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Women's golfer competes at nationals

By   Jared Marshall
05 /20/2016

The career of one of the most successful Lake Region State College student athletes came to an end on Thursday afternoon at the NJCAA National Golf Tournament in Daytona Beach, FL. Kelsey Schlenk walked off the golf course hot and tired after finishing her 4th straight day in what proved to be challenging weather. She had faced rain, 90+ degree heat, humidity, and at times a few hazards that the golf course had thrown her way. While she may have been a little frustrated with her final score there is no denying her success. She had just finished her second consecutive golf national tournament and was a two time national tournament qualifier in basketball as well. Schlenk had done something that no athlete has ever done before her and may not ever do again, she had qualified for 4 national tournaments in two years at Lake Region State College.

The last day proved difficult for Schlenk due to the extreme weather and she shot a 4 day high of 100. However, due to these poor weather conditions and not all the golfers finishing out their rounds, the final day of the NJCAA Golf Championship was not scored. "I was very excited when I heard the news that the final day wasn't scored," Schlenk said, "Fatigue and heat had set in, the course was playing very difficult so I didn't play my best today."

"It's a very long course," Athletic Director Danny Mertens said, "So when you add in all the weather difficulties and every stray shot being out of bounds you have little room for error." He continued, "She had a great week, she represented Lake Region State very well, I couldn't be more proud of her."

While Schlenk had a few offers to continue her athletic career at 4 year schools, she has opted to come back to Lake Region for one more year as a student and continue to be a part of the Royals Family. She will be finishing up her nursing degree and said she is looking forward to one more year at LRSC.

The tournament featured 108 total golfers and Schlenk finished tied for 79th overall in the tournament. She shot a 97 on Monday, a 94 on Tuesday and a 97 on Wednesday.