11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
Olson transferred to Central in 1985 after one year at the University of Iowa, and made an immediate impact during a lengthy title run for the Dutch women’s golf program.
Olson was the league MVP for the next three seasons, helping the Dutch win titles during a streak of six consecutive conference crowns, and eight in nine years. Olson was also the tournament medalist three straight years at the State Small College Tournament. In the years prior to the first NCAA Division III women’s golf championship, a small National Small College Tournament was conducted simultaneous with the state tourney, and she was national medalist twice, receiving all-America distinction.
A three-time winner of the team’s Maurine Timmer MVP Award, Olson was a team co-captain in 1987. She set a school season scoring average record of 80 in 1987 and her 18-hole score of 71 still matches the school’s all-time low.
Since graduating in1988, Olson has worked at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, now serving as Director of Project Management in the Retirement division. Olson and her husband, Bill ‘87 have two sons, Riley (17) and Isaac (19). Olson has walked multiple marathons and half-marathons to raise money for Breast Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease and served on the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors from 2005-2009.