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Utah's only female head golf pro hopes to inspire more young girls in game

By Rod Zundel, KSL TV | Posted - Apr. 15, 2018 at 8:29 a.m.

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SOUTH JORDAN — If you play a round at Glenmoor Golf Course, there's a good chance you will see something you can't see at any other course in the state.

And she is happy to see you, too.

Darci Dehlin-Olsen is the head professional at Glenmoor, and she's the only female head pro in Utah.

Her career didn't start at Glenmoor, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. But after spending time as the head pro in Roosevelt, she's happy to be back "home."

"This is where I grew up. Kenny Clark was my instructor, we all shagged balls here, and my mom still lives down the road," she told KSL Golf. "To be back here and to be the head professional, my late dad would be dying."

Dehlin-Olsen is more than capable at what she does, too—which requires a heavy dose of teaching every day. She won the junior golf development leader of the year award from the PGA Utah section—a section that is led by her brother Devin, the executive director and a former golfer at the University of Utah.

Glenmoore head pro Darci Dehlin-Olsen with her brother Devin, the executive director of the Utah PGA Section. (Courtesy photo: Darci Dehlin-Olsen via KSL Golf)

"It's totally a golf family," she said. "And then I married a golf course superintendent.

"I met him at Willow Creek Country Club. Now our 8-year-old daughter won player of the year in her age group. It's a part of our life, and we love it. I wouldn't have it any other way."

Dehlin-Olsen is proud to come home to Glenmoor every day for work. But what she really loves about her job is teaching and mentoring young girls in the game of golf.

She hopes to inspired them a year after the state held the first-ever women's amateur in Provo.

"I love being the example of an option and a future for girls in golf," she said. "It's not just the LPGA or teaching pros, even."

In the end, Dehlin-Olsen's job involves a game—and that's OK with her. It's the game's impact on a community that drives her each day.

"We are here because this is recreation," Dehlin-Olsen said. "It's fun. We want to provide the best experience and provide a good product for people—build the game.

"To grow the game, build the game and have a good product requires variety and something to bring the people out."


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