ADEL - South Hamilton junior Brittany Butler sits in a five-way tie for 28th place after the opening round of the Class 2A girls' state golf tournament yesterday at River Valley Golf Course.
Butler, a first-time state qualifier, carded a 100 - she shot matching 50s on the outward and inward nines - in breezy conditions on the 5,452-yard layout. Her scorecard included two pars and 10 bogeys.
But it was two holes - Nos. 4 and 18, both par-4s - that pushed Butler back in the standings. She went in the water on No. 4 and had to take a quadruple-bogey 8, and on the always difficult 18th that features a steep incline to the green, Butler walked off with a 10.
"Her score definitely doesn't indicate what she could have shot, but that's the game of golf," South Hamilton head coach Kathi Fisher said. "I told her that (today) is a new day, and the bad thing is you left a lot of strokes out there, but the good thing is you can get those back. So I definitely think she's ready to redeem herself because if you pull two or three holes out she'd be right there."
Ellie Ament of Dyersville Beckman rolled to the 18-hole lead heading into today's second and final round. The senior fired a 3-over par 75 and owns a nine-shot advantage on teammate Brooke Klostermann and Brianna Weber of Dike-New Hartford; they both shot 84.
Ament was the state runner-up a year ago and in 2010 when she finished one shot behind then South Hamilton senior Katie Gustafson at the top of the leaderboard. Ament was also fourth as a freshman in 2009.
Ament and Klostermann have Beckman atop the team standings as well with a 349. Cascade sits in second with a 371.
Defending 1A medalist Victoria Grasso of Ankeny Christian leads the 1A field after shooting a 79. She owns a three-stroke cushion on Sheridan Berte (82) of Algona Bishop Garrigan.
Garrigan, the reigning small-school team champion and the winner of five state titles in the past seven years, shot a 343 to build a 32-shot edge on second-place Grundy Center (375).
Classes 3A and 4A
At Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, Clear Lake shot a 358 to lead the 3A field by a single shot over Charles City and South Tama. Grinnell (366) is still in contention for team gold as well.
Defending 4A champion Cedar Falls posted a 334 and takes an 11-stroke lead on second-place Waukee (345) into today's final round.
Individually, MacKenzie Black of Independence shot a 74 to pace the 3A field. Allison Rollinger of Cedar Falls, Sarah Splittgerber of West Des Moines Dowling and Rachele Miller of Pleasant Valley all shot 81 for top honors in the 4A race.