Reigning Australian Senior Amateur champion Kym Olsen added the Queensland title to his resume with a wire-to-wire victory at Carbrook.
Olsen, a 56-year-old from The National GC in Victoria, took a nine-shot lead into the final round which he retained until the end.
His was the only player to finish with a sub-par aggregate after rounds of 69-68-74 on the Par-71 Carbrook layout.
He defeated Ian Frost (Rich River) who also closed with a 74 while Peter Dagan (Redcliffe) was a further three strokes back in third place.
“I spent the first nine holes trying to figure out how to blow a nine-shot lead,’’ said Olsen, reflecting on his final round. “My putting was very ordinary … I must have used up all my currency on the greens in the two opening rounds.
“I finally breathed a sigh of relief on the 14 or 15th hole when I realised I couldn’t really lose it from there.’’
Olsen said the lightning fast greens at Carbrook were the slickest he had encountered for a long while.
“The course was a good test of golf and a credit to the green staff, management and members who must have worked so hard to recover from the damage inflicted earlier in the year,’’ he said.
Carbrook sustained severe damage in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie in early April and it is remarkable the club was able to host a significant tournament only four months later.
Olsen plans to defend his Australian Seniors title at Royal Hobart in October after he tales a lengthy break from the game to address on-going issues with mental health.
“I’ve battled a mental health issue for the past 18 months and need to take time off to continue with treatment,’’ he said.
“I have depression and I have to fight that every day. Golf is not a problem, it is the anxiety and a multitude of issues that go with that …
“I’ve had days where I’ve had six or seven-under and cannot wait to get off the golf course and get away.’’
Olsen said he was appreciative and grateful to his fellow players for the understanding of his on-going battle.
“Everyone is very understanding of the situation, they are great people everywhere I have played.
“Hopefully I can raise awareness of mental health issues and prompt people to seek help and support.’’
Olsen, who travelled extensively in his vocation as a construction project manager, contested the US and Canadian amateurs earlier in his career.
He also had a successful stint as a professional after turning 50 years of age, winning 14 events on the Australasian PGA Legends Tour during his debut season.
After experiencing the world of professional golf, Olsen applied for re-instatement as an amateur and was sidelined from the game for two years.
“Playing as a professional was never about money for me. It was about testing and challenging myself,’’ he said.
Olsen has also struggled with physical problems in recent years, including surgery for Polyarticular Arthritis, a condition which causes inflammation of multiple joints.
He has an invitation to contest the Canadian Seniors Amateur Championship in September but is uncertain if he will make the trip.
Queensland Senior Men’s Championship age division winners (gross) were as follows: 55-59 years, Kym Olsen (The National) 211; 60-64 years, Peter Dagan (Redcliffe) 223; 65-69 years, Philip Towle (Coolangatta –Tweed) 232; 70 + years, John Zygis (Windaroo Lakes) 247.
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