Crystal Lake Central co-op’s Molly Lyne shot a 2-over-par 74 at Hickory Point in Decatur to finish the first round in a tie for eighth place and two shots behind the leaders at Friday's Class 2A girls golf state tournament.
Mattoon’s Kira Wolf, O’Fallon’s Alyssa McMinn, St. Charles North’s Megan Furtney and Schaumburg’s Trinity Corwin are tied for the lead after shooting even-par 72.
Lyne, a sophomore at Cary-Grove, started her round on the back nine and went 3 over, bogeying her first hole of the day. She finished by going 1 under on the front, including her first birdie of the day on No. 9, her last hole of the the first round.
“The back nine, I started out with a bogey, which is kind of rough because No. 10, I usually take advantage of. My chipping was phenomenal. I was parring everything until the birdie on 9. That was a good way to finish, and a very fun way to end it.”
Lyne said she is looking to improve her putting from within 5 feet, but she’s comfortable with her position going into the second round.
“I’m very happy with what I shot,” Lyne said. “That puts me right there, and I’m very excited to see what I can do tomorrow. You basically have to shoot a great round to have a real chance.”
Class 1A state tournament: At Red Tail Run in Decatur, Elgin Academy junior Neha Karna, a Crystal Lake resident, shot a 12-over-par 84 and is tied for 32nd after Day 1. Johnsburg senior Lauren Winter, who also advanced to state last season, shot a 19-over 91 and is tied for 57th.
Megan Breslin of Pinckneyville and Ali Schrock of Pontiac are tied for first at 3-over 75.