Mesa State senior fires record 69
You could say Sadie Peavler-Farnsworth believes in a little magic.
The Mesa State College senior performed a little magic herself Monday, shooting a Mesa State College record 69 to take the first-round lead Monday in the Quality Inn Maverick Invitational at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.
“I was singing the song, ‘Do you believe in magic,’ in my head all day,” she said. “It’s like a dream. It’s like it didn’t happen.”
Peavler’s 3-under-par 69 leads the tournament by five strokes over Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University’s Jennifer Lutz, who shot a 74. Mesa State’s Jessica Berve is third with 76, Afton Balling is sixth (81) and Jennifer Hilts is ninth (85).
The Mavericks lead the two-day tournament with 311, one shot more than the team’s low round set on the same course in the 2006-07 RMAC Championships.
Peavler’s 69 is three strokes better than the previous school record of 72 set five times by
three players, most recently Maggie Cole in the same tournament Mesa broke the team record.
“I didn’t see it coming,” Mesa State coach Scott Hansen said. “(Peavler) has hit the ball good in spurts, but today she was solid the entire round. Being in that position, it’s hard to tell how you’ll react. Most people will back up a little bit off that, but she kept going. It was fun to watch.”
Peavler was stunned, in part, because of her season-high tournament score of 173 last week in the Regis Invitational.
“The thing is Denver was really rough on me,” she said. “Last week, I didn’t want to golf anymore. It was the first time I’ve played Fox Hollow that bad. It was cool it all came together.
“I feel like I have the ability, but it’s never come together. Today, everything seemed to keep in
rhythm. I had one swing thought all day.”
After last week’s frustration, Peavler was determined to improve her putting. She didn’t change anything. She simply focused on making better putts.
“I lag putted for an hour every day after that,” Peavler said. “That’s all I did was putt every morning and played.
“My approach shots were really good today. I was close enough for birdie opportunities and some of them fell.”
Peavler didn’t let a three-putt bogey on No. 7 affect her.
“She came up to me on No. 8 tee and said she three-putted to go back to one under after she birdied the three holes before that,” Hansen said. “She stepped up on eight and hit it right at the flag three feet away at a pin not real accessible because it was way on the left side.
Playing out here, there’s all kinds of trouble. For her to hit all those greens is amazing.”
On 16, she hit her tee shot into a hazard, but didn’t panic, hitting her second shot onto the green and saving par.
She was able to two-putt each time except once, and that was one of her two bogeys on the day. She had five birdies.
“It show how good she hit the ball,” Hansen said. “She was solid from tee to green. Now the challenge is how you back it up. Her expectations are higher now. It’s hard to follow up a great round like that with another one. She’s always had a lot of potential. I’ve always said she’s got more game than she’s show and what she’s probably believed.”