One round down for area golfers at states

(From left) Yale's Libby Huston, Marysville's Madeline Blum and St. Clair's Kara Likins pose for a photo at the Division 3 state tournament.

(From left) Yale’s Libby Huston, Marysville’s Madeline Blum and St. Clair’s Kara Likins pose for a photo at the Division 3 state tournament.

One round down, one to go on golf’s biggest stage in the state of Michigan.

Five area golfers representing the Blue Water Area wrapped up their first state tournament rounds across the state on Friday.

For Port Huron Northern, junior Megan Randolph carded an 85 at the Division 2 state tournament at The Meadows at Grand Valley State to be tied for 13th.

Megan Randolph

Megan Randolph

The Division 3 tournament at Bedford Valley in Battle Creek has the most Blue Water running through it as Yale, St. Clair and Marysville each have one golfer on the state stage.

Marysville and St. Clair’s representatives are all square after the first round as St. Clair’s Kara Likins and Marysville’s Madeline Blum each shot a 93. Both are tied for 24th overall.

“It wasn’t my goal for today, but I found a lot of positives,” Blum said. “My mental game was pretty good today, I was struggling on one hole … but I just told myself it was one hole and it was over, and I made a bogey on the next hole.”

Yale’s Libby Huston carded a 95 after round one, saying the course was difficult – suitable for the state tournament. When play starts again at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Huston wants to buckle down around the green.

“I definitely want to focus more on putting and chipping,” Huston said.

However, she proved she has what it takes to get the putter going as she drained a 40-foot putt toward the end of her round.

Algonac resident Kaity Rittner is faring quite well for Lutheran North in the Division 4 tournament at Forest Akers West at Michigan State University.

As an individual, Rittner is tied for sixth overall with an 82. Lutheran North is also on fire early, going into Saturday’s final round in first place with a team score of 335. The next closest team is Livonia Ladywood, who has a team total of 351.