JORDAN – Kyle Hickey couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Class AA boys golf state meet.
The Rochester Lourdes senior started his round at The Ridges at Sand Creek with a birdie and rolled from there. Hickey’s even-par 72 was good for a one-shot lead over Ben Warian of Hill Murray and Hunter Burnside of Detroit Lakes heading into today’s final round.
Hickey, who started his round on hole No. 10, had a terrific first nine, making three birdies and six pars.
Fourteen golfers started the final round within four shots of the lead. Among that group is Red Wing senior Cecil Belisle. The Minnesota State University, Mankato, commit is tied for fourth place at 2-over par 74. Belisle finished third at state last year after winning a state championship in 2017.
Hickey’s Lourdes teammate and classmate Luke Alexander is also among those within striking distance. Alexander shot a 4-over 76 on Tuesday and is just four shots out of the lead.
Holy Family Catholic leads the race for the team championship, with a first-round total of 310. Detroit Lakes is second (317). Red Wing is in sixth place at 331.
SECTION 1 GIRLS TOP LEADERBOARD
The strength and depth of Section 1AA girls golf shows on the leaderboard after Day 1 of the Class AA girls golf state meet.
Three Section 1 players hold down the top spots, with defending state medalist Sophia Yoemans, a senior from Red Wing, in the lead with a 3-under par 69. Her classmate and teammate Leah Herzog is tied for second with La Crescent’s Anna Tollefson at 1-over 73, four shots back of Yoemans.
Lake City’s Marah Rothgarn also had a standout opening round. The talented junior shot a 2-over par 74, to sit just one shot out of second place.
Lake City’s Ava Wallerich also started the second round in the top 10. She was tied for 10th after Tuesday’s play, shooting a 77.
Minnewaska/B-B-E leads the team race with a 313 score. Red Wing is a close second at 319 and Detroit Lakes sits third at 325.