Amy Olson, coming off a frigid offseason in North Dakota, wasn’t pushing herself to make it to the opening Florida swing. But after making the cut last week at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio and finishing T63, Olson has her eyes set on the fourth LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony, where she said she’s wearing “two hats” as a player and player director on the LPGA’s Board.
In a week created with a focus on player opportunities and development, Olson said it’s been exciting to take it all in.
“I've learned so much being a player director about what goes on behind the scenes and where we are headed as a tour,” said Olson, who was elected to the LPGA’s Board of Directors in 2019 for the next season. “Every time I get out of one of those meetings, I'm more excited about where we are as a tour than before I went into the meeting, so that's always a good feeling.”
After a two-day summit with a Hall of Fame panel that included Karrie Web, Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel, Olson said she’s excited to see the organization take advantage of a week rooted in creativity and exploration for the Tour and its Members.
“This week is especially exciting with all the -- honestly, there is lot of creative things we're trying, and I think people are going to get a really different look at us as players,” said Olson. “I think that's going to help us grow as players and then also the organization.”
And if the off the course activities weren’t enough, Olsen has a starring role in “LPGA All Access: CME Group Tour Championship, a behind-the-scenes documentary that debuted Monday on LPGA platforms. Olsen, along with players like two-time LPGA Tour winner Gaby Lopez, bring the audience inside a week on Tour. She said she received some feedback from players like Austin Ernst, who commented on her potato-peeling skills – because it’s Olson’s favorite food, of course – and from family on her participation.
“That was something creative to try; something new to potentially help grow awareness, grow the brand of the LPGA, so I always want to be part of that. I want to leave the tour better than I found it,” said Olson. “Even if it's one of those things that could be inconvenient from a time perspective, if it's something that isn't going to impact golf, I'm really willing to try those new things. It was really cool to just be asked and to be a part of that.”