Local golfing legend Maggie Scott was the low medalist of the opening round as she chases her 33rd city crown, while two-time TSSAA all-state performer Lydia Triplett leads the pack as she is going for her fourth straight junior girls division title.
The ladies opened the two-day event with a round at the Chatata Valley Golf Club Wednesday before gathering at the Cleveland Country Club for the final 18 holes this morning.
Scott was as hot as the temperature, firing an opening round 2-over-par 74 to take a two-stroke lead over Triplett in the overall scoring, while leading the women’s division by four shots.
Shooting 6-over 78s, five-time city champion Linda Mullins and former Wimbledon tennis standout Kay McDaniel are four strokes back of Scott in the Ladies Championship Flight heading into today’s action.
Posting a 4-over 76, Triplett also holds a four-shot advantage in the Junior Championship Division. The former Polk County High School standout and Tennessee Tech signee is being chased by Ocoee Middle School’s district and region low-medalist Kelsey Cassada, who carded an 80.
Rheagan Hall, who played for Cleveland Middle last season, and Cleveland High standout Heidi Barringer are right on their heels with an 81 and 83, respectively, on Wednesday.
Olivia Williams, who along with Cassada led OMS to the district and region championships in the spring, and Danielle Bates, who played at Chilhowee Middle last season, are battling for the Junior First Flight lead after opening rounds of 89 and 91 respectively. Whitney Kincaid is currently in third place in the division.
In the women’s First Flight, Rita Hannah fired an 81 for a two-stroke edge over former Walker Valley standout Cortnee Young (83), while Debbie Patterson is right in the mix with an 84.
Robin Russell tops the Second Flight race after shooting an 85 Wednesday, while Delores Haynie had an 89 and Donna Anderson a 92.
Judy Ozawa, Honey Climer and Lorine Lorino are all within two strokes of each other in the battle for the Third Flight crown.