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The 2014 edition of the “Kings of Golf by Optima” was a great success. Nicolas Colsaerts, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Sam Torrance ensured the show on the route of Zoute and in front of a public amazed.
 
By Miguel Tasso

Golf shots from elsewhere, a festive atmosphere and a beautiful autumn sun:

the second edition of the “Kings of Golf by Optima”, which took place in the magical setting of the Royal Zoute Golf Club, was a great success. This tournament-exhibition enjoyed, it is true, an exceptional plateau with the presence of Nicolas Colsaerts, of course, but also three legends of world golf and the Ryder Cup: the Scottish Sam Torrance and the Spanish Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Under a beautiful autumnal sun, the four champions came out the big game, literally and figuratively. In the morning, in order to launch the event, they struck bales (biodegradable) in the sea from a platform installed on the dike, in front of the Knokke Tourist Office. And, in the afternoon, after a “clinic” placed under the seal of good humor, they clashed on ten holes during a “Skins Game” charity.

For the occasion, Colsaerts teamed with Olazabal while Jimenez formed a new tandem with Torrance. A bonus of 1000 euros was offered on each hole. As it should, it was immediately donated to the partner works (the “Jeronimo”, “Muco”, “Missing Children Europe” and “Belgian Kids Fund” associations).

More than two thousand spectators – connoisseurs and mixed Boeotians – enjoyed both the walk, the song of birdies and the remarkable strokes of the four tenors.

Jose-Maria Olazabal, 48, also enjoys the Knokkois club. A few years ago, he had even sent a personalized and complimentary dedication to Leopold Lippens. “It’s one of the most beautiful courses I’ve had the opportunity to play,” he wrote. A compliment which obviously remained engraved in the heart of the president of the Royal Zoute Golf Club and the burgomaster of Knokke-Heist.Heureux to evolve in front of his supporters, the “Belgian Bomber” took the heavy artillery and sent some drives which he has the secrets to the delight of his many admirers. But his gaming partners also had arguments. Starting with Miguel Angel Jimenez, 50 years old and one of the most appreciated players on the planet-golf. Arrived the same morning, in private jet, since his dear city of Malaga, the Andalusian was equal to his reputation of epicurean champion. Artist in the soul, he feasted the public on some approaches to the flag, all with a rare relaxation and his famous cigar at the end of the lips. “This course of the Zoute reminds me of very beautiful memories. It was here that I won my first tournament on the European Tour in 1992 after a great fight with Nick Faldo, “he told us on his arrival, a touch of nostalgia in his voice.
Jose-Maria Olazabal, 48, also enjoys the Knokkois club. A few years ago, he had even sent a personalized and complimentary dedication to Leopold Lippens. “It’s one of the most beautiful courses I’ve had the opportunity to play,” he wrote. A compliment which obviously remained engraved in the heart of the president of the Royal Zoute Golf Club and the burgomaster of Knokke-Heist.Heureux to evolve in front of his supporters, the “Belgian Bomber” took the heavy artillery and sent some drives which he has the secrets to the delight of his many admirers. But his gaming partners also had arguments. Starting with Miguel Angel Jimenez, 50 years old and one of the most appreciated players on the planet-golf. Arrived the same morning, in private jet, since his dear city of Malaga, the Andalusian was equal to his reputation of epicurean champion. Artist in the soul, he feasted the public on some approaches to the flag, all with a rare relaxation and his famous cigar at the end of the lips. “This course of the Zoute reminds me of very beautiful memories. It was here that I won my first tournament on the European Tour in 1992 after a great fight with Nick Faldo, “he told us on his arrival, a touch of nostalgia in his voice.

Olazabal, a two-time winner of the Augusta Masters (1994 and 1999), was all the more happy to be there when he teamed up with his protégé Nicolas Colsaerts. As a reminder, the Basque champion was the captain of the Belgian player at the 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah. “That’s right, I have a special relationship with Nicolas. It is a player that I appreciate a lot for both his athletic qualities but also for his personality. When he asks me, I’m always happy to advise him and put my experience to his service, “he explained.

As for Sam Torrance, 61, he was equal to himself. Champion “old school” and “monument classé” of Scottish golf, he enchanted the public by his cool state of mind and his good communicative mood. And he did not fail to remind those who doubted that, like good wine, the golfer ages well! In short, this 2014 edition of the “Kings of Golf by Optima” was a great vintage. Initiator and organizer of the event, Andy Hancock (Vaav Communication) was also delighted. “The budgets needed to set up a tournament of the European Tour have become very important. I believe that this concept responds better to the specific demand of the Belgian public. It allows him to attend a real golf show in a festive and relaxed atmosphere. It’s both interesting for the specialists and for those who discover the joys of this sport … “The sponsors and partners also showed a big smile. On Saturday, despite a violent storm at the end of the day, their guests were able to play a hole with Nicolas Colsaerts and Jose-Maria Olazabal at a competition reserved for amateurs. And a gala dinner was then used as the nineteenth hole. Mixing golf with public relations and networking in an epicurean and relaxed atmosphere: the recipe has proved its worth! Various animations – Odyssey putting competitions and swing analysis with “Swinguru – also contributed, behind the scenes, to the success of this tournament called to become a “classic”. Miguel Tasso