CHATTANOOGA – The opening round of the 87th annual Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship is in the books, and the round of the day belonged to a 14-year-old from Carthage.
Sophie Linder fired a 4-under, 68 with a card that featured four back-nine birdies, as she took a two-stroke lead over recent Middle Tennessee State graduate Hanley Long (Clarksville) at Black Creek Club.
Linder, who will be a freshman in high school this fall, made the turn at one-under and proceeded to birdie holes 10 and 11. She went birdie-bogey-birdie on holes 15-17 to finish her day.
Trevecca Nazarene University golfer Lexie Shaw (Knoxville) and the University of Tennessee’s Malia Stovall (Winchester) are tied for third at one-under. Auburn University golfer Kayley Marschke (College Grove) is alone in fifth at even par.
Four golfers are tied for sixth at one-over, including: recent Lincoln Memorial University golfer Lise Malherbe (Mt. Juliet), MTSU’s Savannha Quick (Manchester), UNC-Charlotte’s Siarra Stout (Franklin) and Vanderbilt signee Jayna Choi (Collierville).
In the Flighted Division, Evelyn Blackmon (Nashville) turned in the lowest round at 3-over, 75. Jean Kraft (Fairfield Glade), the 2018 Tennessee Senior Women’s Amateur champion, was second at 79, followed by Erica Chappell (Nashville) at 80.
Three players are tied for fourth at 10-over, 82, including: Ann Blackburn (College Grove), Meg Buchanan (Chattanooga) and Denise Pridemore (Madison).
The Flighted Division will be broken down into flights following Wednesday’s second round.