SPOKANE — Madison Darnold shot an 81 for Wa-Hi, placing 19th on the individual leaderboard to survive first-round cuts at the state 4A girls championship tournament here at Hangman Valley Golf Course on Tuesday.
The tournament started with 116 girls, including 16 teams.
Only half the teams, along with the top 30 remaining individuals, qualified to play the second round — which started this morning at 7:30 a.m.
Darnold was slated for an 8:15 a.m. tee time, but several of the other girls still had yet to begin as of press time.
Last year, Darnold finished her season after only one round of state in Pasco at Sun Willows as she was two strokes over the cut.
Eager for more in a return to state this year, Darnold battled a challenging course here.
“Madison got off to a slow start, bogeying three of her first four holes,” Wa-Hi coach Bill Howard said. “She played solidly through the middle of the round, making seven pars in a row on the 5th-11th holes.
“The only real trouble she ran into on the back nine was a bogey, then double bogey on the par 4s 14th and 15th holes,” Howard said. “She had short irons from the middle of the fairways into both greens, so to play them in 3-over par was a little demoralizing.
“She played ok, but just couldn’t get any birdies to fall.
“I know she’s looking forward to getting back out there (Wednesday) morning and trying to drop a few shots,” Howard said. “It’s a tough course, the tees were set back a bit.
“The rough was long, and there’s trouble on just about every hole,” Howard said. “It’s probably the toughest course we’ve played this year.
“Hopefully, Madison can be a little sharper (Wednesday) and drop a few shots.”
Redmond High School finished the first round with a combined 335 that lead teams, five strokes ahead of Mead.
Camas was third with a 342, four up on Lewis and Clark.
Pasco, the lone Mid-Columbia Conference team, placed seventh to qualify for Wednesday action.
Maylie Martinez paced Pasco with an 86 that placed her 34th on the individual leaderboard.
The first round ended with Redmond’s Adethi Anand, Bellarmine Prep’s Julia Bordeaux and Mount Rainier’s Kennedy Knox all having shot 70s to lead individuals.
Claire Xu, of Decatur, followed three shots back.