YANKTON-At the end of the opening round of the Class B girls state golf tournament on Monday, Burke found itself in a familiar place-atop the standings.
The defending state champions posted a 52 to lead Deubrook Area by one stroke through the first 18 holes at Fox Run Golf Course, with third-place Flandreau shooting an 88.
Three Cougars sit in the top-10 in the individual standings, led by last year's runner-up Taylee Indahl, who is once again in second place with an 83, two strokes behind Deubrook's Courtni Frank.
Frank started the round hot, shooting a 39 on the front nine, while Indahl tied Miller's Erin Moncur with a 41. Indahl shot for par on five of the back nine holes for a 42 and made ground in the standings after Frank also shot a 42 and Moncur shot a 47 to end in fourth place. Philip's Josie Rush is third with an 87.
Adisyn Indahl sits in a three-way tie for fifth with Bon Homme's Makayla Kelley and Bridgewater-Emery's Darby Hurd after all three shot a 91. Emily Stukel is also tied for ninth with a 94 for Burke.
Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Reagan Klooz is 17th with a 96, while Mariah Van Zee, of Platte-Geddes, is one stroke back in 18th.
Bon Homme is in seventh place with a 101, seven strokes behind fifth-place Castlewood. Bridgewater-Emery is 13th with a 112.
Platte-Geddes boys tied for second through 18 holes
James Valley Christian was red-hot in the opening round of the Class B boys state tournament, leading the field with a 30, but Platte-Geddes is tied with Deubrook Area for second and both teams are 12 strokes off the lead.
Brody Boltjes is in fourth place after 18 holes, as his first-round score of 81 is five strokes out of first. Teammate Dawson Hoffman is in a three-way tie for 20th with an 88, while Stewart Van Zee is one stroke back and in a five-way for 24th for the Black Panthers.
Carter Wells and Austin Boomsma claimed the top two spots on the leaderboard for James Valley Christian after shooting a 76 and 79, respectively.
Freeman's Tryg Aanenson is tied for fifth with Howard's Lane Hodges, Kimball/White Lake's Matthew Frey and Deubrook's Carter Ekern as all four golfers shot an 83.
Gregory's JJ Beck was the runner-up last season and shot for par on his first five holes of the tournament, but bogeys on nine of his next 12 holes put him tied for 12th with an 86. Teammate Eli Fogel is tied for 16th with an 87.
Bon Homme and Howard are tied for seventh with 59s, 10 strokes behind fourth-place Hamlin and nine behind fifth-place Parker.
The final round of the Class B tournaments commence at 8:30 a.m. today.