Debuts with 97 on Columbia course. Enters scheduled final round tied for 35th
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Freshman Hallie Jones of Chillicothe High School began competition in the 2017 Class 1 girls’ golf state championship 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 score placed her in a tie for 35th place in the 91-players individual standings, putting her just below the top third of the elite field.
If she can maintain that approximate position in Tuesday’s second and final round, she’ll post CHS’ best finish at state since Liz Sivill had the third of her medal-winning finishes in 2011, when she placed sixth. Chillicothe’s best since then has been Hannah Leamer’s 49th-place showing in 2014 with a 191.
As with Monday’s round, Jones was play the course’s back nine holes first Tuesday, beginning at 9:33 a.m. However, thunderstorms were moving into the Columbia area in mid-Missouri just after midnight Tuesday morning and were expected to last through much of the day, making it questionable whether the second round would be able to be played.
The C-T-area’s other state participant, Hamilton senior Samantha Cornelius, was well-positioned to medal at state 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. However, she was 15 shots back of the first-round leader, Sarah Bell of Cape Girardeau: Notre Dame.