Ladies European Tour

Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open

September 20-23

Club de Golf Terramar, Barcelona, Spain

€300,000

September 20-23

Club de Golf Terramar, Barcelona, Spain

€300,000

Round 4

Anne Van Dam takes wins by eight shots

September 23, 2018

Anne Van Dam delivered on her enormous potential as she romped to an eight-shot victory in the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open in Spain on Sunday.

Anne Van Dam wins by eight shots

- Ladies European Tour

The Dutchwoman earned a new nickname – ‘Estrella Van Dam’ – after a dominant performance at Club de Golf Terramar, set against the stunning backdrop of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

The 22-year-old from Arnhem completed rounds of 64, 64, 65 and 65 for a 26-under-par total of 258 to claim her second Ladies European Tour title.

Caroline Masson, amateur Selin Hyun and Caroline Hedwall shared second place on 18-under after rounds of 66, 66 and 68 respectively. Ashleigh Buhai and Aditi Ashok tied for fifth on 16-under-par.

Van Dam had recorded five top-four finishes since her maiden LET victory in the 2016 Xiamen International Open in China two years ago.

Consistently the longest driver on the women’s tours, she had come agonisingly close to winning on several occasions. A short game masterclass with her coach during last week’s Evian Championship made the difference and in Spain, she outplayed a quality field of star LPGA players such as Azahara Munoz, Carlota Ciganda and Anna Nordqvist, who finished in seventh, eighth and tied ninth places respectively.

Reflecting on her performance, Van Dam said: “The first win was good, because it was the first time I was in contention and I won it straight away, but this one makes it so much more special, because I came close quite a few times after China and was really hard on myself. I kept on working really hard and I think I proved this week that I’m not only a long driver of the ball, but my iron game is good, my wedge game is good, my short game is really good and my putting under pressure is the best it’s ever been.”

“I’m so pleased with the way I played, especially today. It was not easy, starting with a big lead and knowing that on this course, people can shoot nine-under.

“I played with crazy Caroline Hedwall, who does it a few times in a year, so I knew I had to play well. On the other hand, I didn’t look at the score. I just tried to play every shot as well as I could. When I signed my card, I didn’t know what my score was or what I shot today.”

Five clear overnight, she started the final round with a birdie, then cruised to victory with further birdies on the fourth, sixth, 10th, 12th, 13th and par-3 18th holes. Her only blemish came on the par-4 11th hole, where she flew the green with her approach shot, but it was only her second bogey of the week.

“I didn’t feel nervous today, but it’s golf. You can easily shoot nine or ten under on this course and you can mess it up pretty easily as well. It was hard not to think about that the last few holes, to stay in it and not move too far ahead. It was nice walking up the 18th and beautiful scenery here with the sea and all the people. I will never forget it,” she said.

After the win in China, there was an evening of karaoke, but this time, Van Dam said that she would continue her three-week tour of Europe with a memorable drive home.

“I drove my car here, so I have to drive 15 hours straight home, but I think I can play ‘We are the Champions’ over a million times, so I’ll do that; put some good beats on and start driving home to see my family,” she said.

After a scorching day in Sitges, Masson said that she couldn’t wait to take a dip in the sea.

“It’s been a great week. Coming here, I was trying to win this tournament, but Anne’s played phenomenal all week. I think 26-under is hard to beat. Tied second is always a great week and I’m looking forward to coming back next year,” said Masson.

Hedwall also conceded that it was Van Dam’s day. “I’m really happy with the result today. It was frustrating at times for me but in the end it was impossible to catch Anne. She has played incredibly this week and I’m really impressed.”

With less than a year to go to The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles and Van Dam’s star rising, she must surely be on captain Catriona Matthew’s radar as a potential member of the European team.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Anne Van Dam (NED)
-26
64
64
65
65
258
2
Caroline Masson (GER)
-18
68
65
67
66
266
2
Selin Hyun (KOR) (a)
-18
67
69
64
66
266
2
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
-18
69
67
62
68
266
5
Aditi Ashok (IND)
-16
66
68
69
65
268
5
Ashleigh Buhai (RSA)
-16
69
66
64
69
268
7
Azahara Munoz (ESP)
-15
67
70
68
64
269
8
Carlota Ciganda (ESP)
-14
70
69
63
68
270
9
Anna Nordqvist (SWE)
-13
70
64
71
66
271
9
Krista Bakker (FIN)
-13
73
68
63
67
271
9
Celine Herbin (FRA)
-13
62
71
67
71
271
9
Thidapa Suwannapura (THA)
-13
68
67
65
71
271
13
Madelene Sagstrom (SWE)
-11
70
68
70
65
273
13
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-11
67
70
71
65
273
13
Sandra Gal (GER)
-11
70
69
68
66
273
13
Catriona Matthew (SCO)
-11
68
69
69
67
273
17
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-10
70
72
65
67
274
17
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-10
67
75
66
66
274
17
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
-10
71
69
65
69
274
17
Carly Booth (SCO)
-10
65
72
67
70
274
21
Amy Boulden (WAL)
-9
72
70
66
67
275
21
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
-9
70
72
66
67
275
23
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
-8
76
66
64
70
276
23
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
-8
69
72
65
70
276
23
Pei-Yun Chien (TPE)
-8
67
71
68
70
276
23
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
-8
72
69
69
66
276
23
Hannah Burke (ENG)
-8
69
70
72
65
276
28
Sarah Schober (AUT)
-7
71
69
68
69
277
28
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
-7
67
75
65
70
277
28
Meghan Maclaren (ENG)
-7
72
66
68
71
277
28
Luna Sobron (ESP)
-7
68
71
67
71
277
28
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-7
70
71
69
67
277
33
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
-6
74
66
68
70
278
33
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
-6
73
69
65
71
278
33
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-6
70
70
67
71
278
33
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-6
68
67
71
72
278
33
Becky Morgan (WAL)
-6
71
70
68
69
278
33
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
-6
72
69
69
68
278
33
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
-6
73
68
71
66
278
33
Klara Spilkova (CZE)
-6
70
64
69
75
278
41
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-5
68
71
68
72
279
41
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
-5
71
70
68
70
279
41
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
-5
68
68
70
73
279
41
Lucie Andre (FRA)
-5
71
68
71
69
279
41
Trish Johnson (ENG)
-5
68
71
71
69
279
41
Rebecca Hudson (ENG)
-5
67
70
68
74
279
41
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
-5
70
70
72
67
279
41
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
-5
70
71
71
67
279
49
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
-4
73
67
70
70
280
50
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
-3
71
68
70
72
281
50
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
-3
67
65
74
75
281
50
Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN)
-3
70
69
70
72
281
50
Olafia Kristinsdottir (ISL)
-3
72
69
69
71
281
50
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
-3
69
72
72
68
281
55
Nina Pegova (RUS)
-2
70
69
71
72
282
56
Marita Engzelius (NOR)
-1
70
72
71
70
283
57
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
Par
69
70
73
72
284
57
Mireia Prat (ESP)
Par
68
73
71
72
284
57
Beth Allen (USA)
Par
70
72
71
71
284
57
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
Par
70
71
73
70
284
61
Karoline Lund (NOR)
1
68
68
75
74
285
62
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
2
67
70
72
77
286
63
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
4
71
67
75
75
288
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
Anne Van Dam (NED)
-26
258
2
Caroline Masson (GER)
-18
266
2
Selin Hyun (KOR) (a)
-18
266
2
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
-18
266
5
Aditi Ashok (IND)
-16
268
5
Ashleigh Buhai (RSA)
-16
268
7
Azahara Munoz (ESP)
-15
269
8
Carlota Ciganda (ESP)
-14
270
9
Anna Nordqvist (SWE)
-13
271
9
Krista Bakker (FIN)
-13
271
9
Celine Herbin (FRA)
-13
271
9
Thidapa Suwannapura (THA)
-13
271
13
Madelene Sagstrom (SWE)
-11
273
13
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-11
273
13
Sandra Gal (GER)
-11
273
13
Catriona Matthew (SCO)
-11
273
17
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-10
274
17
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-10
274
17
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
-10
274
17
Carly Booth (SCO)
-10
274
21
Amy Boulden (WAL)
-9
275
21
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
-9
275
23
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
-8
276
23
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
-8
276
23
Pei-Yun Chien (TPE)
-8
276
23
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
-8
276
23
Hannah Burke (ENG)
-8
276
28
Sarah Schober (AUT)
-7
277
28
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
-7
277
28
Meghan Maclaren (ENG)
-7
277
28
Luna Sobron (ESP)
-7
277
28
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-7
277
33
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
-6
278
33
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
-6
278
33
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
-6
278
33
Michele Thomson (SCO)
-6
278
33
Becky Morgan (WAL)
-6
278
33
Rebecca Artis (AUS)
-6
278
33
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
-6
278
33
Klara Spilkova (CZE)
-6
278
41
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-5
279
41
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
-5
279
41
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
-5
279
41
Lucie Andre (FRA)
-5
279
41
Trish Johnson (ENG)
-5
279
41
Rebecca Hudson (ENG)
-5
279
41
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
-5
279
41
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
-5
279
49
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
-4
280
50
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
-3
281
50
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
-3
281
50
Nicole Broch Larsen (DEN)
-3
281
50
Olafia Kristinsdottir (ISL)
-3
281
50
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
-3
281
55
Nina Pegova (RUS)
-2
282
56
Marita Engzelius (NOR)
-1
283
57
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
Par
284
57
Mireia Prat (ESP)
Par
284
57
Beth Allen (USA)
Par
284
57
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
Par
284
61
Karoline Lund (NOR)
1
285
62
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
2
286
63
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
4
288