Olsen reigns at Sanctuary Cove Legends
Friday, 27 July 2012
Victorian Kym Olsen completed the double carding the best score on both courses that Sanctuary Cove offers to take out the Mercedes Benz Gold Coast Sanctuary Cove Legends Pro Am.
The event offers professionals and amateurs a unique experience, being held on the two Sanctuary Cove signature courses, the Palms and the Pines over two days. With a prestigious feel and 5 star treatment combined with fantastic golf courses, the event is soon becoming a stand out for the professionals as they commence the Queensland stage of the EZ-GO PGA Legends Tour.
The seniors were tested on day one with blustery conditions and many were unable to find consistency to post good scores. Olsen, who, has recently returned from playing in Thailand remained steady to post a solid 2 over on the Palms course on the first day finding opportunities on the recently renovated Ross Watson design.
“I just tried to keep it straight and get it in the hole,” said Olsen on his first round. “The Palms offers some really interesting holes to keep you challenged all the way. I was happy to be able to hold my round together to finish at 2 over.”
Meanwhile on the Pines course on day one Gold Coast based Allan Cooper finished best with another impressive score carding 1 over 73 to be in contention. Another figure in the mix was local favourite Russell Swanson who calls has intimate knowledge of the two course being a local and being positioned only just behind the leaders.
Day two saw conditions perfect for good scoring and the players enjoyed the experience of alternating courses for a different challenge. Olsen again proved that Sanctuary Cove was to his liking being able to create some birdies on the Pines layout and finish at 2 under for the day and even par for the tournament. Swanson was equally impressive on the Palms having an impressive 2 under at the end of the day, the only professional to be under par in a tournament on the Palms since its renovation. The score, however, was not enough to finish ahead of Olsen for the tournament and stayed one behind the Victorian.
With this now the second win in the first week of the EZ-GO Legends Tour Queensland Swing, Olsen is looking forward to contesting the rest of the events over the next few weeks.
“I’m really looking forward to the remainder of the Queensland events having never played a lot up here” said Olsen. “I hope that my form can continue to score well but I’m enjoying being involved in such great events.”
The tour now moves to Mt Warren Park before heading west to the Darling Downs.