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MILBANK -- Rain was pouring down on the Parkston girls' golf team for a few holes at the Class A golf tournament Monday at Pine Hills Golf Course.

Despite the inclement weather, the Parkston girls persevered and shot a 350 to lead the Class A tournament after the first day. The Trojans hold a three-stroke lead over Sioux Falls Christian, which has a team score of 353. Hot Springs has a 402 and is in third.

"We got at least seven or eight holes without rain, but there were definitely times when there was heavy rain," Parkston golf coach Tyler Hockett said. "There were a lot of low spots on the Milbank golf course, so there were some situations where there was casual water built up on the course, and that can be difficult."

Hockett said he was content with his team's performance, but he believes that it can play better. All five Parkston golfers are in the top 20.

Leading the way for the Trojans individually was defending champion Sydney Bormann, who shot an 85 and is in third place.

The tournament leader is Cassidy Vollmer, of Hot Springs, who shot an 82. Last season Bormann defeated Vollmer and Schuyler Wetzel, also of Hot Springs, in a playoff to win the state championship as an eighth-grader.

Also in the running for a chance to take home the Class A state title for the Trojans is Logan Wagner, Jordan Bormann, Taylor Bormann and Sydney Weber.

Wagner sits in fifth-place after shooting an 86, Jordan Bormann shot an 88 and is sixth and Taylor Bormann finished with a 91 and is 11th. Weber shot a 95 and is in 16th.

"It is going to be quite the battle for the top spot," Hockett said. "Our girls have been in the situation before."

The tournament is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. shotgun today in Milbank. If the inclement weather forces the second day of the meet to be canceled, then current standings will determine the winners of the tournament. Hockett said that for the tournament to be official, 18 holes had to be completed.