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GIRLS GOLF: Tough start for Gilmore in state finals

Bailee Gilmore played her first four holes in even par but finished with a 43.

Bailee Gilmore carded a first-round 90 in the IHSAA state finals at Prairie View on Friday.

BNL senior struggles

with first-round 90

CARMEL – Bailee Gilmore’s opening round in the IHSAA state finals was one she would like to forget.

After fulfilling a career-dream of qualifying for the event, Bedford North Lawrence’s senior star struggled on Friday, firing a season-high 90 at Prairie View. She will compete in the second and final round on Saturday.

State finals scoring

Gilmore got off to a solid start, playing the first four holes in 1-over. But she suffered a damaging 8 on the par-4 fifth, and she never recovered, carding only three pars (and enduring two rain delays that totaled 3 hours) following that problem.

Gilmore, who didn’t card a birdie, had six bogeys, two doubles and two of the dreaded ‘others’ on her scorecard, an uncharacteristic day for the sectional medalist.

“It was tough,” BNL coach Aaron Sanders said. “She was kind of on the wrong side of things today, got in too many bunkers (including the hole that started her slide) and didn’t have too many good looks. It was was of those days. She never got in a good rhythm.”

Play was suspended for darkness at 7:21 p.m., with the groups still on the course reporting back at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday to conclude the first round.