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2 from Century play well

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Post-Bulletin staff

COON RAPIDS, Minn. — A pair of Rochester Century golfers had strong first-day performances at the Class AAA state golf tournament.

Century’s C.J. Fritcher carded a round of 80 at Bunker Hills Golf Course. Fritcher is one of just three seventh-graders playing at this year’s Class AAA boys tournament. He shot 39 on the front Tuesday and fired 41 on the back nine. That has him tied for 36th place out of 88 golfers.

Rochester John Marshall senior Luke Robison struggled on his first nine holes, firing 45. But he bounced back for a 40 on the back to card 85 for the first round. Robison is tied for 81st place.

Austin’s Drew Osier was the top area golfer on Tuesday. Osier carded a first-round 78, which leaves him in a tie for 22nd place. He shot 39 on the front and the back.

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Robison was scheduled to tee off in the second and final round at 7:30 a.m. today, while Fritcher teed off at 7:57 and Osier at 8:06.

In the Class AAA girls meet, Century’s Taylor Wells played very well on Day 1. Wells carded 82 and is in a tie for ninth place. The sophomore had 41 on the front and back.

Austin senior Catherine Wagner entered the state tournament as the top returning place-winner from a year ago. She was second in 2008.

Wagner also carded 82 on Monday and finds herself seven shots out of the lead.

Wells and Wagner are scheduled to play together today. They were set to tee off at 12:07 p.m.

Burnsville’s Gretchen Huhnerkoch is the first-day leader after carding a two-over par 75. Forest Lake’s Betsy Kelly and Burnsville’s Natalie Samb are two shots back at 77.

Eden Prairie leads the team competition after shooting 350 on Tuesday. Lakeville North, the Section One representative, is two shots back at 352, and Woodbury is third at 353.

Eastview senior Joe Petrulo leads the boys competition after shooting one-under 71 on Day 1. Andover’s Taylor Tollette and Cambridge-Isanti’s Ty Liljander are one shot back at 72.

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Eden Prairie leads the boys team competition, too, with a round of 305. Wayzata is two shots back at 307, while Eastview and Forest Lake are tied for third with 310.

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