FORT WAYNE – As the old adage in golf goes, you can’t win the tournament on the first day.
But you certainly can lose it, Karley Dobis interrupted Saturday afternoon.
And she wanted everyone to know she’s well aware that she’s won nothing yet, even if her 1-under 71 at Coyote Creek Golf Club put her atop the leader board at the City Tournament. The event dates to 1931 and is put on by the Fort Wayne Women’s Golf Association.
I just wanted to get off to a good start and keep myself in it, said Dobis, whose home course is Coyote Creek.
We’ll see what happens the rest of the week, but I just wanted to make sure I got that good start.
There are some new players chasing the tournament championship. None of the top four players have won the tournament before, led by Dobis, who is a sophomore-to-be on the Ball State team.
Because of her inexperience, she often competed as an individual for the Cardinals, but Dobis said her freshman season was valuable.
It’s great down there, she said. I had a blast. I have awesome teammates. I just had a lot of fun and got a lot of experience.
Kim Gottwald’s 72 put her in second place, followed by IPFW golfers Allison Curtis (73) and Ashton Taft (75).
I’m pretty happy with my round, Taft said. I’ve been struggling this summer, so it’s nice to put it together for the first day of the city.
Taft had, perhaps, the most difficult pairing of the day. She was with four-time champion Michelle Smith, who fired a 79, and defending-champion Amber Sieber, who shot an 81.
I wanted it, and I was really looking forward to today, and it was a lot of fun playing with Michelle and Amber, past champions, Taft said.
The conditions weren’t too bad. The wind picked up on the back nine and I think we all kind of struggled with that. And the greens were rolling really fast.
Lori Stinson, who won in 1988, 1989 and 1991, shot a 76 and is in fifth place in the three-day event.
I was actually really pleased with how I hit it, said Stinson, who is a residential realtor.
I was hitting it pretty good off the tee and some of my irons were a little thin coming in. My chipping was really good on the front nine, even though I triple bogeyed No. 9, but I did have two birdies.
On the back nine, I started hitting some better iron shots and giving myself some chances at birdies.
Sarah Dusman shot a 77 and is in sixth place.
I was trying to tell myself out there to just stay patient, Stinson said, because it’s been a while since I’ve played in competition – it was this time last year.
So even after nine holes, I just wanted to take one shot at a time and drop some putts.