E.A. Sports Today

Gregoria second after opening 72

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A good score has a way of making a long wait bearable.

Jordan Gregoria waited out a five-hour weather delay Saturday, then delivered an even-par 72 that left her in second place after the opening round of the AAU National Championship at Link Hills Country Club.

Gregoria, a rising senior at Alexandria, had four birdies and four bogeys in her round. She trails Viola Greenwood of Cookeville, Tenn., by three shots.

“It’s the first time I ever shot even-par so I’m happy about that,” she said. “There were a couple holes where my putting threw me off; if I made them I could’ve shot 69. Other than that, I’m happy with what I shot.”

Gregoria was scheduled to tee off shortly after 8 a.m., but because of rainy weather that moved through the area, she never hit her first shot until around 1:30 p.m.

Her previous best round was the 73 she shot in the opening round of the Class 1A-5A state tournament in Prattville earlier this year.

“I expected to play well,” she said. “I told myself I could shoot even par and I did. It’s not a super-hard course, it’s easier than some I’ve played really good, so I knew I could do good.”

She probably won’t have to put up with as much waiting Sunday. The forecast calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s.

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