The Seminole senior is in third in her attempt to defend her state title.
PORT ST. LUCIE - This was the kind of round in which Brittany Lincicome needed to blow off some steam after signing her scorecard. She grabbed a salad at Bob Evans, then returned to the PGA Golf Club for two hours of work on the putting green.
Never mind that the Seminole senior shot par 72 Tuesday during a tough, windy first round at the Class 2A state tournament.
The defending champion expected better.
"It was an up-and-down day. I missed three putts inside of three feet," Lincicome said. "Afterward I had to regroup."
Today she may have to go low to repeat as champion. Lincicome is in third place going into the final round with a pair of Stuart Martin County players ahead of her. Senior Christina Jones played alongside Lincicome and shot 68, and Megan McChrystal shot 70.
Lincicome's round had plenty of highlights, with five birdies that included a 4-for-4 birdie feast on the par-5s ("I don't think I've ever done that," Lincicome said). But it also included five bogeys including three three-putt greens.
"These greens are slow, but this course isn't really hard," Lincicome said of the 5,362-yard North Course.
Seminole shot 336, good for sixth place in the 16-team field and 47 shots behind Martin County (289). Rachel Edwards shot 81, Amber Spath 90 and Julie Larson 93 for the first-year Warhawks.
The Seminole boys struggled on the South Course, shooting 331 (16th place). Martin County also led the 2A boys field with 295 thanks to four players in the 70s. Seminole, on the other hand, had just one player in the 70s. Ben Drenth shot 78.
"Normally four kids have a good day and one kid has a bad day. That wasn't the case today," Seminole coach Steve Hoff said. "Today one kid had a good day and four kids had a bad day."
Gusty wind took its toll on scores, as did tough greens. Shots that missed the elevated putting surfaces often ended up nestled in chipping areas.
"Truthfully, I don't know where to find a place for chipping like that (at home)," Northside Christian coach D.J. Jackson said. "We're just not accustomed to that."
The Mustangs shot 359, good for seventh place in Class A. Danielle Jackson shot 83, and Sophie Dembroski and Morgan Jackson each shot 87 on the Dye course.
Individual qualifier Whitney Wenglasz of Oldsmar Christian shot 80, her best score of the postseason. Laura Smilnak of Clearwater Central Catholic shot 82 after posting 82 at district and region.
Boca Raton St. Andrews' Morgan Pressel (a two-time U.S. Women's Open participant) and Mount Dora Bible's In-Bee Park (2002 U.S. Girls' Junior champion) both shot 70 to lead Class A.