CHEYENNE – Trey Massey had everything going his way at the Cheyenne Country Club golf course on Friday afternoon.
The Lander native put together a 6- under-par performance and shot a 66, which was more than enough for him to take the lead after the first round at the Wyoming State Amateur Tournament.
“I got off to a good start when I birdied the first two holes,” Massey said. “It just felt good to start off that way and then I just kept going.”
The Greensboro College golfer hit 17 greens in regulation which led him to putt for birdie on almost all 18 holes, while he also eagled the par-5 Holes No. 5 and 16.
“I just need to stay in this mindset and play my game,” Massey said. “I can’t let the atmosphere get to me.”
Kirby Coe-Kirkham, a University of Wyoming sophomore-to-be, shot a 69, which was enough for him to end the day in second place.
“I struck the ball really well today, but my putting was off,” Coe-Kirkham said. “The putting will come along, I just need to stay focused.”
Coe-Kirkham made up for his two bogeys and double-bogey by chipping and driving the ball well. He opened the round with a birdie on the first hole and ended with a birdie on the 18th hole, while adding five more birdies in between.
“As long as I can hit the fairways, I should be able to stay in it,” Coe-Kirkham said. “If I drive the ball for the rest of the
tournament like I did (Friday), I think I’ll have a shot.”
Defending champion Jordan Costello ended the first round with a 73 and is tied with John Hornbeck for fourth.
Defending women’s champion Ali Mulhall, shot a 3-under 69 on Friday morning.
“I was putting really well today, and my chipping was also going well for me,” said Mulhall, who will be an eighth-grader this fall. “I was able to get the ball on the green and hit putts from all distances.”
After bogeying the second and third holes, Mulhall birdied the next three and ended the front nine 1-under. She also managed to avoid anything worse than a par on the back nine. Right behind Mulhall are University of Wyoming golfers Caitlyn Skavdahl, and Erin Sargent, who are tied for second at 74.
Skavdahl, who will be a junior, is searching for a first-place finish after finishing second last year behind Mulhall.
“My chipping and putting were going well for me today and that’s usually my strength,” Skavadahl said.
After starting strong and shooting a birdie on the first hole, Skavdahl wasn’t able to find anything better than a par until the 18th hole.
“I think I need to get more putts to drop (today) and give myself more birdie opportunities,” Skavdahl said. “I think I can hit the fairways better and get closer to the pin so I can give myself those chances.”
Sargent ended the round with four birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey on the sixteenth hole. The senior-to-be will also look be atop of the leaderboard following second round play today.
“I had a couple dumb bogeys, and one bad hole where I had a double,” Sargent said. “I had one tough hole where I couldn’t find the fairway, and it showed.
“I was hitting the ball well, and I putted OK. I just couldn’t get many lag (putts) to drop. I just have to keep playing my game and being aggressive. I should see putts start to drop.”
The tourney continues at 8 a.m. today at the Cheyenne Country Club.