Kim Swan Competing In Johnny Walker Classic

November 21, 2021

The Johnny Walker Golf Championship concludes on today [Nov 21] at Ocean View, and former PGA European Tour player Kim Swan is making taking another historic stroll down memory lane, competing in the event.

The Johnny Walker Classic existed back in the 1980s and 1990s, and Mr Swan won it back in 1992. He recalls his tournament record setting  total in October of 1992 at Ocean View Golf Course, with caddy Lionel ‘Tit’ Cann.

It was then a comeback victory for Kim Swan, who had semi-retired from competitive golf in 1985 when he took over as General Manager & Golf Professional at St. George’s Golf Club, and settled in to life as a Club Professional following his years on the PGA European Tour.

Speaking this weekend, Kim Swan told Bernews, “All credit to Brian Morris who has successfully resurrected events that help make Ocean View a breeding ground for great golfers.”

“For me this is a continuation on my journey to realize my optimum potential – considering my current age of course – but given my fitness level is increasing daily I am enjoying the ride immensely.”

“While Ocean View holds a special place in my heart, I am doing my best to be competitive against these young players who hit the ball so much farther than me now at my age.”

“I was the Frank Weinstein Junior Champion at Ocean View in the 1970’s before winning my first Bermuda Open at age 21 in 1978. This event represents 6 decades of competitive golf for me – I’m trying not to pull a muscle,” Mr Swan joked.

“Funny enough when I set the record in 1992 we were using wooden drivers and balata golf balls. With equipment changes these young players hit the ball so far. I’ll try to keep up as best I can.”

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