The notion that familiarity with a course helps with scores is a popular one in golf — but it’s one that Jennifer Elsholz doesn’t always agree with.
The Grand Rapids native and University of Toledo golfer leads the Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Championship after the first day of the two-day tournament at the Spring Lake Country Club. Elsholz shot a 69 on Monday, despite having never played the course before.
“I think it depends,” Elsholz said. “For me, sometimes it’s easier because I can get ahead of myself and focus on the next hole, instead of the hole that I’m on. It was nice to be able to just focus on the hole that you were on (today). It can definitely be a challenge, especially because there were a few blind spots up there. I just had to run up the hill and check, (but) there wasn’t anything too surprising on the course. It was pretty easy, pretty simple.”
Elsholz, a Forest Hills Eastern High School graduate, made it look easy on Monday, carding five birdies, and nailing several long putts.
She’ll have her hands full today with a former college standout in Sarah Hoffman.
The 2013 Grand Valley State graduate trails Elsholz by a mere stroke, after shooting a 70 on Monday.
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