Houston- Amy Olson once felt that that winning was very easy. Her second time playing the tournament, Amy captured the US junior girls. While at North Dakota State, she won a record 20 times and in her lone Curtis cup appearance went 4-1.
She is still looking for that first title in seven years on the LPGA tour. Amy said that it was easy for her to win in college and going out there, she wanted victory to come in early. She added that one has to put four really good days together and it is not easy to win there. In the U.S Women’s Open she got one out of the way Thursday.
At Champions Golf Club, she kept right on going until she had a 4 under 67 and got back to under par with one swing, the 16th at Cypress Creek which is an 8-iron for a hole-in-one on her 7th hole. In the Women’s British Open, at the Royal Troon, before following with an 81, she also had the 18 hole-lead. Two years ago, until a double bogey on the final hole, Olson was just one hole from winning the Evian Championship. Olson said that her patience has been tested.
The Women’s open was expected to be a stern test even on a perfect day of scoring. The 11 players who broke 70 on the jackrabbit courses and the Cypress Creek, Olson was one of them. The limited daylight restricted the cause for using two courses for the opening rounds, for the first time. The premier event in women’s golf was postponed to December. 36 players were at par or better, out of 156 players.
Champions member Stacy Lewis said after a 72 that the weather was absolutely perfect and 4 under was leading. Moriya Jutanugarn left her tied with A Lim Kim of Jackrabbit and former Women’s British Open champion, Hinako Shibuno of Creek. The USGA had to scrap qualifying because of the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of which Sophia Popov figured it would be a long shot to be in the US Women’s open this year and was among the group at 69.
Popov won a spot in the Women’s British Open and won at Royal Troon, when Golf resumed further. The second ace of Olson was her 8-iron in flight on par-3 16h hole and tracking it all the way into the hole on the LPGA tour. In Olson’s previous hole-in-hole, she had a huge number of family and friends from North Dakota. The cheers on Thursday were provided by a few people from a backyard, a few marshals and two other players and caddies.
Megan Kang finished with a double bogey on the 18th hole after flubbing a pitch that came back down to her feet and was the only player to reach 5 under on the day, at Jackrabbit until dropping a few shots on the back nine. She was dropped to a 70 after that.