BOISE, Idaho – Shadow Valley Golf Course got the best of most of the field in the second round of the Idaho Women’s Amateur. Tricky hole locations and stronger winds led to a higher scoring average on Friday. Haley Nist of Meridian, ID shot the low round of the day, a 2-over 74, to take the lead heading into the final round.
Consistency was the key to Nist’s second round. 16 pars and 2 bogeys provided little excitement to the round, but it was enough to get the job done on moving day. Nist says she’d like to make more birdies in the final round, but is content with playing consistent and shying away from big mistakes.
Nist is no stranger to understanding what it takes to win the Women’s Amateur; she won the event in 2014. Nist will be a senior playing for the University of Colorado, Boulder in the fall after transferring from Oregon State.
Tied with Nist for low round of the day was Allison Olberding of Des Moines, Iowa. Olberding plays for the College of William & Mary in Virginia and is currently a USGA PJ Boatwright intern with the Idaho Golf Association. Idaho Junior Tour players and parents may recognize her from her assistance with the program.
Olberding and Kris Fenwick of Boise are 9 shots behind the leader.
Round 1 leader Kelli Ann Strand stumbled in her second round, shooting 80, but lands in the final pairing with Nist and Olberding 3 shots back of the lead.
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