Amy Olson walks the first green during the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club on June 16, 2023 in Grand Rapids, Mich. David Berding/Getty Images

Amy Olson, a seasoned LPGA Tour veteran, continues to showcase her exceptional golf skills as she enters the final trimester of her pregnancy. The 30-year-old professional golfer will be teeing off at the iconic Pebble Beach, with its breathtaking views of the Northern California coastline, for the highly anticipated 78th U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

Despite being seven months pregnant, Amy displayed her remarkable talent during a one-day 36-hole qualifying round for the championship, where she shot an impressive six-under. Speaking to ABC News, she expressed her excitement, stating that her baby already seems to possess a natural inclination for golf.

Considering the magnitude of this championship, Amy shared that she might have stopped playing a couple of weeks ago if it weren’t for the prestigious event. Throughout her life, she has harbored two dreams: to compete on the LPGA tour at the highest level and to become a mother. This week feels like a convergence of these two aspirations.

In addition to the excitement surrounding Pebble Beach hosting the most sought-after and oldest major championship in women’s golf, it is a significant milestone for Amy as she becomes the first expectant mother to participate in this event on this renowned course. She expressed her joy for the opportunity to enjoy this unique time with her first baby, creating lasting memories they can share in the years to come.

Announcing her pregnancy in January via Instagram, Amy and her husband, former football linebacker Grant Olson, eagerly anticipated the arrival of their first child. Seeking advice from fellow competitors, she sought to understand the potential challenges of playing at her level while pregnant. Reflecting on this journey, Amy expressed her gratitude for the support and experiences shared by friends who played professional golf while expecting.

Her qualifying round on May 22 at Somerset Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, began with an even-par 72. However, it was the second round where the magic happened, as she secured a medal and secured her place in the prestigious field of the 78th U.S. Women’s Open, outshining her competitors by a two-stroke margin. Currently in her 10th season on the LPGA Tour, Amy now has her sights set on the highly desired $10 million purse.

“Obviously, my belly’s getting bigger and it’s starting to impact certain things, but I still feel like I can play and I can compete,” she explained. “It’s just it is more challenging and the swing changes day to day. I will say that.”

“To be able to be part of this as we take the stage at one of the best venues, the best golf courses in the world is really special,” Olson told the LPGA. “I look back and I see how far we’ve come even in my career, and I think about 70 years ago when our founders started this Tour. Did they even dream this was possible? Maybe, but I think they would be so proud of where we are today.”

Amy Olson’s remarkable journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring golfers and expectant mothers alike. She demonstrates that with determination and a passion for the sport, one can overcome any obstacles that arise during a professional career while embracing the joy of motherhood.

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