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Aksel Olsen spiller NJCAA D1 National Tournament på Spirit Hollow Golf Course i Burlington, Iowa. Turneringen starter Tirsdag 13 mai og går over 4 runder og inneholder 25 lag. Dette er turneringen Aksel vant i fjor og vi håper på en gjentagelse.  Under bildet kommer en artikkel fra lokalavisen om Aksel. Vi ønsker Aksel lykke til!

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Aksel’s impression

Wallace State golfer trying to repeat as national champion.

By MATT LEVINS mlevins@thehawkeye.com


Aksel Olsen knows all about the importance of first impressions. Olsen made sure the first impression he made on Wallace State Community College-Hanceville men’s golf coach Dan York would be a lasting one. Olsen, who was recommended to York by University of South Florida coach Chris Malloy, made such a first impression on York during a practice round that York signed him to a scholarship on the spot. That has been a profitable relationship for both parties. Olsen won last year’s National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Men’s Golf National Championship, helping the Lions to a seventh-place finish in the team race, 11 spots higher than the previous year. Now, Olsen is poised to make it back-to-back national championships. The NJCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Championship gets under way today and concludes Friday afternoon at Spirit Hollow Golf Course. When the final putt drops, Olsen hopes to be hoisting the championship trophy and hopes his teammates will be there with him, celebrating a team title. «Aksel is a very talented young man. He’s going to go a long way in the world of golf,» York said. «Aksel is just a very solid player. He doesn’t have any weaknesses to his game. Mentally, he is more mature than most young players. I think his strongest suit is his mind.» Olsen, who already has signed to play golf at South Florida the next two years, grew up in Stavanger, Norway, where the average high temperature peaks in May at 67.8 degrees. Most of the year the temperatures range from 36-67 degrees, not exactly conducive to year-round golf. Olsen took advantage of every opportunity he could get to work on his game, something he still works on daily. «We have probably 10-15 good quality courses. It’s a little different. The quality of the courses over here is a lot better, just the greens and everything. It’s not very good back home,» Olsen said. «This is perfect for me to come over here and mix school with golf and get to do so much practicing in nice weather. It’s a great opportunity for me to get better. If I were back home I don’t think I would have gotten that much better because you only have a limited amount of time to play.» Last year, Olsen – who started golfing at age four with his dad and brother – showed his potential at the national tournament on the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas. Olsen trailed T.J. Morgan of Meridian College by one shot with two holes to play. Olsen went 2-under over the final two holes to force a playoff, which he won on a bizarre first hole which took over 30 minutes to play. «We both hit it in the fairway bunker and then we both laid up. I chunked my third shot short of the green and he hit his third shot like 25 feet away, maybe,» said Olsen. «I went up to chip and the sprinkler heads went off. They were spraying down my ball for like 20 minutes and then I went up and chipped it and it lipped out. He ended up three-putting and I ended up making par. «That’s not really the way I pictured it. I’ll take the win. It was a great experience.» Olsen became the first player in program history to earn an individual national championship and earned the Arnold Palmer Award as the low medalist and became the 14th NJCAA All-American in Wallace State-Hanceville golf history. Outside of collegiate competition, Olsen finished second at the Norwegian Men’s National Championship and got a call up from the Norwegian national team after winning the Under-21 Rudersdal Open in Denmark. Olsen represented his country at the World Boys Team Championships in Japan in 2009. Olsen is poised to become just the third player in NJCAA Division I history to repeat as individual champion, the first since Nick Rousey of Central Alabama accomplished the feat in 1999-2000. «If I just play well and keep it together, I think I have a pretty decent chance. I feel like my game is pretty good right now. I’m excited for Tuesday to start,» Olsen said. «There is a lot of good competition out here. You are going to have to play really well to win, as a team and as an individual. I’m going to do my best.»


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