CHEYENNE – Fourteen-year-old Ali Mulhall still holds the lead following Saturday’s action at the Wyoming State Amateur Championship.
Mulhall shot a 1-over-par 73 on her second day of the tournament at the Cheyenne Country Club.
“My game was pretty steady (Saturday), I just wasn’t making my putts,” Mulhall said. “It was an off day on the green, my putts just kept lipping out. I made a lot more putts (Friday).”
Mulhall shot for par on each hole in the front nine except for one bogey on the 14th hole. She started off the back nine with back-to-back bogeys on Hole Nos. 3 and 4, but then managed to redeem herself and end the round on a positive note by shooting for birdie on the fifth and seventh holes, which were her only two birdies on the day. She sits at a score of 142 after the first two rounds.
Twenty-one-year-old Erin Sargent is in second place and trails Mulhall by eight strokes after shooting 4-over Saturday afternoon.
“It was definitely a rough day,” Sargent said. “I was having trouble off of the tee, and I couldn’t seem to place the ball around the greens.”
Sargent shot an even-par first nine after carding a bogey on the 12th hole and then sinking a birdie on No. 18. She bogeyed the third and fifth holes before ending her round with a double-bogey on No. 9 leaving her with a score of 150.
“I’m going to have to make a lot of putts (today),” Sargent said. “I’m just going to have to play my best game, be aggressive and see how it goes.”
Kaylee Knadler is in third place for the women with a score of 152 after shooting a second-round score of 5-over.
Jared Edeen shot a 3-under-par 69 Saturday morning to take the lead on the men’s side of the tournament.
Edeen’s bogey free round was three strokes better than his first-round score of 72.
“I made a couple of mistakes (Friday) that I usually don’t make,” Edeen said. “I just came out with a more aggressive strategy.”
The former Cheyenne Central standout was sitting at even-par following his first nine holes Saturday, but started strong in the back nine after shooting for birdie on Hole Nos. 1 and 2. He then earned himself another birdie on his last hole to solidify his lead at 140 after 36 holes.
“I need to play like I don’t have the lead (today),” Edeen said. “I just need to continue pressing birdies and act like I’m chasing the leader.”
Chasing Edeen are Blake Danni and Kirby Coe-Kirkham, who are both tied for second at 141.
Coe-Kirkham remains in the same position as he was Friday after shooting a 72 in Saturday’s second round.
Blake Danni, a fresh-man-to-be at the Univers-ity of Northern Colorado, climbed his way up the leaderboard Saturday morning after shooting a 3-under-par 69, as well.
“I had a couple of unfortunate spots in the rough, I got stymied a little bit on the 11th and 16th holes,” Danni said. “But, other than that, I played pretty solid overall.”
Danni finished the day with two bogeys and five birdies, including three birdies in a row on Hole Nos. 5 through 7.
“I need to come out (today) and start strong and hit solid shots,” Danni said. “You can’t hide out here, it’ll expose your bad shots.”
The third and final round of the tournament begins at 8 a.m. today at the Cheyenne Country Club.