PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Making her first public course appearance since securing the GPAC title on May 2, senior Amy Ahlers got her first taste of the national championships while in action on Tuesday. Ahlers finished her first round with a 16-over-par 88 at Squire Course located on the PGA National grounds in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
After a rough start, Ahlers rebounded with four-consecutive pars, which came on holes 1 through 4. Ahlers teed off on hole 12 at 9:24 in the morning Eastern Time. Her 49 on the back nine contributed to the highest score turned in all year by Ahlers, who entered the national tournament with a season average of 80.27. The native of Albion, Neb., turned in pars on eight different holes on Tuesday.
Ahlers was scheduled to begin Wednesday’s round at 1:40 p.m. ET, but rain suspended play on Tuesday evening. An adjusted schedule for Wednesday had not been announced at the time of release. The field of 161 golfers includes 30 team qualifiers (18 automatic berths) and 11 individual qualifiers. The tournament field is cut after 54 holes and reduced to 17 teams and 40 individuals (including ties).
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