Emily Dunlap from Mauldin has the lead going into the second round of qualifying at the CGA South Carolina Junior Match Play tournament at Cherokee National in Gaffney
Dunlap shot an opening round 2-over par 74 to hold a one shot lead going into the second round of stroke play qualifying.
“These greens can be tough to putt on,” said Dunlap. “I hit a lot of greens and putted really well, so it was a good day,” she said.
While being the medalist would be a great way to start match play, Dunlap wants to give herself a chance to earn as high a seed as possible in the second round.
“If I can hit some good putts and keep it around par, I think I will be good,” said the Mauldin High School golfer.
Baylee Evans of Lancaster and Phoebe Carles of Clinton are tied for second place . Each golfer shot a 3-over par 75.
Katie Whitfield of Clemson and Kennedy Carroll if Mt Pleasant each shot rounds of 5-over par 77.
The girls field will play the final round of stroke play on Wednesday morning for seeding and then will begin the first round of match play on Wednesday afternoon.
Defending champion Alyssa Campbell of Lake Wylie automatically gets the top seed.
Tyler Gray from Lugoff has the lead after the first round of stroke play on the boys side of the tournament.
Gray shot a 4-under par 68 by shooting a 32 on his second nine holes (front nine at Cherokee National).
“I struggled with the putter early,” said Gray. “I eventually got it hot and going. I shot four-under on the back [nine], hitting a bunch of greens, but it was all the putter,” he said.
Four golfers are tied one shot behind the leader. Last year’s runner-up Manning Sloop of Rock Hill is joined by Garrett Cooper of Cowpens, Keegan Vaugh of Myrtle Beach and Walker Jones of Sumter.
Gaffney golfers Cody Transou and Zack Gordon playing on their home course each shot 1-under par rounds of 71 and share the sixth spot with three other golfers.
The boys will play the final round of qualifying in the morning. The top 31 golfers will be seeded for match play with the defending champion Brady Hinkle from Lancaster getting the number one seed.