Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament first-round scores results

Natalie Blonien was originally listed among the competitors for the girls 14-15-year-old division at the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament.

But the 15-year-old from Altus decided to opt into the open championship before Monday’s first round at the Wichita Falls Country Club.

It looks like a sound decision.

Blonien leads the girls open championship after the opening round, carding a 3-over 74. That’s enough for a 4-stroke lead on Jaci Hartman of Burneyville, Oklahoma, who shot a 7-over 78. Emerson Purcell of New Albany, Ohio, is in third at 79.  

Blonien finished her round stroke, birdying two of the final three holes and shooting 1 under on the back nine. More importantly, Blonien limited her mistakes during the round with just five bogeys, making par on 10 holes.