Top seniors fight it out

May 10, 2017

Champions: Current national senior champion Kym Olsen (right) is a favourite for the Cobram Barooga Seniors Open currently underway. He's pictured with former test cricketer Dean Jones (left), also participating in the tournament.

Cobram Barooga Golf Club is currently hosting the cream of Victorian senior amateur golfers, with its annual Cobram Barooga Seniors Open.

The Open, which began on Monday, runs until tomorrow with a field in excess of 250 players taking part in this year’s event.

The event is also part of the Golf Victoria Doug Bachli Trophy series.

The field is highlighted by the current national senior champion Kym Olsen, who is clear favourite for this year’s event.

Olsen currently plays off a +3 handicap out of the National Golf Club and he brings an impressive playing record that includes current Australian Seniors and Masters Champion and current Queensland Seniors Champion.

He grew up in Crystal Brook on the southern base of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia before joining the Army at 15.

In recent times Olsen has played the game at a professional level and he is a past winner of the PGA Legends Tour Order of Merit in 2012.

He won a record 15 events in the 2012 season, where he was named the rookie and player of the year and in 2013, Olsen competed against the world’s best at the US Open.

He had to give up the game professionally due to family reasons and has gained his amateur status back.

Olsen, now 56, is one of the younger players at this year’s event and he will face stiff opposition from defending champion Gordon Claney, past champions Ian Frost and Ray Walker and newcomer this year, ex-Test cricketing great Dean Jones, who in recent times has turned his immense sporting talents to golf.

Apart from the elite players, the event also caters for the club golfer with men’s and women’s sections playing stableford, with more than 60 clubs represented from across the country.

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