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Parkston girls lead by 18 strokes after opening round at Class A

Parkston’s Sierra Stands follows her putt on the third hole Monday morning at the Class A girls golf tournament in Spearfish. (Jason Gross/Black Hills Pioneer)

SPEARFISH — It was a fast start for the Parkston girls golf team in its pursuit of a third straight title, but coach Tyler Hockett said it’s just half time at the Class A state tournament.

The Trojans hold an 18-stroke lead after the first of two rounds, as Sydney Bormann and Sydney Weber posted the top two individual rounds Monday at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. Sioux Falls Christian is in second place after a first-round score of 358. For more results, see Page B2.

“We came out guns hot on the front nine, which I call our first quarter,” Hockett said. “We had some lapses on the back nine with some of the tougher holes. But we are sitting at halftime right now and focusing on our second half.”

Individually, Bormann is leading the field by seven strokes after finishing with a 1-over par 72. The sophomore finished with two birdies and three bogeys.

Weber is second after one round, shooting a 79, including a birdie on the 17th hole. Weber, a sophomore, is two strokes better than Belle Fourche’s Liz Day, who is third after an opening round 81.

“I was looking for a big tournament from (Weber) and she is right there,” Hockett said. “I’m glad that she gets a chance to showcase herself after the shortened 18-hole tournament last year.”

Weber and Bormann will be in the final group to tee off for the final round today, which should help both players, according to Hockett.

“They have played together in practice all year,” Hockett said. “They are teammates, but I guarantee they are both going to be trying to shoot the lowest score.”

This is the last year where two players from the same team can be in the same group. A change voted on by the state’s athletic directors will be put into place next school year, keeping teammates from playing in the same group.

The three other Trojans all finished within the top 30 in the first round, with Jayden Bormann (tied at 22nd) carding a 94, Tiana Kruse (tied at 24th) a 95 and Sierra Stands (tied at 30th) a 97.

“I can’t say enough about how Tiana played today,” Hockett said. “She shot a personal best with two tough birdies.”

Winner girls in 11th after first round

The Winner girls golf team is in 11th place after an opening round of 427 Monday at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club.

Kennede Mathis is leading the Warriors with a 98, which was good enough to put her 32nd in the individual standings, while Ronae Klein is tied for 36th after shooting a 101.

Chamberlain’s Brigitte Bryd is in 14th with an opening round 90, while Cub teammate Brett Story shot a 112 and sits 62nd. Wagner’s Megan Zephier and Kathleen Juffer each shot a 115 and are tied for 67th going into the final round, which starts at 9 a.m. today in Spearfish.