Ruckel Middle School Golf Coach Qualifies For U.S. Senior Open Championship

In Brief:

  • Jon Olson, a teacher and coach at Ruckel Middle School, qualified for the 2024 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
  • Olson secured his spot after a playoff at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • The entire Okaloosa County School District celebrates Olson’s achievement, highlighting his dedication and inspirational journey.

The Okaloosa County School District announced Mr. Jon Olson, a dedicated teacher and coach at Ruckel Middle School, has successfully qualified for the 2024 U.S. Senior Open Championship.


Olson qualified on Thursday, May 30, at the Wynlakes Golf & Country Club in Montgomery, Alabama.

Coach Olson Competed against eighty players for a chance to earn a spot in the prestigious tournament.

Olson and Robbie Cotton of Brewton, Alabama, each scored an impressive four under 68. After a playoff, Olson secured the final qualifying spot.

Olson said, “Entering the U.S. Senior Open Championship is a cherished milestone that reflects years of dedication, perseverance, and passion for the game of golf. 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. I’m grateful for the support of my family, whose unwavering encouragement has fueled my pursuit of excellence. I look forward to proudly representing them, the Rocky Bayou Country Club members, and my community on this prestigious stage in Newport, Rhode Island.”

Superintendent Marcus Chambers commended Olson’s remarkable accomplishment, highlighting the significance of his achievement for the school district. “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. Congratulations, and best of luck as he competes in this esteemed championship!”

Ruckel Middle School Principal Joe Jannazo also admired Olson’s dual roles as an educator and athlete. “We are incredibly fortunate to have Mr. Olson as part of our Ruckel family,” Jannazo stated. “His exceptional skills on the course are only surpassed by his outstanding leadership in the classroom, as a coach, and with staff. We are proud to call him a Ruckel Ram and celebrate his achievements!”

The 2024 U.S. Senior Open Championship Qualifying is conducted by the Alabama Golf Association. For more information, please visit the Alabama Golf Association website.

Olson’s journey to the U.S. Senior Open Championship not only exemplifies his dedication to the sport but also inspires his students and the entire community. His participation in this prestigious event is a proud moment for all who know him and a testament to his hard work and perseverance.

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