A legend is born at Tewantin tour

Noosa Legends Pro Am winner Kiwi Craig Owens (centre), Mark Tickle and David Rosenthal.
Noosa Legends Pro Am winner Kiwi Craig Owens (centre), Mark Tickle and David Rosenthal. Geoff Potter

NEW Zealand golfer Craig Owen claimed honours at the Tewantin Noosa Legends Championship on Wednesday.

The Taranaki PGA teaching professional and former New Zealand World Cup representative carded a two-round total of two-under-par 140 to win the $20,000 PGA of Australia Legends Tour event.

Owen held off New South Welshman Russell Swanson by two strokes, with fast-finishing Queenslander Hugh Dolan a further shot off the pace.

Owen set the foundations for victory on Tuesday, when he compiled an opening round of three under par to be in second place, a stroke behind New South Welshman Larry Canning.

While Canning dropped out of contention with a score of three over par, Owen managed to overcome the more testing conditions to shoot a second round of one under par.

Meanwhile, Swanson held steady with a second-round score of even par and Dolan emerged as the only competitor to shoot under 70 Wednesday, when he produced a three-under-par rush.

For Owen, the strong result followed his second placing at the Fraser Coast Classic and will ensure he is promoted from 27th placing on the Legends Tour Order of Merit.

Brett Officer was the best of the Sunshine Coast contingent at Tewantin Noosa.

He claimed 13th place in the 71-man field after recording successive rounds of 74.

The next Legends Tour event is the City of Ipswich Sandy Gallop Legends Pro-Am on August 17.


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