Fargo, North Dakota native – Amy Olson – narrowly lost the 2020 US Open a few days ago in Houston, Texas. Amy had a two shot lead with 6 holes to go … but then, A Lim Kim birdied the final three holes to finish at -3 and win by one shot.
I guess if you have to lose … you’d rather somebody beats you with birdies, rather than you making bogeys or worse.
Do I sound like I’m favoring Amy Olson? … yes I am. Fargo is on the border of Minnesota and I have relatives from up around there. And … how Minnesota of a name is Amy Olson???? … and her maiden name was Anderson.
When I was 5 years old, we moved to a little neighborhood in Minnetonka. I immediately felt like an outsider with the only German last name. These were the last names in our little neighborhood: Nelson, Marqueson, Anderson, Robinson, Johnson, Paulson, Wilson, and another Nelson. I’m not making this up. I finally relaxed when my mother told me that her mother’s side of the family were Jacobsons.
Remember the movie “Fargo”? It was written by the Coen brothers from Minnesota. Every scene was winter and the people talked like … Minnesoootans.
Back to the US Open. Right from the start, Amy played great. She made a hole-in-one the first day … and it felt like it was meant to be. However, her Father-in-Law died on Saturday night, so her husband flew back to Fargo. She stayed and played on. Sunday was rained out and they finished on Monday.
In the interviews after the tournament, she said that she didn’t feel strong. Well, it didn’t show. She drove it long and straight … and seemed mentally and emotionally strong.
Being a Minnesota sports fan … I’m used to second place finishes. But, she’s not really a Minnesotan … so I expect her to win a few Majors … she’s got the game.
When she does win … we’ll find a way to say that the Fargo-Moorhead area is actually all in Minnesota.
GM/Head PGA Professional