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Cusumano leads Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s state championship by one stroke

Southern Illinois University Carbondale sophomore Brooke Cusumano leads a strong, deep field by one stroke after round one Tuesday (July 8) of the Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship.

The three-day 54-hole tournament is being played at Creekmoor Country Club in Raymore.

The Westminster Christian Academy graduate  is playing in her second state championship. She finished fifth last year and was the low junior playing in the championship.

Cusumano started her day with a birdie on the first hole. Cusumano seemed to have things going her way as she was  standing on the 13th tee at 3-under. However, a bogey on the par five and a double on the 17th par three had her back to even for the day.

A good birdie putt on the 18th gave her a 1-under 71 to take the lead over a very strong field.

“Everything just felt easy to me today.. hit the fairway, make the putt…. it was a great day.” said Cusumano.

Hanule Seo, of Chesterfield, had a three hole birdie run, before two bogeys and a double had her at one over on No. 18, which she birdied for an even par round of 72. Seo is a graduate of MICDS and just finished her collegiate career at the University of Oregon.

Eight-time champion Ellen Port had a string of pars until her birdie on the eighth hole.  But she recorded two bogeys on the back nine. Port is in third place with a 1-over 73.

Playing alongside Port, defending champion Catherine Dolan made it exciting after struggling on the front nine making the turn at three over.  Pulling a five iron on the 159 yard par three 12th hole, she promptly recorded her fourth career ace.  Dolan finished her day with a 2-over 74.

Overnight rains left the greens soft and receptive at the Creekmoor Golf Club.

Round two begins Wednesday with tee times starting at 8 a.m.

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