SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Local golfer Sue Nyhus qualified for next week’s United States Golf Association Women’s Senior Open.
That’s a big deal because she has now qualified for every single USGA event available to her, something that no one has ever done before.
“I didn’t even think it was a thing,” said Nyhus. “I didn’t even pay attention to it until I was about 40, and I realized at that point in time, I had played in every thing except the women’s senior amateur, so I started looking forward to the women’s senior amateur and as it got closer and closer I got more hungry.”
She qualified for that event, and at the time it meant she had qualified for all the events she was eligible for. But then things changed.
“Around that time they announced the new USGA 4-ball, and shortly after that they announced the senior USGA women’s open,” she stated. “Then I was like oh, I gotta keep going.”
Nyhus has qualified for all the USGA national events, and the list is long. The Junior girls’, the Women’s Amateur, the Mid-Am, the Women’s Open, the Publinks, the state team, the 4-ball, and now the Women’s Senior Open. She’ll head to Pine Needles, North Carolina next week to compete in that one.
“My game is not tournament tough at the moment,” she said. Nyhus has been busy as the Utah Valley University women’s golf coach. “I’m working quickly to make it tournament tough. But my mind is tournament tough, and if I can really focus in on the few things that really need to be tight, and play my game, I think I’m going to do quite well.”
No matter how she does in the Women’s Senior Open, she has a record that no one will ever be able to break.
“The reason that no one can catch me is because that was verified right when they stopped the Public Links. So the Public Links is no longer a tournament for the USGA, so no one can ever catch me”, Nyhus said with pride. “It’s really cool! It’s kind of hard to fathom, because I never started out thinking that was going to be a thing. I just signed up for whatever I could play in because I love to compete and I want to get better and I want to improve myself every time I get on the golf course, and lo and behold, it turned into this.”