Dorsey Addicks may not need that little reminder in her mirror anymore.
Addicks, who has finished runner-up at the last two Montana Women's State Amateur tournaments, fired a 4-under-par 68 to open up a five-shot lead over Katy Peterson during a blustery first round at Canyon River Golf Club.
The Seattle University junior dropped four birdie putts and added an eagle on a day when swirling winds affected every aspect of the game and made low scores improbable. Not only was Addicks' performance the only round in the 60s, it was also the only round to break par.
"I played really well and I think I handled the wind really well," Addicks said.
And she may have put herself in position to remove the daily reminder she attached to her mirror during the fall.
Following her round, Addicks revealed that she set a goal during the fall of winning her first state amateur and wrote it on a piece of paper and wedged it into her mirror to serve as motivation.
Safe to say it worked.
Addicks opened with five straight pars before making eagle on the 462-yard par-5 sixth hole to get to 2-under before making the turn. She then added a birdie at No. 10.
With the wind blowing in on the long par 5 11th hole, Addicks pushed her drive but still ended up making bogey. Though it brought her back to 2-under, it didn't do as much damage as it could have and served as a microcosm of the Gallatin Gateway product's afternoon.
Despite finding just six fairways, Addicks hit 16 of 18 greens and needed just 29 putts on her way to the low round of the day.
"The main point today was that I was confident with every shot I hit, especially when the wind picked up," Addicks said. "If you aren't confident over the shot with the wind you're not going to hit the green."
She added back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 and nearly eagled the 475-yard par-5 18th.
Playing again from the rough, Addicks' approach rolled into a deep swell 10 yards short of the green. Playing mostly blind into the flag, her chip hit the the cup and bounced out, leaving a short tap-in for her fourth birdie.
"I couldn't see the hole and I didn't realize it was that close to going in," she said. "I was just trying to get it close and make a birdie putt. ... I jokingly said (to her dad, and caddie), 'Hey I can't miss anything today.'
"It would have been cool for it to go in, but I'm not going to be greedy."
Especially not on a day when the winds caused most golfers to second-guess their decisions.
Cathie Williamson, who played in a foursome with Addicks, reigning champion Kyla Clancy and Missoula product Maggie Crippen, said on one par 3 she grabbed one club, and then set it down in favor of another before returning to her original choice.
"You have to be very confident about what you're hitting, and it makes it really tough," said Williamson, who is in a tie for eighth after a 6-over 78.
The winds pestered the group throughout the day, but really became a problem on the back nine when it shifted direction with almost every hole, principally the closing four.
Williamson was accurate off the tee, but like most of the field had trouble attacking pins. Addicks mentioned that getting approaches to spin and grab Canyon Rivers' greens was almost impossible.
It was on those greens where Clancy, who admitted to having nerves as she began defense of her title, found most of her trouble. She narrowly missed five birdie putts and had to settle for par.
"My score doesn't reflect my stats. My stats were pretty bad for what I scored," said Clancy, who also shot a 78.
Crippen finished a shot back of Williamson and Clancy at 7-over.
"I need to step up my game tomorrow if I want to have a chance on Thursday and I think that everyone in the field feels that way," Crippen said in a text message to the Missoulian.
Though Addicks' 68 opened a sizeable advantage heading into Day 2, the veteran Williamson said she doesn't believe it will alter the way most of the field will play Wednesday.
"You always play against the golf course," Williamson said. "She played so solid today and she looks really, really good. It's going to be tough to get close to her, I think, but it's golf, anything can happen."