FORT BENTON - Defending champion Alicia Van Egmond of Manhattan Christian built a 12-stroke lead, but Superior girls led the team race after the opening round of the state Class C girls' golf tournament Tuesday at Signal Point Golf Club.
Van Egmond fired a 96 over the 6,092-yard course, and was one of three Manhattan Christian girls in the top seven. But Superior had three in the top six - senior Heather Riener and junior Tanine Rennick, tied for second at 108, and junior Brittney Henderson in sixth at 111.
Superior's score of 446 was 23 strokes better than Manhattan Christian's 469. Only four schools qualified full four-player girls' squads.
Michael Frye of Culbertson shot a four-over 76 to take an eight-shot lead in the boys' tourney. Frye was the 2001 state champion and finished second to Superior's Dan Hazlett last year. Hazlett was tied for third with an 86 after the first round.
Gardiner, in its first year of golf, took a 276-279 lead over Manhattan Christian's boys. Valier was five strokes back at 281. Superior, the defending team champion, was a close fourth with 285.
The tournament concludes Wednesday on the same course.
FORT BENTON (AP) - Team scores and individual leaders after Tuesday's first round of the state Class C golf tournament, being played at the Signal Point Golf Club. The course plays 6,654 yards and is par 72 for the boys; 6,092 yards and par 74 for the girls.
Gardiner 276, Manhattan Christian 279, Valier 281, Superior 285,Scobey 290, Fairview 291, Westby 296, Great Falls Central 301,Medicine Lake-Froid 306, St. Regis 307, Culbertson 322, Nashua 335,Brockton 341.
Michael Frye, Culbertson 76
Kevin Majerus, Valier 84
Andrew Flikkema, Manhattan Christian 86
Dan Hazlett, Superior 86
Adam Johnson, Med. Lake-Froid 88
Kyle Cayko, Fairview 89
Brian Eekhoff, Manhattan Christian 89
Larry Demaree, Gardiner 90
Jonathan Broadhead, Gardiner 92
Matt Widhalm, Valier 92
Chase Solberg, Westby 92
Superior 446, Manhattan Christian 469, Scobey 479, Valier 620
Alicia Van Egmond, Manhattan Christian 96
Heather Riener, Superior 108
Tanine Rennick, Superior 108
Whitney Borgen, Nashua 111
Lacey Dickinsin, Scobey 111
Brittney Henderson, Superior 111
Eliza Coleman, Manhattan Christian 115
Gerry Richardson, Scobey 118
Madeleine Coleman, Manhattan Christian 119
Sara Vinton, Nashua 123
Danielle Hammer, Scobey 123