Texan Maddie McCrary hit the first LPGA Q-Series ball in 2021 on the Crossings Course in Magnolia Grove, getting the most out of a pristine golf course and world-class scoring conditions. The 25-year-old from the suburb of Dallas scored a 5 under 67 in the first round on Thursday and is in second place after 18 holes in this 144-hole marathon.
“I know it was a nice start. Just felt really smooth. Irons feel really good, ”said McCrary with a big smile on his face. “I’ve just been working on my alignment for the last month and that’s pretty much it. Hitting the ball feels really good. It feels like I could grab and grab it like any needle, so it was fun. “
McCrary first earned LPGA Tour status for the 2018 season but struggled to gain a foothold, cutting back only five times in her first two years on the tour. She has played full-time on the Symetra Tour for the past two seasons, with her seven top 20 finishes highlighted by a tie for third place in the 2020 IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. A strong start here in Mobile has given her a tremendous boost in confidence as she focuses on the long task ahead.
“My confidence is gone for the moment, especially after today,” said McCrary. “I just know what to work on, hit a few putts and then hopefully do a few more.”