HOUSTON — Former North Dakota State golfer Amy Olson carded a hole-in-one Thursday, Dec. 10, during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston.
Olson's tee shot on No. 16, a 139-yard par 3 after the ball landed on the front part of the green and trickled into the hole. That shot moved her to 1-under-par for the round and helped her rise to near the top of the leaderboard. She was 3-under through 11 holes and one stroke off the lead.
The hole-in-one was the 28th in the history of the U.S. Women's Open, according to the United States Golf Association. Later in the day, Yu Jin Sung also sank a hole-in-one, the 29th in the event's history. There has been at least one hole-in-one during the U.S. Women's Open since 2014.
There were three hole-in-ones carded during the 1998 U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wis.
The tournament has a $5.5 million purse. The U.S. Women's Open is one of the five major tournaments on the LPGA Tour. Olson is currently No. 32 on the LPGA money with $276,546.
Olson, from Oxbow, N.D., just south of Fargo, has yet to win on tour. The 28-year-old turned pro in 2014 and has more than $1.6 million career earnings. She has 11 top-10 finishes during her pro career.
She qualified for her first U.S. Women's Open in 2011 when she was a sophomore at NDSU.
The Fargo-Moorhead's other touring professional, Tom Hoge, a Fargo South graduate, made his first hole-in-one on the PGA Tour, during the 2017 Barracuda Championship.
Editor's note: Olson, then Amy Anderson, was the first female to reach the championship flight at the Pine to Palm advancing to the semifinals in 2009.