Boland’s excellent adventure
NSW golfer Julia Boland was forced to sit on the sidelines and watch as first alternate for the recent US Women’s Open but when she did take her considerable talents to the US LPGA Tour school in the days that followed, she passed the test with flying colours.
Boland finished sixth at the first stage of a three step qualifying process, shooting a 10-under par total to easily be amongst the top 50 to move onto stage two.
One shot ahead of her in fifth was fellow Aussie Emma de Groot, who also moved through and like Boland has a shot at joining the elite of the women’s game on the LPGA Tour.
Boland was disappointed not to get to the first tee at the Broadmoor course. However, in a blog on the Golf NSW website, Boland explained that rubbing shoulders with Karrie Webb and the other Australians in the field was a learning experience she found to be extremely beneficial.
Boland’s coach, NSW Institute of Sport coach Glenn Whittle, was also at the US Open, with the pair putting in four days of hard work in preparation for the qualifying school. Boland will play for NSW in the Australian Amateur Interstate Series before turning professional later in the year.