Abbey Catron shot a 95 and Kelsey Frost shot 96 Monday during the first round of the Class 2 Golf Championships in New Bloomfield, as Catron finished the day tied for 56th place and Frost in a tie for 60th.
“Today was pretty tough with the conditions,” Carthage head coach Lowell Catron said. “It’s a really good course, but it’s a pretty tough course. They both had good spurts during the day but the holes that were higher than bogey just really killed them. Abbey was 13-over for four holes, and other than that she played fairly decent golf. Kelsey had seven holes of double-bogey or higher.
“If they can clean that up they could maybe leapfrog quite a few people,” he said. “Our goals are to get both of them in the top 40 and I feel if they would shoot their averages for the year they could do that.”
Catron, who started on the first hole, shot 47 on the front 9 and 48 on the back. Frost started on the tenth hole and shot 51 on her first nine holes, and 45 on the front side.
“With it being Kelsey’s first time at state, I thought she would probably be pretty nervous but she really wasn’t,” Catron said. “On the front nine she hit the ball really good. She just had a couple scores that were pretty high, just like Abbey, and it’s hard to shoot good when you have holes like that.”
Emily Jan Goldenstein, of Parkway West, and Glendale’s Sun Young Jung were tied for first Monday at 76 as just eight golfers in a field of 90 broke 80. Joplin’s Samantha Stout was tied for 11th at 81.
Catron was tied with Madyson Haley Acers of Blue Springs, Isabel Claire Marten of Kirkwood, and Margaret Helen Nelson of Notre Dame de Sion. Frost was tied with Lucy Laughlin of Nerinx Hall, Margaret Martel of St. Joseph’s Academy, Emma Carolyn Solovic of Seckman, and Mikayla Tessmer of Platte County.
Joplin’s Lynsey Fichtner shot 103 to tie for 83rd.
Frost was slated to tee off at 8:48 a.m. today, and Catron at 8:57 a.m., with both starting on the first hole.
“The pressure is in getting here,” Catron said. “Then you just try your hardest and have fun. I just didn’t see that in them today so we talked about that and just playing and having fun while enjoying the fact that you made it to state.”