CARMEL — The sun didn’t shine often. The course played like a wet towel. But all in all, it was a happy birthday for New Palestine junior Mackenzi Black.
The ball hit each fairway with a splash and the greens were unavoidably fast. But she didn’t mind too much. Turning 17-years-old Friday at the IHSAA State Golf Finals, Black finished with an opening-day round of 81 at Prairie View.
Black carded a birdie on hole No.14 and finished with eight pars on the rainy afternoon. She is currently tied for 33rd heading into Day 2.
“I played well but just had too many putts,” Black said, who shares her birthday with her triplet sisters Lauren and Alex.
Mt. Vernon sophomore Charlie True completed just 15 holes before sunset and will resume play today at 8:30 a.m. She tallied a score of 64 and is tied for 16th.
The meet, which will conclude today, was delayed twice due to inclement weather. At approximately 10:36 a.m., the first horn sounded signaling a break in the action, which lasted about an hour.
The next came at around approximately 3:36 p.m. It lasted longer, though, with play resuming around 5:20 p.m. The final horn ended the meet after 7 p.m.
Black started on the back nine at 8:39 a.m. and was 4-over-par after the turn. She was tied for 40th through 15 holes at 7-over-par and was plus-6 after 12. On hole No. 3, she used a solid approach shot to land within seven feet of the pin.
True, however, struggled to find rhythm on Friday after teeing off almost an hour late. Her original tee time was 10:45 a.m. Nonetheless, she did fire a birdie on hole No. 3.
She had only completed seven holes after the second delay. Through six holes, True was four-over-par but had a triple bogey on No. 7. Through 12 holes, she cracked the top-10 and was tied for eighth at three strokes over par.
True finished 11th overall at the state finals as a freshman.
IHSAA Golf State Finals at Prairie View Golf Club
Mackenzi Black, New Palestine – 81
Charlie True, Mt. Vernon – 64 (through 15)