Tardy takes big lead at Georgia Girls Championship

GAC's Bailey Tardy

GAC's Bailey Tardy

With just one group left on the course after a rainy first day, Bailey Tardy secured a first-round lead in the Georgia Girls Golf Championship at her home Atlanta Athletic Club on Monday.

The former Greater Atlanta Christian golfer shot a 4-under par 68 to take a four-shot lead over Roswell's Rinko Mitsunaga, who shot even-par in the first round. Tardy and Mitsunaga are the only two golfers in the tournament who shot par or better on a rainy first day.

Play was suspended for the final time at 4:25 p.m. Monday, leaving the group of Alexis Taylor of Stone Mountain, Canton's Claire Roop and Woodstock's Melanie Talbott out on the course. The three-some will play their final 18th hole Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. and there is no plan to delay tee times for the second round.

Norcross' Diane Lim and Duluth's Christyn Carr both shot 4 over and are tied for fifth while Norcross' Allisa Yang was 6 over, putting her in the top 12 and Suwanee's Lauren Lightfritz was 7 over par and tied for 14th after the first day.

Suwanee's Katie Owens, who finished 23-over par aced No. 15, the only hole-in-one of the day.