Faith Lutheran girls golf coach Mark Cheney had good and bad news for his players in a meeting after the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday.
“We survived playing about our worst round of the year,” Cheney told his team.
And because of it, the Crusaders lead five teams in position to make a run at a state title. The final round of the tournament tees off at 10 a.m. today at Boulder Creek.
Faith Lutheran carded a total of 342, followed by Green Valley (343), Bishop Manogue (345), Coronado (351), Bishop Gorman (352) and Elko (373).
Faith Lutheran freshman Annie Freman and Green Valley junior Jenny Hahn battled through gusting winds to tie for the individual lead at even-par 72.
“Even par in that kind of wind in the state tournament is just clutch,” Cheney said of Freman. “That was huge for our total because it kept us in the hunt. She played as well as she’s played all year, and that’s what we needed.”
Freman finished strong, making a 45-foot putt to birdie the par-3 17th hole — her second birdie of the day.
“I’m pretty happy,” Freman said. “I didn’t keep the ball low like I expected to, but I definitely made up for it with my putts, so that was good.”
Hahn had three birdies but was disappointed after she double-bogeyed No. 17.
“I left a lot of birdie putts out there,” said Hahn, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury suffered within the past month. “I know I could have played much better than I did.”
Green Valley’s Alexandra Kaui, the Sunrise Region champion, is third at 76.
“We’ve got to play a lot better tomorrow if we have a shot,” Green Valley coach Greg Murphy said. “We’ve got to play our game.”
Douglas’ Bethany Wurster is fourth at 77, followed by Coronado’s Melanie Chambers (79), Gorman’s Nichole Corpus (79) and Nicolette Rivera (81), Manogue’s Alex Phillips (81) and Mackenzie Sowers (83), and Coronado’s Simone Hodnett (84).