Abbey Burgdorf made her return to WillowBrook Golf Course on Tuesday.
The Central Magnet junior has a chance today to finish with some hardware if she can put together a strong 18 holes.
Burgdorf shot 85 on the opening day of the TSSAA Class A/AA state tournament. She is in a four-way tie for 10th. The top four individuals are awarded medals.
“I played well all-around, but on the front I had a couple bad holes. I had a couple double bogeys and a triple, which didn’t help my score.”
Burgdorf also qualified for the state tournament as a sophomore. She shot a 94 in her opening round in 2011.
The second round of the tournament begins at 8 a.m. today. Burgdorf is scheduled to tee off at 9:20 a.m., starting on the back nine.
Burgdorf is five strokes out of fourth and trails leader Sophia Schubert of CAK by 14 strokes. Schubert shot a 1-under 71 and was the lone girls golfer to shoot under par. No boys golfer shot better than par on a day where slick greens gave golfers problems with their putting.
“The greens were really fast today, especially downhill,” Burgdorf said. “That was one of my biggest problems. I kept hitting it too hard and it kept flying past the hole.”
Eagleville junior Brooklyn Snell shot 107 in her first-ever state tournament appearance. She is the second female golfer ever to qualify for state from Eagleville.
“I’m proud of her getting her, and excited to see her play here,” said Eagleville coach Jennifer Snell, who is Brooklyn’s mom. “I don’t think I was as nervous as she has been.”
Snell tees off at 10:30 a.m. on the back nine.
Macon County leads both the boys and girls team tournament. The boys shot a 310 to lead Alcoa by 11 strokes. The Macon County girls shot 159 to lead two-time defending state champion Signal Mountain by five strokes.
Burgdorf finished her round with seven pars and one birdie on No. 7.