Tsurutis leads Ladies City Amateur

First-round leader Victoria Tsurutis won the Ladies City Amateur in 2009. File/Brad Nettles

Victoria Tsurutis birdied two of her first three holes on the way to a 1-under-par 71 Friday and a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Ladies City Amateur golf championship at Municipal Golf Course.

Ansley Vaughan, who plays for Converse, is second at even-par 72. Alison Gianakas is third at 76 while defending champion Savannah Hallman opened with a 77.

Terry Rickson leads the Senior Division with a 77, three shots better than Sandy Bland, last year’s runner-up. Jeannie Hillock, who won the 2014 Senior Division, opened with an 82.

Tsurutis, the 2009 champion, finished third on her home course last year. She birdie 1 and 3 Friday but bogeyed 4 and 5 and played the front side in even par. She birdied the 10th and then finished with 8 straight pars for her 71.

Vaughan made two birdies and one bogey for a front-nine 35. Vaughan bogeyed 11 and 12, but finished with a birdie to shoot event par.

The field will be divided into flights for Saturday’s final round, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start scheduled.

LADIES CITY AMATEUR

Victoria Tsurutis, 36-35—71; Ansley Vaughan, 35-37—72; Alison Gianakas, 38-38—76; Savannah Hallman, 41-36—77; Meghan Taylor, 41-37—78; Lauren Gillott, 42-37—79; Colleen Estes, 41-39—80; Taylor Mayers, 44-36—80; Cass Manley, 43-39—82; Wanda Torres, 44-38—82; Katrina Leoni, 43-40—83; Robin Moyer, 41-44—85; Olivia Erwin, 43-44—87; Lynn McCain, 45-42—87; Denise Sterner, 43-45—88; Delanie Mortier, 45-44—89; Robin Richardson, 46-47—93; Shanie Cooper, 49-47—96; Kristen Biety, 53-44—97; Suzanne Morgan, 48-51—99; Mary Gastley, 48-52—100; Beth Greenlee, 50-52—102; June Stovall, 49-53—102.

LADIES CITY SENIOR

Terry Rickson, 38-39—77; Sandy Bland, 40-40—80; Tori Langen, 42-39—81; Devvy Walker, 43-38—81; Jeannie Hillock, 40-42—82; Carole Davis, 47-37—84; Anita Marciniak, 44-40—84; Rhonda Hood, 47-39—86; Arlene Southerland, 44-42—86; Myrtis Burbage, 42-45—87; Betty Poore, 43-44—87; Jan Blum, 47-41—88; Linda Williams, 46-43—89; Ruth Yack, 44-47—91; Clara Polutta, 44-48—92; Charlene Atkins, 45-47—92; Robin Smith, 46-46—92; Bacele Infinger, 50-51—101.