Herron leads small field

The Columbus women’s city golf tournament ended with only three official scores at the conclusion of the opening round Saturday at Harrison Lake Country Club.

The final round will conclude today at Otter Creek Golf Course, scheduled to tee off at 11:48 a.m.

It was the friendly atmosphere that made the event exciting for the women, regardless of how their rounds went on the course.

“It was a lot of fun and I have to thank everyone at Harrison Lake for hosting this,” Jenny Ryan said. “I like playing in this and I encourage more girls to come out and play because it is so much fun.”

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Ryan finished her round with a 108. She says that she played a lot better than last year, despite having a couple of bad holes Saturday.

“I felt a lot more under control and much more confident,” Ryan said. “I just lost concentration a bit at the end, so I am hoping tomorrow will be better as I am more familiar with Otter and I can keep things together.”

Autumn Fateley, who will be a junior at Columbus East and plays on the Olympians golf team in the fall, is in only her second year of participating but enjoys playing at this event.

“I like playing in the city tournament because my dad can caddy for me,” Fateley said. “I like meeting new people that I haven’t known yet. It is a lot of fun and a great learning experience for me.”

Fateley, who shot an opening-round 96, will look to bounce back today at a course that she is familiar.

Not only does Fateley play a lot of practice rounds at Otter Creek to help her prepare for the upcoming girls golf season, she is also working at the course for the summer as well.

“I thought I played good,” Fateley said. “I don’t have a ton of experience playing at Harrison Lake. I did not play as well on my back nine as I did the front. But I am definitely excited to play (today). I will be in more familiar territory so hopefully I can improve my round a lot more.”

Tobi Herron, though, is the clear leader after shooting a 3-under par 69. Her round consisted of four birdies and only one bogey on the No. 17.

Herron was pleased with the round.

“I hit the ball solid all day,” she said. “I hit a lot of greens with good looks at birdie. I left a couple right in the middle, but I can’t complain finishing my round in the red, so it was a great day.”