Madison freshman sensation Amanda Detmer carded a 5-over-par 77 in her first round at the IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals on Friday to put herself in contention for an individual state championship when the 36-hole event concludes today at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin.

Detmer carded six bogeys, a birdie and 11 pars - including a stretch of six pars to close out her opening round - to stand just four strokes off a lead held by Brooke Beegle, a senior from Hamilton Southeastern.

"It was a great round," Madison coach Doug Rusk said of Detmer's first foray at the state finals. "She was remarkably cool and calm because she's got a lot of experience playing tournament golf in the summer against this level of competition. This is the elite girls in Indiana and she more than held her own."

Detmer started her round at 8:30 a.m. and had already made the turn at 2-over-par before the majority of the field even teed off. By 12:30 p.m. her round was on the leaderboard and she remained at the top of that board most of the day before Beegle finished at one-over-73.

Kelly Grassel, a junior from Chesterton, stands second at 3-over-75 and Kari Bellville, a sophomore from Penn, is alone in third at 4-over-76. Detmer, the top scorer among players not on an advancing team, is tied with five other golfers at 77.

Detmer's lone birdie of the day came at the 140-yard par-3 third hole where she stuck her tee shot within four feet and then drained the putt to stand even-par after having just bogeyed the par-5 second.

The par fives were Detmer's nemesis all round. She bogeyed three of the four par fives including both on the front nine.

"She played the par-threes really well today. It was mainly the par fives that she struggled on and that was just because she missed some greens with her approach shots," Rusk said.

Detmer's roughest stretch of holes came at the start of the back nine when she bogeyed three straight to get to five-over.

"It was sort of like last week at regional. She hit a rough stretch where the boat was leaking a little," Rusk said. "But just like then she battled back and got a string of pars going and that seemed to rejuvenate her. She fought through her problems.

"It was just a matter of hitting greens," Rusk added. "She never was in any real trouble. She just came up short or missed greens on the side on a couple of holes."

Rusk said weather conditions on Friday were brutal at The Legends. Cloudy and cool conditions combined with blustery wind to not only make playing conditions uncomfortable but shot-making difficult.

"I brought clothes up here for two days and I think I had everything I owned on by the end of the day. It was just that cold," Rusk laughed. "She battled through it but we're going to have to get her some hand warmers for tomorrow when it could be even colder. They're saying the second round could be delayed by frost."

Rusk said Detmer was followed by a nice-sized gallery of family and friends on Friday. "It was a really good crowd and we really thank everyone for coming up," he said.

Detmer's second round is scheduled to begin at 8:57 a.m. today - the fourth group of the day in a pairing with Morgan Nadaline, a sophomore from Anderson, and Katherine Sharp, a junior from East Noble.

"She's right in the thick of things," Rusk said. "We came up here for the win. This is not some freshman just happy to be here. She's used to playing these players in the summer tournaments and she's more than holding her own.

"We need to make some birdies and we need a couple of players to maybe come back to us a little bit," Rusk added. "But if she can get out and post a low score that will put pressure on everybody else. We feel like her golf is good enough to win this thing."