USGA Mid-Amateur Champion Julia Potter started off her season as medalist during the opening round of the IWGA Match Play Championship at Heartland Crossing Golf Links. Potter fired a 4-under-par 68, with an impressive 31 on the front nine.
"The key to my round today was my putting,” said Potter of Indianapolis. "I played really consistently today except for my double bogey on 10. 10 always seems to have my number, so I need to keep that in mind tomorrow and not let it get in my head.”
Potter’s round consisted of seven birdies today coming on the par-3, 2nd, the par-5 3rd, the par-4 4th, the par-4, 7th, the par-4, 8th, the par-5, 13th, and the par-4, 15th.
"This is my first event since the Mid-Am,” Potter said. "I am happy with how I played today. Obviously my goal is to win the event, but I also hope to continue to make putts and play as consistently as I did today.”
Newburgh’s Kayla Katterhenry finished second today and just one shot behind Potter with a 3-under-par 69. Katterhenry claims the number two seed heading into the match play portion of competition.
"Today my putter really saved me,” Katterherny said. "I had five putts in my first four holes. Tomorrow I’m not going to think about my round today or focus on score, but play each hole individually.”
After today, the field was cut to the top sixteen players who will advance to match play. Martinsville’s Jaclyn Schindler and Fishers’ Mary Ellen Romero claimed the 15th and 16th seeds after firing 6-over-par 78s.