Xavier leads after Day 1; Kate Hauptman and Jennifer Seo lead the pack
October 26, 2020 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365
Xavier freshman Kate Hauptman and Hamilton sophomore Jennifer Seo shot a 2-over par 75 to take the early lead at the Division I state championship taking place at the OMNI Tucson National Catalina Course. Hauptman had difficulty on the front nine while Seo lost four strokes after the turn.
A double bogey by Seo on the 14th hole came after bogies on the 12th and 13th hole but Hauptman recovered from similar play early only to bogey on the 16th to keep the round tied heading into day two scheduled for Tuesday. In the past, the players would switch courses for the second round but the girls will stay on the Catalina Course.
Liberty standout Mattie Frick and Red Mountain standout Sydney Bryan are tied for third, one shot back. Frick had four bogies including a bogie on the 16th and a double bogie on the 17th hole while Bryan had a bogie on the 18th.
In team play, the Gators shot a 22-over 313 to take a six stroke lead over Pinnacle heading into the final round. Pinnacle beat Xavier 562 to 578 last year to end an eight year run at the top by the Gators.
There will be a new medalist this year with all previous winners graduated and competing at the college level.