Hayes coach headed to PGA Championship


By Ben Stroup

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Last Thursday, guiding his Delaware Hayes boys golf team through its season-opening invitational was priority No. 1 for first-year coach Jeff Olson.

This Thursday, though, after earning a spot in the PGA Championship thanks to a top-20 finish at the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship in Philadelphia, his Pacers will have to handle things themselves.

Olson will be a little busy navigating Whistling Straits with the likes of Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Last week, Olson, who lives in Delaware, said playing in the the fourth and final men’s major golf championship of the season was, at the time, at the bottom of his list of priorities.

“Right now, playing in the PGA Championship is probably No. 4 on the list,” he said while carting his players from the first to 10th tee during Friday’s Delaware Invitational at Oakhaven. “I’m the head pro at the Golf Club of Dublin, I also teach lessons and I coach here at Hayes. I’ll get in a little cram session before I head to Wisconsin, and it’ll be first on the list by the time it gets started.”

Olson earned his spot in the showcase after finishing tied for 16th among the 300-plus club pros invited to participate in the aforementioned PGA Professional National Championship. He closed with a four-day total of 285 (+3) at the Philadelphia Cricket Club course.

He’ll start his quest for the PGA Championship from tee No. 10 Thursday at 8:45 a.m.

Follow Ben Stroup on Twitter @delgazette_ben.


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