Three tied at top of Class B boys' race
BROOKINGS -- There's a cluster at the top of the Class B boys' state golf tournament field.
Three golfers are tied for the lead after Monday's first round, played at Brookings Country Club.
Defending champion Arron Lickteig, of Freeman, Canistota freshman Drew Seubert and McCook Central/Montrose's Jake Heumiller each finished with 76s for the lead in the individual race. Howard has a two-stroke advantage on Garretson in team standings. The Tigers shot a first-day score of 246.
"I'm not surprised there are quite a few people at the top," said Lickteig, now a senior who won last year's tournament in Rapid City. "It will make for a real interesting day (today)."
Lickteig, Seubert, Heumiller and Clark-Willow Lake's Colin Labrie, who shot a 77, will tee off at 11:20 a.m. today as the last group to start their final round.
Seubert and Heumiller both had their highlights of the first day on the 11th hole.
With a 52-degree wedge from about 120 yards out, Seubert recorded an eagle.
"It was a pretty lucky shot," he said. "I could see it go in from the middle of the fairway. It took one bounce and spun into the hole."
Heumiller, also a senior, said he had a chip-in birdie on No. 11. His goal today is to shoot a 74.
"That's a little better than I did (Monday) and I think it would be good enough to finish first or second," he said. "Going into this tournament, I thought there was a chance I could win it. I just didn't think it was real good. But after my play today, I'm feeling good about it."
Howard was one of three teams to shoot under 250. After the Tigers and Garretson, Webster is third with a 249.
Howard senior Cal Wiese, who won a Class B state title in his sophomore year and was runner-up last year, shot an 80 to lead his team. He is in fourth place.
"I think he's a little disappointed in his play," Tigers coach Alan Wiese said. "He thinks he could have been three to four strokes better, but he's not out of it."
Howard's Isaiah Glanzer shot an 82, Drew Wiese shot an 84 and Cole Hodges recorded a 90.
Alan Wiese said conditions on the course were rainy and windy at times. The forecast for today calls for more rain.