Donna Peterson of Bloomington fired a 75 on Tuesday to take the lead after the first round of the 50th Illinois Senior Women's State Amateur Golf Championship at Bolingbrook Country Club.
Peterson enjoys a three-stroke advantage over Jackie Schwarz of Huntley and DeAnne Stolarik of Zion. Jan Bowers of Lincoln is sixth after shooting 80.
The second round is set for Wednesday with the final round on Thursday.
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Kearfott in third: Tom Kearfott of El Paso shot a 1-under par 71 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 143 and is in third place in the 33rd Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette.
Kearfott, the 2017 champion, trails Jeff Ott of Dunlap (72) and Andrew Gabelman of Barrington (73) by two strokes heading into Wednesday's final 18 holes.