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Ruckel Middle School teacher qualifies for U.S. Senior Open Championship

Jon Olson, a teacher at Ruckel Middle School and golf coach, has qualified for the 44th U.S. Senior Open Championship after a stellar performance at the qualifying event held on Thursday, May 30, at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama.
Pictured: Jon Olson

Jon Olson, a teacher at Ruckel Middle School and golf coach, has qualified for the 44th U.S. Senior Open Championship after a stellar performance at the qualifying event held on Thursday, May 30, at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • Olson, a resident of Niceville, Florida, carded an impressive four-under 68 in the qualifying round, tying with Robbie Cotton of Brewton, Alabama. After a playoff, Olson secured the final qualifying spot for the prestigious championship.

“Entering the U.S. Senior Open Championship is a cherished milestone that reflects years of dedication, perseverance, and passion for the game of golf,” Olson said. “As a player, teacher at Ruckel Middle School, and coach, this opportunity not only honors my personal journey but also serves as an inspiration to the students and golf enthusiasts.”

Olson expressed gratitude for the support of his family, whose encouragement has fueled his pursuit of excellence. He looks forward to proudly representing them, the Rocky Bayou Country Club members, and his community at the championship in Newport, Rhode Island.

Superintendent Marcus Chambers congratulated Olson on his achievement, stating, “Mr. Olson’s participation in the U.S. Senior Open Championship is a testament to his skill and dedication to the sport. It’s a moment of pride for Ruckel Middle School and the entire Okaloosa County School District.”

Joe Jannazo, Ruckel Middle School Principal, praised Olson’s exceptional skills on the course and his outstanding leadership in the classroom, as a coach, and with staff.

  • “We are incredibly fortunate to have Mr. Olson as part of our Ruckel family,” Jannazo said. “We are truly proud to call him a Ruckel Ram and celebrate his achievements!”

The 2024 U.S. Senior Open Championship Qualifying was conducted by the Alabama Golf Association. Eighty players competed in the event, vying for the opportunity to advance to the championship.

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