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Opening 98 for Harris of MHS

May 30, 2012
By MARK PAWLAK - T-R Assistant Sports Editor ( , Times-Republican

ANKENY - It was a day full of golf bags toppling over in the wind.

Numerous spectators were sprinting after hats that had blown off their heads.

It was a tough day to score well at the Iowa Girls State Golf Tournament.

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Marshalltown freshman Ashley Harris hits an approach shot on hole No. 9 on Tuesday during the Iowa Girls State Golf Tournament. Harris shot 98 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny.

Marshalltown freshman Ashley Harris shot an opening round 98 on Tuesday at Otter Creek and is tied for 35th in Class 4A.

A west-by-northwest wind in the neighborhood of 20 miles per hour made play difficult at times.

Harris shot 49 on the front nine and 49 on the back nine, and she started her day on hole No. 18.

"It was very windy and the wind made it tough to judge distances," Harris said.

"(Today) I just have to keep my head in the game and try to deal with the wind better," she added.

There is a three-way tie for the individual lead going into today's final round as Allison Rolinger of Cedar Falls, Sarah Splittgerber of Dowling Catholic and Rachele Miller of Pleasant Valley each recorded 81 on the par-71 Otter Creek setup.

Defending champion Cedar Falls leads the team race at 334, while Waukee is 11 strokes back in second (345) and Pleasant Valley is third (360).



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