The Mountain Home Lady Bombers are looking to make the most of a second chance.
The Lady Bombers shot 299 as a team and are in third place — behind Jonesboro and Greenwood — after one day of the Class 6A State girls’ golf tournament at Big Creek Golf & Country Club.
Greenwood won the 6A-East/Central Conference Championship in a sudden-death playoff over Jonesboro after the teams finished tied for first at 267.
Both the East/Central and the South conference champions are decided on the first day of the tournament.
“The thing I’m most proud of,” Mountain Home golf coach Dell Leonard said, “is that even though we weren’t playing our best, they held their composure and concentrated on the next shot and didn’t worry about what had happened before that and kept grinding. Low and behold, at the end of the day, we were in third.”
Leah Rowe paced the Lady Bombers with a 91, while Kenzie Collins carded a 99, Vinessa Daniel added a 109, Alivia O’Brien notched a 114 and Kori Schaufler shot a 135.
Benton won the 6A-South championship with a sixth-place 313 and is the only team from the South to advance to the second day of the state tourney, which takes the top six teams to Tuesday’s second round.
Greenwood — searching for its third straight state championship — and Jonesboro were even, and a sudden-death playoff between Lady Bulldogs Sydnie Gamble and Lexie Adams and Jonesboro’s Mary Claire Meredith and Taylor Rainey decided the conference championship.
Meredith and Rainey each shot bogeys on the first playoff hole, but Gamble and Adams each made par putts to secure the victory.
“It’s a goal we had at the beginning of the year,” Greenwood coach Ronnie Williams said. “Now, the second goal is to win state. We have to act like (Monday) didn’t exist. All that matters is what you do (Tuesday). I think we can pick up some shots, but Jonesboro will too. They’re a great program. They’re going to come out to play.”
The Lady Bulldogs had a comfortable, 15-stroke lead going into the second day of last year’s tournament, despite playing with just three players in the play-five, score-three format. Greenwood has just four golfers this season.
“I just don’t have as many girls who come out for golf,” Williams said. “(Gamble) is just a sophomore, but (Adams and Molly Lynch) are seniors, so I’ll lose them after this year. They had to play by themselves last year.
“If any of our girls don’t hit the greens, they make great chips and make the putts,” he added. “That’s what golf’s about. They were able to do that on the first playoff hole, thank goodness, so I’m very proud of them.”
Meredith was the East/Central’s conference medalist, shooting an even-par 72, while Sheridan’s Jordan Olson was the medalist from the 6A-South with a ninth-place 97.
“Greenwood and Jonesboro had a great day and are 30 strokes ahead of us,” Leonard said. “You never know, though, the scripts may flip tomorrow. They may have a rough day, and we may have a great day.
“Our kids, right now, feel like they have a second chance tomorrow,” he added. “Not very many times can you say you have a second chance. We’ve played a lot better than that most of the year. The kids felt a lot of pressure on their home course. There were a lot of nerves, but they’re excited about (Tuesday).”
Gamble led the Lady Bulldogs with a 79, and Adams added an 88. The top nine individual golfers not on a qualifying team will compete Tuesday as individuals in the final round.
Williams feels the Lady Bulldogs can improve upon Monday’s performance.
“Gamble’s shot a 76 out here before,” he said. “Lexie shot an 84 out here before. The yardage was a little longer than normal. I think we were playing about 5,600 yards, and that’s a little longer than some of the girls are used to.”
Play resumes at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Class 6A State girls golf tournament
At Big Creek Golf and Country Club
* — won 6A-East/Central Conference championship in playoff
# — won 6A-South Conference championship
Mary Claire Meredith, Jonesboro…72
Sydnie Gamble, Greenwood…79
Regan Stringer, Russellville…85
Olivia Faught, Alma…86
Lexie Adams, Greenwood…88
Brinkley Beever, Siloam Springs…89
Leah Rowe, Mountain Home…91
Taylor Rainey, Jonesboro…93
Jordan Olson, Sheridan…97
Kenzie Collins, Mountain Home…99
Molly Lynch, Greenwood…100
Kristyn Coffman, Benton…100
Ashton Schlem, Searcy…100
Rebecca Northcutt, Marion…101
Laura Dacus, Jonesboro…102
McKenzie Shirley, Marion…104
Abbey Lee, Benton…105
Amanda Glass, Siloam Springs…105
Molly Ginn, Marion…106
Abigail Van, El Dorado…107
Sam Baxley, Benton…108
Alexis Simmons, El Dorado…108
Ena Antone, Searcy…108
Vinessa Daniel, Mountain Home…109
Savana Simpson, Benton…110
Abby Pennington, Benton…110
Ellen Grace Adams, Searcy…110
Gabrien Parker, El Dorado…112
Katie Jackson, Jonesboro…113
Alivia O’Brien, Mountain Home…114
Laney Murff, Jonesboro…115
Bailey Turner, Siloam Springs…115
McKenzie Blanchard, Siloam Springs…119
Kalynn Hopkins, Searcy…121
Bailey Green, Russellville…121
Grace Williams, Searcy…122
Halle Hevener, Siloam Springs…124
Sydney Masengale, Marion…124
Marleigh Glasgow, Greenwood…128
Jaci Palmer, Lake Hamilton…128
Carly Sivils, El Dorado…128
Kori Schaufler, Mountain Home…135
Reagan Martin, Sheridan…138
Christen Dykes, Marion…140
Kinsley Hall, Alma…140
Jordyn Thacker, Lake Hamilton…141
Megan Tyler, Sheridan…143
Cara Looney, El Dorado…146
Shianne Reichard, Sheridan…148
Stormie Kilpatrick, Lake Hamilton…150
Anna Holiman, Sheridan…155
Callie Ludlow, Lake Hamilton…157