Palmyra senior golfer Laithan Sublette is tied for fourth overall after the first round of the Class 2 state championships.
The last time Laithan Sublette experienced a delay on the golf course, things did not bode well for him when play resumed.
The Palmyra senior was a little more fortunate with a short delay on Monday during day one of the MSHSAA Class 2 Boys Golf State Championships at Meadows Lake Acres Country Club.
Sublette’s group had to wait 17 minutes from the time they walked off the 10th green until they could tee off on No. 11 due to slower playing groups ahead of them.
He used the time to regroup after a bogey on No. 10 pushed his score to 4-over-par.
“I had some pretty good momentum from 11 to 16,” he stated.
The three-time state finalist carded his first birdie of the round on the 480-yard Par 5 11th hole.
“If I didn’t birdie that hole then something would have been seriously wrong,” Sublette said. “I probably should have eagled the hole. I was only 160 yards out (on second shot).”
A long tee shot on the Par 3 No. 17 resulted in the end of a string of five straight pars for Sublette, as he bogeyed the hole.
The senior, who placed fifth last season in the state meet, finished with a par on No. 18 for a 4-over-par 76.
“My score was not bad for as bad as I hit the ball,” he said. “I just had to keep grinding out there, but nothing went my way, especially on the front nine. I hit the ball so bad and put myself in some horrible spots. But hopefully I can clean it up tomorrow.”
Sublette’s score is tied for fourth after day one.
The Panthers finished the first day with a team score of 348, which is just one stroke off what the team shot at the sectional last week.
Brock Bollin and Mason Burch carded 90s, while Brady Shively fired a 92 to round out the Panthers scoring. Ragar McKinney shot a 97.
“I think some of them were down in the dumps because most played a pretty good front but not very good on the back,” Panthers coach Marty Smyser said. “But I tried to put into perspective for them they are not far from what they shot last week at sectionals.”
Burch finished two strokes better on the back nine than the first nine. The sophomore attributed nerves as a reason for a higher front nine score.
“I felt like I was going to throw up there on the first hole,” the sophomore admitted. “It was pretty cool hearing your name announced, but I just didn’t want to shank one into the woods and have everyone laugh at me.”
Burch smacked his first shot in the middle of the fairway.
“I don’t know how I did it but it felt pretty good,” he said with a smile.
Palmyra is tied for third in the team standings.
Bishop LeBlond is leading the pack with a 302.
Christian is second with a 335, and California is tied with the Panthers.
“I think we are in a good place,” Smyser said. “We knew coming in LeBlond would go low, we just wanted to come in here and compete.”
LeBlond’s Hank Lierz is the individual leader with a 3-under-par 69.
The final round is scheduled to commence Tuesday morning.