DECATUR -- Lauren shot the low round of the day. Paige set the bar high for other No. 4 players. One more day like Friday and the Chappell sisters will be the start and finish to a Charleston state girls golf team title.
The Trojans led second-place Nashville by 11 strokes after the first round of the Class 1A State Girls Golf Tournament on Friday at Red Tail Run Golf Course.
Sophomore Paige Chappell, playing in the No. 4 slot with the four best scores counting towards the team total, positioned herself to swing the tournament for Charleston's advantage, carding the Trojans' third-best round Friday, an 85.
Up against Nashville's Sara Guetersloh, who carried in the best score of their foursome from her sectional round, Paige dismantled the group.
She beat Guetersloh by nine shots, and no one in her group was closer.
Playing a year after she narrowly cracked Charleston's top four with two rounds in the 90s at state, when the Trojans finished in third place, Paige knew her score carried more weight this year.
"It's good to beat the girls in your group, so you know you're separating (your team) from the other teams," Paige Chappell said.
Ally O'Dell and Aislinn Parish finished second in each of their foursomes, but Parish shot a personal-best 80 and the player who beat her, Nashville's Jill Guetersloh, also topped her personal record with Nashville's best round.
Parish started with a 39 after the front nine, which got her off to a competitive start on the individual leaderboard.
"Coach at the beginning of the day, she's like, 'I want you to shoot a 79,' and I'm like, 'OK, coach, whatever' kind of sarcastic," Parish said. "But 80, that's awesome. ... people are doing their best for state, which is probably the best time to be doing your best I guess."
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Lauren Chappell, the two-time individual state champ, finished up at 74 for a one-stroke lead over Richmond-Burton's Mackenzie Hahn.
"We give ourselves a lead and tomorrow you have to go back and shoot good again, but it gives us a head start," Lauren Chappell said.
Lauren is in a group with Rockford-Boylan's Jessica Slattery, who's sitting in fourth place after a first-round 77. Pinckneyville's Megan Breslin is in third.
Parish and Lauren Chappell both made the top 10 after Friday's round, with Paige Chappell tied for 35th and Ally O'Dell tied for 44th. It adds up to as good a start as the Trojans hoped for this weekend.
"We just said if we keep shooting how we have been, we'll be in good position to compete for (first place)," Parish said. "I can't think of a better way to end senior year than winning state, and we all want to.
"I think that's what made me play so well today is I know it's a possibility, and I want to win."
Meridian-Decatur Christian's Grace Miller is right in line with Parish in 10th. Not too far behind, Effingham St. Anthony's Ava Wegman is in 14th and Effingham's Alex Brummer is 18th.
St. Anthony, the only other area team besides Charleston competing together, received good rounds by Wegman and Clare McHugh but the Bulldogs' No. 1 Abbie Schmidt had a long day, finishing with a 94.
Across town in the 2A girls golf state tournament at Hickory Point Golf Club, Mattoon freshman Kira Wolf started her preps state career well with a 72 which put her in 8th position entering today's final round.
But Wolf, who had 14 pars on the day, is just one stroke off the pace as seven tied for low at 71.