TC”s Dy tied for Michigan Amateur lead | Sports

SAGINAW – Golfer Anika Dy of Traverse City of the University of Michigan and Ariel Chang of Macomb shared the lead of the first round of stroke play at the Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship at Saginaw Country Club.

Dy, who won the Michigan Women’s Open Championship in 2019, and Chang, the Michigan Junior Girls State Amateur Champion last summer, each opened with 1-under rounds of 70.

They run the field through a second round of stroke play on Tuesday to determine the 32 golfers who advance to match play. Match play continues through Friday to determine a champion.

Dy said she played a lot of birdie bogey golf on the round.

“I haven’t played a lot for college golf this season so it’s my first tournament in a while,” she said of her freshman season. “I was just looking forward to seeing my friends and competing again. I didn’t really have a lot of expectations as it was my first tournament this summer. The nerves are definitely there, which is good. I hug it and hopefully it goes well. “

Dy said she likes match play, which bodes well for later in the week.

“I’m not going to have any expectations of myself,” she said. “I’ll just play and see where it goes.”

Chang said her short game saved her round.

“My irons weren’t too hot, but my chipping and putting gave me my good score,” she said. “I like the greens here. You are in really great shape. “

Katie Potter, who led South Lyon High to a state championship last fall, just shot par 71, closely followed by defending champion Anna Kramer from Spring Lake and Grand Blancs Kate Brody, who each shot 72. Rochester Hills rounded out the top 6 with a 73.

A pair of hole-in-ones added tension in the first round. Grand Rapids’ Mandy Ehrlich cracked No. 4, which was played at 110 yards on Monday, and Corunna’s Emme Lantis had her hole-in-one at No. 10, which was playing at 135 yards.

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