Leader of the pack

COLUMBUS – It’s very rare for sub-par to be a good thing.

Except in golf.

It’s always good to be sub-par.

And in the case of Lakota’s Makayla Dull, it’s very good.

The junior Raider leads all golfers after day 1 of the Division II girls state golf tournament.

Dull fired a 1-under 69 on Ohio State University’s Gray Golf Course, serving as the lone player to do so.

“It was pretty consistent. Everything seemed in tune. My drives and my irons and my putting was really good,” Dull said. “The only thing that wasn’t, I don’t want to say bad because I shot a 69, but my chipping was a little off. I’m very pleased.”

It came by virtue of consistent play with 11 pars, five birdies and four bogeys.

“She was just very solid,” Lakota coach Chad Garberich said. “A 69 today. We keep talking about we’re still not quite happy yet. It could still be lower.”

She started her day with six straight pars and followed with birdies on No. 7 and No. 8 before three-putting on No. 9 for a bogey to leave her at a 1-under 34 at the turn.

On the back nine, she opened with a pair of pars. She had a birdie on No.12 before a bogey on the next hole. After a par on No. 13, she repeated the sequence with a birdie then bogey before finishing out the day with a pair of pars.

“It could have been my nerves,” Dull said of her bogeys on the back nine. “I have to stay focused. I have to keep a good mind set (today).”

Hot on her heels is Tippecanoe’s Lindsey Murray who fired an even-par 70 and Dayton Miami Valley School’s Sarah Kolodzik, who carded a 73.

Garberich said they’ve already talked scores for today.

“I think the goal for her (today), we’ve talked, something around 73, 74, should win it for her,” Garberich said. “There’s one 70 but most times on the second day, scores tend to go up on pressure situations. The main thing for her is to stay calm and take it one hole at a time.”

Dull tees off at 9:48 this morning from No. 1 and will be paired with Kolodzik and Canton Central Catholic’s Michele Vlacovsky, who fired a 74.

“It’s a different kind of nerves now (than past years) since I’m the leader,” Dull said. “I’m very nervous right now.”

Dayton Chaminade Julienne leads the team standings with a 334. Five strokes back is Gates Mills Hawken.