Olin Browne Shines In Champions Tour Debut 2009: By Luke

Olin Browne shines in Champions Tour debut

BY LUKE MEREDITH The Associated Press Saturday, May 30, 2009 Olin Browne of Tequesta lines up a putt on the 18th green during the
first round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic on Friday in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Just before newcomer Olin Browne teed off with Fuzzy Zoeller on the 16th hole at Glen Oaks Country Club, Browne joked that it must be the “hole-in-one” spot, considering Zoeller’s miraculous ace there three years ago. Browne then pulled out a 6-iron and stuck his ball within inches of the hole. Welcome to the senior circuit, kid. Browne, who turned 50 last week and is playing his first tournament on the Champions Tour, shot a 4-under 67 to join Iowa native Lonnie Nielsen and Bruce Vaughan atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the Principal Charity Classic. Eleven players are one shot off the lead, including Nick Price, Fred Funk and Tom Kite. cm-bd
“To me, it’s starting over again. But that’s cool. That’s kind of fresh,” said Browne, who won three titles on the PGA Tour. “It’s going to be great.”

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