FARGO-Life has never been better on the LPGA Tour for Amy Olson. She's been in two major tournaments, has already notched a career-high in earnings by a long shot and has already secured full status for next season.
So, on that note, when she returns to Fargo for a July speaking engagement and youth clinic, there will be plenty to talk about.
"Honestly it just takes a lot of the pressure off the rest of the season," Olson said.
In her fifth full-time season on the tour, she's on her way to having, by far, her most successful season on the money list. She's 51st after a solid outing at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and is at $203,614 with a good chunk of the season still remaining.
That includes six events scheduled in China, Korea and Taiwan that Olson will play extensively for the first time. At one point this season, the former All-American at North Dakota State from Oxbow, N.D., made 12 straight cuts.
Everybody can see that.
It's the other side that Olson said she also wants to talk about in the "Amy Anderson Olson Luncheon" on July 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Fargo. She's also the featured guest at three different youth clinics at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. at Osgood Golf Course for boys and girls ages 5 through entering eighth grade.
To register, go to www.ndsuathleticfund.com/events.
"People may see my successes through TV or the newspaper, but there are also the struggles people don't see and I've been through every single one of them," Olson said.
That includes controlling her nerves and emotions on the course. It's been a topic between she and her husband, former NDSU linebacker Grant Olson.
"Grant wanted to get amped up and fired up," she said. "I want to be as calm and relaxed as can be. For me, I have to get that heart rate down, control my breathing and slow everything down. The tendency is to get too quick."
She addresses that in two ways, she said: One is to rely on her faith. The other is to put the focus on something or somebody other than her.
"If I can find a way to make somebody's day, whether it's the little junior golfer out there who I can give a ball to or give them a high-five, being able to get the eyes and focus off yourself is really important in some of those big moments," she said.
Olson missed two straight cuts before rebounding last weekend at the KPMG at Kemper Lakes Golf Club near Chicago. At one point in the final round, she made three straight birdies on the front nine to climb into a tie for seventh, before finishing in a tie for 18th.
She finished in a tie for ninth at the ANA Inspiration, the first LPGA major, after being in the final grouping. You can trace her success in the majors dating back to NDSU when she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open and was tied for the lead after the first day.
"I've always loved the majors," Olson said. "They set the courses up generally long and tough and that fits my game. I've always loved the test of golf where par is a great score."
She'll enter the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic near Green Bay, Wis., this week, and then take a couple of weeks off that will include returning to Fargo for a wedding. The Thornberry Creek event will be her last tournament in the United States for a while.
She's scheduled to play the Scottish Open and the British Open starting at the end of the month.
"Overall I've just seen a lot of improvement and consistency," Olson said. "That's fun whether it's a major or a regular week. I'm seeing a lot more birdies on the scoreboard."