Oct. 1—CARMEL — Defending state girls golf champion Macy Beeson is very much in position to repeat.
The Lapel junior charged up the Prairie View Golf Club leaderboard on the back nine, carved up the par-5s and headed to the clubhouse with a first round of 70 (-2) and a two-stroke lead at the close of her day.
After playing the first nine at an even-par 36 and going 1-over par with a bogey on the par-4 11th hole, Beeson birdied three of the final seven holes — including both par-5s — to grab the lead on the final hole.
Overall, Beeson scored a birdie on three of the four par-5s, was 1-over on the par-3s, and even on the par-4 holes.
She bogeyed two holes — the par-3 sixth and par-4 11th — but rebounded quickly in both cases. She rode her hot putter to birdie the seventh and had consecutive birdies on 13 and 14.
Early, it was Ava Ray of Franklin Community who had the best front nine. With three birdies and no bogeys, she fired a 33 on the front nine. But Ray — playing one group in front of Beeson — struggled coming in, including a double-bogey on 18, to finish at 2-over par.
The championship resumes with the second round to be held Saturday morning.
This story will be updated.
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