Two-time tournament champion Kim Kaul of the Gowanda Country Club sits in a tie for first on a crowded leader board after the first round of the New York State Women's Senior and Super Senior Amateur Golf championship at the Thendara Golf Club in the Adirondacks.
Kaul is tie at 5-over-par 78 with Tammy Blyth of the Monroe Golf Club in Rochester. They each had six bogeys and one birdie in their rounds. Kaul played the 5,620-yard layout’s five par-5 holes even. Her lone birdie came on the 398-yard No. 2 hole.
Kaul won her first title in the event at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville in 2008 and her second at Thendara in 2015.
Two-time defending champion Mary Sicard (Queensbury) is tied for third at 79 with Carolyn Mancini (Binghamton CC). Three more golfers are one stroke back at 80.
"Definitely difficult to come in as two-time champion because there’s a lot of pressure on you to three-peat," said Sicard who will go off with Kaul, Blyth and Mancini in the lead foursome at a shotgun start for today’s final round. "I was happy overall with how I played and I'm right where I want to be. Tomorrow’s another day, we'll just come out and see what happens."
Cecily Havens (Pompey Club) and Ronnie Levine-Ribble (Penfield CC) are tied for the Super Seniors lead at 79. Havens won the Super Senior in 2015 and 2016.
Six age-group champions also will be determined in today's round.