Making her fourth start in the U.S. Women’s Open, and 147th career LPGA start, Amy Olson started strong. Strengthened by a hole-in-one on the 16th hole, she held the lead after Thursday’s first round.
After the conclusion of Saturday’s third round, she found herself just one stroke off the lead, very much in contention for her first pro victory. Her husband, Grant, who is the linebackers coach at North Dakota State (their alma mater), had flown into Houston for the weekend to watch his wife compete at Champions Golf Club.
By Sunday morning, however, Grant had left. He flew home after learning of the unexpected death of his father, Lee.
Heartbroken, Amy continued on at the U.S. Open. Sunday’s action was delayed by rain, so the final round took place Monday. Though she didn’t win, Amy finished strong. At 2-under-par, Olson tied for second, just one stroke behind winner A Lim Kim. It marks Olson’s second runner-up finish at a major tournament.
In speaking with the media afterward, Olson acknowledged feeling very weak the past few days, but said the Lord carried her through.
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SOURCE: Sports Spectrum, Jon Ackerman