Henna took sole possession of the lead with her drop-in solo birdie on hole 17. Henna’s first of only two real mistakes of the day came much, much early – hole three to be precise. Her drive was a great throw, but only a few degrees too far to the left, where it leaked out of bounds. But you don’t get to be one of the highest rated players by letting one bad break get to you. After that, she never went more than three holes in a row without a birdie. It’s day one, and on the 18th teepad you have the lead, hit the gap and finish without a blemish – you’ve got two more rounds of possibility left to make your moves. Her final drive of the day leaked left, caught the trees and then went missing….for probably all of the allowed 2 minutes and 59 seconds to find her disc. Her drive was found, a bit of rough in the way she fired off a sidearm and trickled just out into the fairway. After quickly collecting herself she went back to the well and pulled up some good fortune – putting a great forehand down the fairway. Birdie and even par were out of the question, but Henna let go of her possession of first with a triple-bogey 8 on the final hole. With that single hole, she went from the top of tomorrow’s lead card to the back.
Long story short, here’s what I’m telling you – believe it or not. Paige Pierce and Catrina Allen (the two highest rated players in the world are tied for first), right behind them are Rebecca Cox who has been shooting a ton of hot rounds lately, and Henna Blumroos, new to the US scene but still the fourth highest rated player in the division. Tomorrow’s card might get caught in the rain but I don’t think anything can put out the fire that this level of competition has sparked in all of the pros. Make sure you’re out of bed and have your coffee by 10 AM EST tomorrow when the lead card takes back to Disc Side of Heaven for the Play It Again Sports Jonesboro Open presented by Prodiscus.
This article written by Staff Editor and Writer Zach Podhorzer . All photography credit to Alyssa Van Lanen.