(Houston) Amy Olson slashed her cumulative score under par with just one swing, a hole-in-one with an 8-iron on the seventh hole, Thursday, before continuing on that momentum for a card. 67, four strokes under par, and a one stroke lead at the US Women’s Golf Open.
Olson, who racked up the triumphs at North Dakota State University but is still chasing a first win in seven years on the LPGA Tour, is one of a group of 11 scorers. below 70 on Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit courses.
For the first time ever, the organizers decided to use two pitches for the initial rounds due to earlier dusk in December.
Moriya Jutanugarn managed to dodge the bogueys on the Jackrabbit course for a round of 68. She shares second place with Hinako Shibuno (Cypress Creek) and A Lim Kim (Jackrabbit).
Of the 156 registered players, only 36 posted scores equal to or below par.
The two Canadian women participating in the competition are not from this group. Brooke M. Henderson brought down a 72 card, leaving her tied at 37e rank. Her compatriot NAFTA Sharp had to settle for a score of 75, and she occupies the 89e rank, tied with 17 other golfers.
On a perfect day, the scores recorded on Thursday perfectly demonstrated that the Champions Golf Club was going to offer a difficult test.
“We had absolutely perfect time today, and the leader is under-4,” said Stacy Lewis, a member of the Champions club after her round of 72.