Boland’s ex­cel­lent ad­ven­ture

Inside Golf - - News -

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.

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