Professional golfer Kym Olsen has big plans for his hometown of Crystal Brook.
Olsen, who has competed against some of the greats in tournaments around the world, wants to host a Pro-Am event in the town.
He plans to raise the possibility with the local golf club in April as way of giving something back to junior golfers by holding the tournament.
“It is a great opportunity for kids to see some really good golf,”he said.
He said sponsors were needed for the event.
Such players as Mike Harwood, Rodger Davis, Tim Elliott and Dave Merriman might join Olsen in the field of competitors for the proposed tournament. ”I want to put it on the Pro-Am circuit,” he said.
Olsen, 51, has strong links with the Mid North, having been born in Yongala before moving to Crystal Brook.
His father Dennis Olsen, who worked for the highways department, died while Kym Olsen was in the military.
Olsen’s brother Ricky, of Port Pirie, is prominent in basketball and table tennis.
While he was in the Army, Olsen was an apprentice carpenter and joiner and helped to build bridges, roads and barracks.
He married and went to Canada in 1986 then the Caribbean and Cocos Islands while working around the world with an international construction company.
He turned professional in 2011, playing in Asia for six months as well as Portugal, Europe and Australia.
He won the Indonesian Senior Masters in 2011 and beat Australia’s greatest-ever player Rodger Davis in a play-off for the Fiji Senior Classic.
Every time he comes home to see his mother Elizabeth at Wallaroo, he plays a round of golf at Crystal Brook and Laura.
The Brook has special memories – he started competing about 11 years old as a left-handed golfer.
“When I was buying new sticks, John Millard Electrical only had right-handed clubs so I had to change,” he said.
DREAM…International senior golfer Kym Olsen has a dream – he wants to host a Pro-Am tournament in the Mid North.
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