Schlenk tied for 79th after day 3 of NJCAA National Golf Tournament

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Kelsey Schlenk finished tied for 79th after day 3 of the NJCAA National Golf Tournament.

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After the third day of the NJCAA National Golf Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., Lake Region State sophomore Kelsey Schlenk finds herself tied for 79th place. Overall, she shot a 97 on Wednesday with a 47 on the front nine and a 48 on the back nine.

It was another challenging day where the elements came into play. Play was suspended the previous afternoon when the rain started to come down. Through the rest of the night it ended up raining 3.5 inches which made for a slow and soggy course.

Schlenk said that she wasn’t “getting the rolls on the course that I had from the previous two days.” She continued that “It was challenging to read the greens and made those second shots even longer by not getting any extra yardage after it landed.”

“With the 90 degree heat and 90 percent humidity, combined with the soggy course, led to a tough outing for Kelsey,” assistant coach and athletic director Danny Mertens said. “I thought she handled herself very well considering the challenges she faced.”

“We figured out pretty early on that the goal of breaking 90 was going to be tough to achieve with the course in the shape it was in,” Mertens added. “So we just tried to eliminate as many OB’s and keep the putts to a minimum.”

The highlight of Schlenk’s round came on a par 3 that she had a par on. On a par 4, she almost chipped in for par that left her a couple feet from the hole, which she finished off for a bogey.

Schlenk also had a bogey on a long 589-yard par 5 that was impressive considering the slow conditions of the course.

Thursday is the final day of the NJCAA Golf Championship. Schlenk will tee off at 8:45 a.m. (CT).