The first day of the Lima Area Women‚??s Match Play Tournament on Wednesday at Tamarac looked a lot like the last day of the 2012 tournament.
Kate Hoops and Sheridan Balyeat, who went 19 holes before Balyeat won the championship last year, led the first round of medal play this year.
Hoops, a University of Toledo golfer, shot a two-over-par 74 and Balyeat, who plays for Ohio State, had a 76.
Shelby Warner and Abbey Martin shot 77 and Raven Venegas had an 80.
Hoops ‚?? who narrowly missed qualifying for the LPGA Marathon Classic ‚?? had five birdies but also put five bogeys and a double bogey on her scorecard. Four of the birdies were on the back nine.
‚??I made a few too many bogeys out there. It could have been a low round,‚?Ě Hoops said. ‚??It was back and forth all day. Overall, I was happy with how I‚??m hitting it. I just can‚??t let myself make bogeys out here.‚?Ě
Balyeat also thought she could have taken her score lower.
‚??I had a lot of opportunities, I just didn‚??t make the putts. I‚??m happy with how it ended up. I felt like I was scrambling all day but it turned out O.K.,‚?Ě she said.
Warner and Martin both came back on the back nine after slower starts than they were looking for.
Warner opened with a 42 on the front nine before making birdies at No. 12 and No. 15 and bogeying No. 18 for a 35 on the back nine.
Martin had a triple bogey on No. 2 and a bogey on No. 4 before playing the last 14 holes in one over par.
Eight golfers declared for the championship flight. Sandy Doan, a five-time champion and an 11-time finalist, and Lesli Stolly shot 82. Carol Mitchell had a 91.
Charlotte Schaub‚??s 79 was Thursday‚??s low score outside the championship flight.
In July, Hoops and LPGA players Kimberly Kim and Jean Bartholomew were involved in a playoff for the final place after 18 holes in the qualifier in the Marathon Classic.
Kim went out after the first playoff hole, sending Hoops and Bartholomew, a golfer with 18 years of pro experience and almost $1 million in career earnings, to a second playoff hole.
‚??She put it 35 to 40 feet away on the green and just drains it. I‚??d rather lose to a birdie, I guess,‚?Ě Hoops said.
‚??That was a really cool experience. It was a big confidence booster. There were 15 girls in the field ‚?? 13 professionals and two of us were amateurs,‚?Ě she said. ‚??Knowing that I could play with them and coming so close to a playoff where I was within one putt of making it to the actual tournament, that was a really neat experience.‚?Ě
Women's City Golf Tournament