Boland wins Four Winds Invitational

Symetra Tour rookie Julia Boland sat three shots off the lead heading into the final round on Sunday and shot a 3-under 69 to earn her first-career victory at the Four Wind Invitational.

Boland fired rounds of 71-72-69 at Blackthorn Golf Club and received the Tour’s largest winner’s check of $22,500 for her one-stroke win over Birdie Kim and Jenny Suh.

Julia Boland Julia Boland (Credit: Symetra Tour)

The Aussie’s bogey-free round ended with a one-foot putt that she said was much more difficult than it probably looked to the crowd at the 18th green.

“It was terribly long, trust me,” said Boland. “It was absolutely terrifying to be honest. I’ve never had such a difficult, I guess it was like a foot, I don’t even know at this point to be honest.”

“But I said to my caddy when I marked it, ‘Do you see my hand shaking?’ I thought it was going to be hard to put it back down. It wasn’t as easy as what I hope I made it look like.”

Boland carded three birdies on the day at Nos. 8, 11 and 13 and sat one shot off the lead at the turn. She said her birdies and even her pars were no walk in the park.

“I was fortunate to hold a putt at 11 and 13 I knocked it close but had a bit of a slider,” said Boland. “Obviously I wouldn’t change anything at this point. I certainly didn’t breeze in.”

Boland said it may not have been the prettiest performance and that some breaks in her day helped her finish at the stop of the leader board.

“You have to have luck to win,” said Boland. “Actually, maybe not luck but you have to have the putts roll. I was fortunate it was my day. The par putts I had weren’t particularly friendly either.”

Boland becomes the first winner this season to earn a victory coming off a missed cut the week prior. It was her first missed cut out of 10 starts last week in Albany, N.Y. at the Credit Union Challenge and said that the win this week was life-changing in terms of her career.

Performing so well when the road got tough solidified her belief that she belongs out with the world’s best.

“I think for my career, certainly it’s life changing but we still have some of the season left to go,” said Boland. “I don’t even know where I’m sitting anymore. But certainly feel very blessed to be here.”

The 26-year old rookie becomes the seventh first-time winner in the 2012 season and the second rookie to notch a victory this year.