North Hall’s Mikayla Dubnik has put herself in position to win the Class 3A state championship with 18 holes left to play at Apple Mountain Golf Course in Clarkesville.
On Monday, the Lady Trojans senior and three-time Hall County champion carded a 1-under par 71 and sits tied with White County’s Catie Craig for the lead halfway through the two-day event.
“I feel like I played well today,” said Dubnik, a Mercer University signee. “Now, I just have to stay composed, because I have 18 holes left to play.”
Dubnik closed out her round on a high note, making a good tee shot on No. 18 and draining a downhill left-to-right putt from about six feet for birdie.
Winning the state championship at North Hall is one of Dubnik’s biggest goals, after winning as a freshman in Alabama in 2018 and earning state runner-up in 2019 at North Hall.
Craig had a bumpy start to her round, but closed with three straight birdies to leave the day with a 71.
“The tournament is still totally up for grabs,” Dubnik said. “I felt like I left some shots out there today, but it definitely felt good to come off the course with a birdie.”
Dubnik’s best moment, she said, was on No. 15 with a second shot that she successfully got out of the rough between two trees from 100 yards and had it roll onto the green, then two putted from roughly 40 feet to save par.
For the final round, Dubnik said she will tweak her strategy and club selection, in certain circumstances.
In the team stands, second-place North Hall shot a first-day 255 (39-over par), which was 15 strokes back of White County.
Lyric Sanford carded an 89 for North Hall, while Makayla Jones finished at 95 on Day 1.
For White County, Rylee Adams had an 83 and Erin Dorsey carded a 86.
For the lead in Class 3A, Dubnik and Craig are three shots ahead of third-place Motoko Shimoji from Greater Atlanta Christian.
In the Class 3A boys competition at the Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell, North Hall shot a first-day 349 for eighth place. The best Day 1 scores for the Trojans were Colin Henderson with a 76, while JT Chester carded an 81.
Meanwhile, in Class 7A, the Gainesville boys are in third place after its top four scores tallied a 322 and trail first-place Milton by 20 strokes.
For the Red Elephants, Ryan Davidson shot a 75 and sits in fifth place in the individual standings, while Sam Patterson carded a 79 at the Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton.