Sue Nyhus and Joyce Billings, who finished second last year, teamed for a 68 Wednesday to grab the first-round lead at the Ladies State Best Ball at the Mountain Dell Lake Course.
Nyhus and Billings are two shots ahead of defending champions Jennifer Peirce and Kerry Sundahl and the teams of Annette Gaiotti-Karen Killpack and Sandy Beveridge-Jane Hughes.
Ruth Ann Roach and Rose Roberts are two more shots back at 72, while Gwen Adams and Natalie Neff stand at 73.
Piper Lever and Missy Long lead the second flight with a 72, while the two teams of Karen Frazier-Sally Millbank and Uji Bymaster-Sherdean Carter lead the third flight with 79s. Bymaster had the shot of the day, making a hole in one at the par-3 No. 7 hole.
Karen Hendrickson and Susan Brewer have a commanding six-shot lead in the fourth flight with a 78.
The tournament concludes today with everyone teeing off at 8 a.m. in a shotgun start on the Canyon Course.
STATE AM QUALIFYING: Tadd Cox, playing in the last group of the day, shot a 5-under par 67 to top the qualifiers for the State Am at the Southern Qualifying on Wednesday at East Bay Golf Course in Provo.
Chris Graham was second with a 68, followed by Derek Squire at 69. Fourteen golfers made the cut, which came at 74.
BYU golfer Todd Miller just made it, despite shooting a round of 70. After his round, he discovered an extra club, a junior club he used at a clinic earlier in the week and was assessed a four-stroke penalty, giving him an official score of 74.
In the Monday State Am qualifying at Wingpointe, Ben Smuin led the way with a 6-under par 66 to lead a group of 28 qualifiers. Mike Branca was second at 67, followed by Nick Carter at 68 and Justin Bateman at 69. The Finau brothers, 13-year-old Gipper and 14-year-old Tony, both qualified with scores of 72 and 74. The cut came at 75.