In 2018, defending champion Kyra Cox was five-under-par over three rounds and the only player in red numbers. On Wednesday, Cox shot 76, four over, to lead by four despite of the greens being slippery and the slower pace created by heavy rain the day before.
Cox was the only player to break 80. Nearly half the field was above 90.
Cox admitted that it was difficult and tricky for she had has just completed her first year as a member of the Furman University golf team. She argued that it was deceiving because it was such a short course, but you really had to land the ball in a perfect spot to get to the flags.
Cox made five bogeys on the front, against two birdies, but was only one over on the back for 37. Her defeat was not that easy though, as she said that it was definitely a struggle, but she held herself together after kind of a tricky front.
Alex Fox was four shots back. Fox finished eighth in the state championships last year and this year she chose to play on the boys’ team in the states because Ellington had a chance at the title. She had the second-best score on her side. Fox had nine bogeys and a birdie to finish at plus-eight.
Cox and Fox were the only players in the field without a double bogey or worse on their cards, even though the course played at 5,600 yards.
Fox was at plus-8. Meghan Mitchell was plus-9. Emily Cohen of Darien was plus-11. And Jen Holland, the 2018 Player of the Year, was plus-12. She made five bogeys and a triple on the par-5 eighth.
Cox hopes that she wins again. She said that it was her last big tournament before she goes away, and it would, therefore, give her some confidence. She aims to stay at or around even par.
There are four divisions in the Connecticut Women’s Amateur. Besides Cox (overall) and Holland (Senior Division), the leader in the Junior Division, is Fox by one over Mitchell and by four over Ridgewood’s Mia Scarpati, and in the Super Senior Division, Donna Harris of Farmington Woods Golf Club and Gia Watkins of Brooklawn by one over Nancy Walker of Wethersfield.
The game will begin on Thursday at 8 a.m. with leaders Cox, Fox and Mitchell teeing off at 9:20.