FRANKLIN — After a brief rain delay, the 81st annual Women’s State Amateur got underway Monday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course, with a trio of local ladies firing very similar scores during the first 18 holes of stroke play qualifying.
Lisa Daubner, Lydia Triplett and Lisa Mullins fired respective rounds of 81, 82 and 83. Triplett is the only one of the three competing in the Championship Division, while Daubner and Mullins are competing in the Flighted Division.
The final 18 holes of qualifying teed off this morning with match play to start Wednesday.
A recent graduate of Polk County High School, Triplett fired even par on the front nine, but struggled after the turn, posting a 46 on the back nine for her 10-over total.
The Tennessee Tech signee was a flight winner in last year’s event and currently stands tied for 28th place.
The top 32 scores will advance to the Championship match-play bracket, while the others will be flighted.
Triplett is joined by Lee University teammates and NAIA All-Americans Courtney Shelton and Madison Alexander in the championship hunt.
Shelton, who is from Franklin, fired a 4-over 76 to finish tied for seventh place, seven strokes off the pace set by Vanderbilt University player Courtney Chandler, who shot a 3-under 69.
Alexander, a Johnson City native, is just a stroke up on Triplett with an 81, to tie her for 25th place.
In the Flighted Division qualifying, Daubner is tied for second place, five strokes behind leader Anna Cunningham. Mullins was in fifth place going into today’s play.