Wylie's Olson proving she's a force to be reckoned with
ABILENE, TX - Seven years ago, a young Dallas teenager named Jordan Spieth turned heads as he rose to the top of the golf world.
It may not be as big here, but one Abilene young lady is beginning to grab some attention, and she's just a freshman.
"I mean I didn't think I'd shoot this good off the bat," said Wylie High School first-year Maddi Olson. "You know, my first tournament I shot 69, 69, 69 -- I never even broken par before."
But at the age of 14, she's hanging with the upperclassmen.
"To come back with three under on the back nine, even birdying the last three holes, just shows a lot about her maturity," explained head coach Mike Campbell.
"A lot of people think I'm a senior," laughed Olson as she worked the practice green.
She certainly is playing like one, leading the district 5-4A tournament after posting an incredible 5-under 66 last week, and backing it up with an even 70 on Wednesday. That run earned her a 25-shot lead heading into Monday's district final round.
But unlike many great young players, the serious golf bug didn't hit until later.
"It's just not been very long that I've really thought that I could do it," Olson explained. "It's just been something people have always told me, but I hadn't really seen it for myself. So now that I have seen it, I know it's a possibility and now I'm really starting to put in the work."
Extra time that is surely paying off. Something head coach Mike Campbell isn't used to seeing after coming from Andrews High School last year.
"We didn't have anyone that played at that level, especially her age, so it's just very impressive," he said.
But a big start needs a big finish. And besides district, Olson has loftier goals -- state.
"I've always had that goal in my mind, ever since like 8 th grade -- to win," Olson said. "I mean that would be super cool. Especially if I could win all four years but, obviously I've got to start somewhere."
And as for her future plans, Olson says she's already thinking of her options.
"If I want to pursue something more academic, I might, but I might go on to the LPGA -- if that's what's calling for me."
And at this rate, she may be answering that sooner than you'd think.