Fairhope’s Tami Green and Nancy Gavin of Jacksons Gap are tied for the lead after the first round of the 42nd annual Women’s State Senior Championship at Heron Lakes Country Club in Mobile.
They both shot rounds of 80 to lead defending and three-time champion Martha Lang of Birmingham by two shots. Last year’s runner-up Lucie King of Tuscaloosa is tied for fourth, along with Nancy Schlich of Auburn and Laurie Strite of Foley, all on 83.
This AGA championship is open to ladies who are 50 years old and above and features 54 holes of stroke play, concluding on Friday.
Green, who won this championship in 2010 and 2011, had a solid front nine, but struggled on the back nine. She admitted to being surprised that her score had her tied for the lead.
“I thought I’d be at the bottom of the championship flight,” Green said. “But he greens were tough, and they’d be tough for everyone. I had a four-putt and a number of three-putts and that’s where I lost most of my strokes. I’m hitting the ball well, but it’s early in the year and the greens are coming out of dormancy and are hard to putt.”
She indicated she would lean on her experience of winning the championship before in the rounds ahead.
Gavin, who plays at Moore’s Mill in Auburn, was also delighted to be tied for the lead.
“Absolutely…I’m thrilled. I didn’t feel like I played super good, but I had no, what I call, bad (double bogey) holes. Just a number of bogeys.
“I’m pleased with my position and look forward to playing some more golf in some great weather.”
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Thursday’s second round tee times are from 8 – 9:10 off Nos. 1 and 10.