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Attention LPGA golf fans: Her name is now Amy Olson

Pro golfer Amy Olson tees off at an LPGA event in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a new last name. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

FARGO—The LPGA career of Amy Anderson officially came to a close last week. This week, the LPGA career of Amy Olson begins, the result of her marriage to former North Dakota State football standout Grant Olson.

Olson is in the field for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., that starts Thursday. The couple was married last Tuesday in a ceremony that carried the Twitter hashtag #WhoGetsMarriedonaTuesday.

"A football coach and a pro golfer," she said.

Olson is an assistant football coach at Indiana State. He was her caddy on Monday in an U.S. Open qualifier and will be able to watch her play for three and a half weeks this summer.

"He's fully supportive of what I'm doing," Amy said. "He obviously is competitive and he enjoys that atmosphere."

The two knew each other in college simply by the very nature of their high-profile athletic standing. Olson was a four-year starting linebacker who was part of the first three Bison FCS national championships. Anderson, from Oxbow, N.D., left NDSU as the school's most accomplished golfer ever.

Social media brought them together after college.

"We reconnected on Facebook at a year and a half ago," Amy said. "We started messaging back and forth and just started a friendship."

She said changing her name on the LPGA Tour has been easy, but she won't officially change it until after the golf season because of travel reasons, such as a passport. She said her sponsors have all been supportive.

It's been a decent year so far for Olson on the LPGA Tour. She made five of her first seven cuts and has pocketed $44,550. She's 90th on the money list, which keeps on her pace of being in the top 100 that guarantees a tour card for the following year.

But she's also missed the cut in her last three tournaments with poor first rounds being the culprits. She opened with 75, 75 and 79 in those three, which contrasts to three tournaments earlier in the season when she shot four-under in each of those on opening day.

"The last three tournaments have been a little rough," she said. "I reverted back to some old habits. In this game, you make progress and then revert back so you have to keep working and improving. I saw a lot of progress yesterday on how I'm hitting the ball. The ball striking and putting were a lot better so I saw some bright spots there."

Olson is 19th on the tour in driving accuracy and 47th in greens in regulation, but 150th in putts per round. That last stat can be deceiving, she said. Longer putts tend to make for more putts.

"It's about proximity to the hole, which the LPGA doesn't track" she said. "My greens in regulation is improving but probably need to improve proximity to the hole to a degree. It's mostly from 80 to 150 yards, in that range."

Amy said her brother, Nathan Anderson, will be caddying for eight tournaments this summer. Past history has shown Amy to play some of her best golf with her brother alongside.

"So I'm excited about that," she said.

Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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