Date: August 05, 2009

Boland set for Texas move

AIS/Golf Australia National Squad member Julia Boland has announced she has accepted a one year scholarship from Texas A&M College in the United States. Boland, the current Srixon Australian Stroke Play, Victorian Women’s Stroke Play and Lake Macquarie Amateur champion, will take up her position on the women’s golf team at Texas A&M shortly after competing in US Women’s Amateur. The Australian Number 2 amateur, who won the Trans Amateur in Tennessee last month, was also a quarter finalist at the North and South Amateur and finished seventh at the Canadian Amateur. Speaking from St Louis, Missouri, Boland said she was looking forward to testing her game overseas. I am really excited about competing in the USA on a more full time basis, Boland said. I think it will be a great opportunity to test my game against some of the world s best golfers- the girls in college golf consistently compete at the top level and I am looking forward to challenge. I chose A&M because of its terrific academic and sporting reputation and I look forward to joining the team, she concluded. Texas A&M Women’s Golf Head Coach Trelle McCombs said he was pleased to welcome Boland. “Julia will bring a tremendous amount of experience to our team, McCombs said. We are very excited to have such an accomplished player joining our team. Golf Australia/AIS High Performance Program Manager Peter Knight said Boland s game would see the benefits. As we saw from the field competing at the World Amateur Teams Championship in Adelaide last year, the US college system provides the strongest possible competition for women in the world. Julia s game is of a standard to both be tested and thrive in that environment. Boland completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science) at the University of Sydney last year. She has qualified for the Match Play stage of the US Women’s Amateur at Old Warson Country Club, Missouri after the second round of Stroke Play overnight.