GERMANTOWN — Despite being 350 miles from home, a pair of local golfing legends sit atop the Women’s Senior Amateur leaderboard this morning as the second round of the 54-hole event teed off.
Eight-time state senior champion Maggie Scott was the only one of the 59 players to break 80 Monday at Ridgeway Country Club in Germantown with a 6-over-par 78, while Linda Mullins was one of three players tied for second place with an 81.
Cleveland’s third entrant, Lisa Daubner, struggled some on the opening 18, coming in tied for 34th with an uncharacteristic 98.
The Cleveland Country Club trio returned to the links just outside Memphis for the second of three rounds this morning, after which the event will be flighted to Wednesday’s final 18 holes.
After winning the event eight times in 10-year period, Scott is trying to regain the top spot for the first time since 2010. She finished third in last year’s Senior Am at Oak Ridge Country Club, while Mullins came in fifth.
The retired Bradley County school teacher opened her pursuit of the Connie Day Trophy with three straight pars, before back-to-back bogeys. Scott then strung together three more pars, before another bogey gave her a 3-over 39 on the front nine.
After the turn she repeated a pattern of par-par-bogey three times to get her tournament-leading total of 78. Scott was once again paired with Lynda Wimberly, who was tied with Mullins for second with an 81, plus Laurie Pyatt, who was tied for 26th after shooting a 94 Monday, for today’s second round. The threesome started on tee No. 1 Monday, but went off No. 10 to start today’s round.
Mullins opened her tournament with a birdie Monday, but then gave the stroke back with a bogey on the second hole. After a par on No. 3, she posted five straight bogeys before another par gave her a 42 on the front nine.
Improving her score by three strokes after the turn, Mullins carded four pars, four bogeys and a birdie on the par-4 16th hole for her 81 on the first 18.
Mullins is playing with two-time tournament champion (2009 and 2011) and last year’s runner-up, Georgia McCravey, who is tied for eighth after an 86 Monday, as well as Debbie Richmond, who fired an opening round 89 to be knotted in 15th place.
Daubner, who normally is right with Scott and Mullins, had a rough start with just four pars, to go with a half dozen bogeys and eight double-bogeys Monday.