Richmond Times-Dispatch

Olson comes up aces in Round 1

Hole-in- one helps her stake early one-shot lead

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HOUSTON— Winning once felt easy to

Amy Olson. She captured the U.S. Junior Girls her second time playing the tournament, won a record 20 times while at North Dakota State and went 4-1 in her lone Curtis Cup appearance.

In seven years on the LPGA Tour, however, she’s still looking for that first title.

“Coming out here, I expected to win really early. It always kind of came easy to me in college,” Olson said. “It’s not easy to win out here. You have to put four really good days together.”

She got one out of the way Thursday in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Olson got back to under par with one swing, an 8-iron for a hole-in-one on her seventh hole, the 16th at Cypress Creek, and kept right on going until she had a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead at Champions Golf Club.

She also had the 18hole lead at Royal Troon in the Women’s British Open before following that with an 81. Olson was one hole away from winning the Evian Championsh­ip two years ago until a double bogey on the final hole.

“It has been, I think,

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a test of my patience,” Olson said.

And even on a perfect day for scoring, it was clear this Women’s Open would be a stern test.

Olson was among only 11 players who broke 70 on the Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit courses. For the first time, two courses are being used for the opening rounds because of the limited daylight by postponing the premier event in women’s golf to December.

Out of 156 players, only 36 were at par or better.

“We had absolutely perfect weather today and 4 under is leading,” Champions member Stacy Lewis said after a

72. “I don’t think scores are going anywhere.”

Moriya Jutanugarn managed to keep bogeys off her card on the Jackrabbit course for a

68, leaving her tied with former Women’s British Open champion Hinako Shibuno (Cypress Creek) and A Lim Kim (Jackrabbit).

None of the top five in the world ranking broke par. Jin Young Ko opened with a 73, while Sei Young Kim had a 72 in what could be a battle for No. 1 this week. Nelly Korda, playing for the first time in two months because of back pain, had only one birdie in her round of

73. Danielle Kang didn’t make any birdies and shot 72.

 ?? THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Amy Olsonwatch­es her shot off the third tee at the U. S. Women’s Open in Houston. Shewas one of only 11 players who broke 70 on the Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit courses Thursday at Champions Golf Club.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Amy Olsonwatch­es her shot off the third tee at the U. S. Women’s Open in Houston. Shewas one of only 11 players who broke 70 on the Cypress Creek and Jackrabbit courses Thursday at Champions Golf Club.

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