean. To reach the 1st tee, the players will need to climb up the hill and the course is played downhill from there. The course is set in the middle of a native Canary Islands vegetation such as banana and mango fruit trees succumbing to an unbelievable ambiance.
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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14th July 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Spain’s García-Heredia wins Fred Olsen Alps de La Gomera
Alfredo García-Heredia (ESP) won today the Fred Olsen Alps de La Gomera at the Tecina Golf with a total score of -18. The 36-year-old player from Spain’s Asturias region had been leading the tournament since the first round.
Rising golf stars of the Alps Tour will now travel back to Spain’s mainland for the Alps de Las Castillas in León July 18th through July 20th.
Photo @Paulino Diaz
12th July 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia leader in Alps de La Gomera
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia (ESP) is the sole leader of the Fred Olsen Alps de La Gomera after round 1 with a total score of -7.
Photo @Paulino Diaz
10th July 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
La Gomera welcomes the Alps Tour
The second half of the Alps Tour season is well underway and rising golf stars are heading this week to the small island of La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, for the Fred Olsen Alps de La Gomera July 12th through July 14th.
It is the first time the Alps Tour makes a stop in La Gomera and its 378 square kilometers area. The island has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO due to its ecological treasure with its rich vegetation and species rarely found anywhere else on the planet. The magnificent peak Garajonay, culminating at 1.487 meters above sea level, looks at the Atlantic Ocean in a sequence of mountains and canyons that form almost perfect circles.
The tournament is played at the Tecina Golf La Gomera, a 18-hole par 71 golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Donald Steel. The course has the particularity of being built on top of a cliff in a succession of terraces down the mountain overlooking the Atlantic.