By Jeff Babineau
Amy Olson, who is six months pregnant, shot 74-75 and missed the cut at the Meijer LPGA. But that’s not to say her week wasn’t memorable.
Monday at Blythefield Country Club, Olson made the seventh ace of her career, holing a 6-iron from 160 yards at the 15th hole. Two days later, in the tournament’s pro-am, she made the first albatross (double-eagle 2) of her life at the par-5 14th hole. Well, sort of. We’ll let Olson tell the story:
“It was scramble, so it wasn’t my drive. We were about 208 yards out and I hit a 5-wood, and it disappeared over a little ridge, so we just didn’t know.,” she said “We got up there and didn’t see anything on the green … looked in the hole, and sure enough, there it was. That was the first one (for me). I don’t ‘totally’ count it, because it was a scramble, but yeah … “
“I obviously needed those things to happen in the tournament, right?”
Hey, Olson got a cool photo with her group and a very cool Instagram photo and post out of the deal. Olson now will look forward to next month’s U.S. Women’s Open, being played for the first time at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Olson was medalist in her qualifier in Minnesota a few weeks back, shooting 6-under 138 over 36 holes at Somerset Country Club in Mendota Heights. She tied for 60th a year ago at the Women’s Open. Competing in her seventh month of pregnancy will be challenging, but Pebble is just too historic to pass on.
“It’s harder to turn (in her swing),” she said, smiling. “I’m going to do everything I can to get the game in shape. There’s just a lot more weight to carry with you. But I’m looking forward to it.”
It will be the final event she plays before the arrival of her child.