Elizabeth Eberle got off to a fast start in her first-ever appearance in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Tournament.

The sophomore had birdies on two of her first three holes on Friday at the Bowling Green Country Club.

"The front nine was as easy as it could be for her," Madison Central coach Tennye Ohr said of Eberle.

She carried that momentum through the rest of the opening round.

Eberle had two more birdies on the back nine and sits atop the leaderboard after the first day of the tournament. The sophomore shot a -2, 70, and is one stroke ahead of Macey Brown (-1, 71) of Apollo.

Eberle and Brown were the only golfers under par in the first round.

Wayne Isabella of Shelby County (+1, 73) is in third and Faith Martin of South Warren and McKenna Stahl of South Warren are tied for fourth at +2.

Madison Central's Claria Beth Ramsey shot a +12, 84, and is tied for 48th after the first round.

She had a double bogey on No. 1 and bogeys on No. 2, 3, 4.

Madison Central's Lydia Harrel also qualified for the state tournament as an individual. She shot a +18, 90, and did not make the cut.

Eberle made the turn at -2. She had to hit out from under a tree on No. 10 and had a bogey. She three-putted on No. 11 for another bogey.

She rebounded with a birdie on No. 12, though.

"She held it together," Ohr said.

Eberle is set to tee off at 8:20 a.m. today in the final round, weather permitting.

Ramsey will tee off at 7:30 a.m.

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