Pembroke Hill golfer India Gaume opted for the conventional route to the Missouri Class 1 state championship last fall — an early first-round lead and enough breathing room to hang on to it the following day.
If Gaume is to secure back-to-back titles, it will require a reversal of plans.
In her quest to repeat as the Class 1 state champion, Gaume shot a 7-over 79 on Monday at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield, Mo. She is tied for third place in the two-day tournament, along with teammate Shannon Fang. They are 6 strokes behind Notre Dame’s Sarah Bell heading into the final round Tuesday.
“India has the mentality and capability to come back. I have every confidence she can make it happen,” Pembroke Hill coach Andi Wolfe said in a phone interview. “She’s a smart player, and she knows how to get out of trouble.”
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As a team, Pembroke Hill sits in second place, but the Raiders are 24 strokes behind leader Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau). Pembroke Hill leads third-place John Burroughs by 1 shot.
“We didn’t have the greatest day today, but we anticipate it will be much better (Tuesday),” Wolfe said. “We will need it. We could be in a dogfight for second place.”
Barstow’s Olivia Laub is tied for 10th at 82 after the opening round. Smithville’s Trace Mosby is in 17th after an 86.