Finished with birdie on Old Kinderhook No. 9 early Monday afternoon before bad weather hit and forced suspension of play until Tuesday for about 35 players
CAMDENTON, Mo. — Coming off a strong performance in last week’s sectional qualifier, Chillicothe High School senior Hayden Montgomery opened play today in the 2018 Class 1 state golf tournament at the Old Kinderhook course along the Lake of the Ozarks.
Making his third-consecutive trip to the state tourney, the Hornet closed his round with a birdie on No. 9 for a 42-46–88, coach Jim Wheeler reported.
The tournament is slated for 36 holes over two days.
After the Chillicothean ended his round Monday, bad weather moved in and forced play to be suspended for about 30-40 players.
Due to that suspension, the first round will continue with holes 6-9 and 15-18 beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning (May 15). The second round then will begin with a shotgun start at approximately 10 a.m.
Montgomery entered state play averaging 83.4 strokes per 18 holes after firing a season-best 75 in last week’s sectional at Smithville.
His prior two state appearances have not been up to the Chillicothean’s hopes or expectations, but have not been bad, by any means.
As a junior, he opened with a disappointing 93 on the Sedalia Country Club course, but bounced back strong on day two with an 84 to finish with an overall 177 which tied him for 89th place among the 102 golfers.
As a sophomore in 2016, Montgomery got in only one round on the Rivercut Golf Course at Springfield as rain wiped out day two play. On the strength of his opening 90, the CHS player tied for 62nd place out of 91.
If Montgomery managed to shoot his season average or close to it for 36 holes – approximately 167, based on past state tourneys, he would finish around the top 50.