One of a trio of local ladies playing in the 35th Tennessee Golf Association annual event, Scott held a three-stroke edge after the opening 18 holes, but was up by just a stroke when play began this morning.
Meanwhile, Lisa Daubner bounced back from a rough opening round to improve her score by 20 strokes, turning in the second-lowest score of the second round to climb into a tie for 14th place.
Linda Mullins slipped from second place into a tie for eighth after an uncharacteristic score in the second 18 holes Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a pair of Polk County High School golfer opened play Tuesday in Manchester at the TSSAA Class A-AA Golf State Championships. Senior Emily Massengill and junior Ryan Droke both struggled some at the very tough WillowBrook Golf Club course and were looking to improve in today’s final round of play.
Scott was the only one of 59 players to break 80 with a 6-over-par 78 in Monday’s opening round at the Women’s Senior Amateur, but she slipped above that mark in the second 18 holes Tuesday with an 81.
Playing partner Lynda Wimberly, who was tied with Mullins for second with an 81 in the opening round made a charge with a 79 on Tuesday and entered today’s play just a stroke back of Scott with 18 holes remaining.
While Scott’s Monday round was made up of a dozen pars and six bogeys, Tuesday’s scorecard included back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth holes, but nine bogeys and a double-bogey on 18 pushed her tally three strokes higher than the previous round.
Gena Ridings rebounded from an 84 on Monday with a 79 Tuesday to round out the final threesome, four strokes off the pace set by Scott.
After a surprising 98 in the opening round, Daubner played up to her abilities in the second 18, closing out both halves of her round with birdies to go along with eight pars and the same amount of bogeys on Tuesday.
A pair of birdies highlights Mullins’ opening 18, but the second round card had just four pars, 11 bogeys and a trio of double-bogeys as she slid into a three-way tie with Carol Sumner and Ginny Zanca at 170, putting them 11 strokes behind Scott.
Droke finished the first 18 holes of his initial TSSAA state tournament tied for 62nd place with a 92. The Wildcat junior fired a 44 before the turn and slipped to a 48 on the treacherous WillowBrook back nine.
Playing in her second straight TSSAA championship, Massengill was tied for 48th heading into today’s final 18 holes as carding a 103 on Tuesday. The Lady Wildcat senior actually shot better on the back nine (50) than she had on the front (53).