First-day scores stand as final after rainout

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Freshman Hallie Jones of Chillicothe High School tied for 35th place in the 2017 Class 1 girls’ golf state championship when Tuesday’s scheduled second and final round was rained out. In terms of place finish, the ninth grader’s state debut produced CHS’ best showing since Liz Sivill had the third of her medal-winning finishes in 2011, when she placed sixth. 
Chillicothe’s best in the intervening years had been Hannah Leamer’s 49th-place showing in 2014 with a 191.
Based on prorated scoring, Leamer’s 2014 score in her second appearance at state remains CHS’ best since Sivill’s 173 in her senior season.
Despite her youth, Jones performed in solid fashion Monday.
Playing the back nine holes of the par-71 Columbia Country Club course as she teed off just before 9:30 a.m., CHS’ lone participant and its leading player throughout her “rookie” season shot a first-round 51-46–97.
That had her 35th among the 91 players, just below the top third of the elite field.
As with Monday’s round, Jones was slated to play the course’s back nine holes first Tuesday, but persistent overnight and morning rain precluded play. An official decision to cancel the second 18 holes and make Monday’s results final was made at about 10 a.m. 
The C-T-area’s other Class 1 state participant, Hamilton senior Samantha Cornelius, medaled for a second year in a row.
She shot an 84 Monday, putting her in a tie for seventh place and only one shot away from the top five. She was 15 shots back of the first-round leader, Sarah Bell of Cape Girardeau: Notre Dame.