NDSU Junior Lexi Geolat leads at 1-over par for a 72 after Round One of the Minnesota Women’s State Open Championship at Southview Country Club.
“Like the razor,” she said as to how to pronounce her last name. Today she lived up to that expectation and cut through the competition, finishing with a one-stroke lead over amateurs Megan Munneke and Anni Heck.
“I’ve had kind of a tough summer getting things going after the first hole,” said Geolat, who finished middle of the pack at last week’s Minnesota Women’s Amateur Championship. Today she had a “really solid first hole” and just “let things happen.”
Josh Luehmann, Director of Golf and General Manager of Southview Country Club, warned the field that the back nine, especially Holes 14 through 18, would prove tough.
“A lot of the tee shots get pretty narrow, and I just kept focusing, picking my spot, just hitting the shot I wanted to hit, and it kept working out,” said Geolat.
She finished the front nine at two over par and made great birdies on both 14 and the signature par-3 Hole 15, to get back to even par.
On 17, Geolat made a solid first tee shot, but her second shot went left into the woods and she lost her ball. She managed to get up and down to save bogey, and parred Hole 18 to finish one-over-par.
Tomorrow, Geolat plans to take the day “shot for shot” and “not get ahead of anything.”
Round Two tee times start at 7:30 a.m. off Hole 1.
Other notable finishes include a three-way tie for fourth at +3 between Andriel Aimua, Jasi Acharya, and Alexandra Schilling. Kathryn VanArragon, last week’s Minnesota Amateur Champion finished +4 tied for seventh place.
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