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Boleyn improves on Day 2 of nationals

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Day two of the NJCAA Women’s Div. II Golf Championships brought with it improvements for Kelly Boleyn.

The Iowa Central golfer followed up her opening round 91 with an 88 here on Tuesday at the Plantation Bay Golf and Country Club.

Boleyn teed off in the morning, several hours earlier than her first round. She also started on the back-nine where she found success with a birdie on No. 13 followed up by three consecutive pars on holes No. 14, 15 and 16.

“I’m really happy with how I played my first two rounds,” Boleyn said. “I thought I learned a lot from the practice round and after playing each day I’ve been able to improve each time. Hopefully, I can continue that.”

She was able to stick her tee shot on the par-3 140-yard hole before sinking a birdie putt. Boleyn also had pars on the par-5, which stretches 477 yards, and two par-4 holes to close out the back with a 41 – two strokes better than her opening round score.

“The biggest change between the rounds was the weather,” Boleyn said. “Day one it was 90 degrees and I played in the afternoon. The heat made it tough and it was an extremely long round as we had to wait on almost every shot. It can start to throw you off your rhythm so that was definitely a challenge to overcome.

“The second day, I had an earlier tee time so we had a fast pace of play which definitely helped my momentum going on the first nine holes while I was playing my best. The putting is just extremely challenging on these hard greens so that’s what my focus will be on for the final two rounds. I just need to eliminate my three-putts and I’ll have my game right where I want it.”

Boleyn added a pair on the front-nine at hole No. 4, following that up with a pair of bogeys. She finished the round with another par on the eighth.

“Round two was a good round for Kelly,” Iowa Central head coach Kris Graewin said. “She started off a bit slow but got things going in the middle of her front nine. The shots that cost her (Monday) weren’t there (Tuesday).

“The golf course is a bit long for Kelly so she has put a lot of trust in her short game this week and it’s been responding to the challenge. For her to be in the Top-5 from our region as a whole is great and where she should be. We’re going to enjoy the next couple of rounds in the Florida weather.”

Third and fourth round play will take place Wednesday and Thursday. Rain is in the forecast, to which Boleyn said “I just need to stay mentally sharp.”

“I’m definitely happy with my scores even if they are higher than I would normally like them to be just because of the course difficulty,” she added.

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