Jamie Elson is hoping to succeed in Finland for the second time in a month as the European Challenge Tour returns to the country of his first professional win for the Talma Finnish Challenge.
The Englishman confirmed his arrival on the professional scene in only his third Challenge Tour event with a superb 24 under par total at the Volvo Finnish Open at the beginning of July.
Now he is hoping his affection for Helsinki can once again inspire him to victory at the 6,747 yard par 72 Golf Talma course, which is situated half an hour outside the Finnish capital.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Finland and trying to do a double. I’ve got good memories of winning there,” he said.
“I don’t have to go that far back to remember it but it will always be the place where I won my first tournament as a professional so I guess the feeling of going back there will bring back good memories for me for the rest of my days.
“The other great thing about Finland is staying in Helsinki. A lot of the time when you are on the road at tournaments you can find yourself getting quite bored when you’re not playing.
“But Helsinki is a brilliant city – there’s such a great atmosphere about the place and so much to do. Most of the guys on the Challenge Tour love going there and that probably makes everyone’s golf that little bit better because they’re quite happy with their surroundings.”
Two shots behind Elson at the Volvo Finnish Open was Ari Pasanen, and the homegrown player will be looking to go one better to pick up the €25,000 first prize in front of another enthusiastic crowd at Golf Talma.
A further 11 out of the 14 Challenge Tour champions will join Elson in Finland, making this one of the strongest fields of the year for the 17th tournament of the season.