The introduction to high school golf was rather seamless for Pembroke Hill golfer India Gaume, who as a freshman last fall placed sixth at the Missouri Class 1 state tournament.
A year later, the encore could be even better.
Gaume compiled a first-day lead Monday after the opening round of the two-day Class 1 state meet. She fired an even-par 72 at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin, a one-stroke advantage over Logan-Rogersville golfer Lyndsey Standage.
“This has been her personal goal — to win state. This is what she’s been working toward,” Pembroke Hill coach Andi Wolfe said in a phone interview. “She has one of the best work ethics I’ve ever seen in high school athletics. There’s no reason she can’t do it.”
Gaume worked her way out of trouble on numerous occasions Monday, according to Wolfe, who estimated Gaume hit only three fairways off the tee. But her usually reliable short game was exactly that — reliable.
A week ago, Gaume used the same recipe to win the Class 1, Sectional 3 tournament, helping Pembroke Hill win the team sectional championship.
Pembroke Hill is in the mix for the team state title after the first day, too. It sits only three shots behind defending state-champion Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School.
Barstow golfer Olivia Laub is in fifth place in the individual standings after shooting 78.
Pembroke Hill’s Shannon Fang (84) is in ninth place, with Grace Parkerson (92), Charlotte Hendricks (93) and Claire Nonemaker (93) rounding out the Raiders’ team score of 341.
“I’m pleased, but there’s definitely room for improvement. We played solidly, but there were some blow-up holes that we can eliminate (Tuesday),” Wolfe said. “I think we can shave off two or three strokes quite easily, and that’s pretty exciting. The girls came off the course saying they can play better.”
Smithville is in fifth place in the Class 1 team standings, and the Warriors were led Monday by Trace Mosby (86), who is in 15th place.
If the Blue Springs Wildcats are to repeat as the Missouri Class 2 state champions, it will require a substantial comeback.
The Wildcats are in sixth place after the first day of the Class 2 meet, played Monday at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield.
Notre Dame de Sion, which upended the Wildcats to win the Missouri Class 2, Sectional 4 meet last week, is in fourth place in the team standings with a team total of 344. Warrensburg leads the Class 2 event with a total of 331.
Lee’s Summit junior Skylar Brunk put together the top local round, shooting a 5-over-par 77. She is in eighth place.
Notre Dame de Sion’s Mary Callista Marx (78) is in 10th place, and Blue Springs senior Jailyn Marshall (79) and Liberty’s Brianna Walker (79) are tied for 13th place heading into the final round Tuesday.