Class A girls golf: Bismarck Century leads state tournament after Monday's first round
The Patriots lead Grand Forks Red River by three shots and Fargo Davies is tied for third 15 shots back heading into Tuesday's final round at the Jamestown Country Club.
JAMESTOWN — Bismarck Century and the Patriots' Leah Herbel hold team and individual leads after Monday's first round of the North Dakota Class A girls state tournament at the Jamestown Country Club.
Herbel shot an even-par 72 on Monday and sits atop the individual leaderboard by one stroke over Grand Forks Red River's Jaya Grube.
Century, the Class A champion in 2019 and 2018, finished Monday at 318 and leads Grand Forks Red River by three shots. Defending state champion Fargo Davies is third, tied with Mandan 15 shots off the lead.
West Fargo Sheyenne and Minot are tied for fifth at 351. Fargo Shanley, the 2020 champion, and Bismarck Legacy are tied for seventh at 352. Bismarck St. Mary's is ninth at 353 and Wahpeton is 10th at 355.
Fargo Davies' Rose Solberg shot 75 and is in third place, a shot clear of Century's Hannah Herbel, who won three-straight state titles from 2018 to 2020.
East Region champion Payton Stocker of West Fargo Sheyenne is tied for fifth with Mandan's Ruby Heydt after opening with a 78.
Defending Class A champion Lexi Bartley of Fargo Davies is tied for ninth after opening with an 80. Bartley is tied with Fargo Shanley's Lindsey Astrup and Red River's Ella Speidel.
Leah Herbel had a tough start but turned her day around nicely on the back nine. She began her round with two bogeys, birdied No. 6 but gave the stroke back with a bogey on No. 7.
But on the back nine, Herbel ran off five straight pars, birdied No. 15, made par at No. 16, birdied No. 17 and closed with a par on No. 18 for a 2-under 34.
Solberg had two bogeys and a birdie on the front but made bogeys on three of the first seven holes on the back nine. She recovered with a birdie on No. 17 and a par on No. 18.
Stocker birdied No. 2 but made four bogeys to go out in 39. She repeated the trend on the back, making a birdie at No. 12 but she had four bogeys over the final six holes to finish at 6-over 78.
Bartley had a rough day. She birdied No. 2 but went out with four bogeys. On the back nine, she birdied No. 10 but followed with double bogeys on No. 13 and No. 15 and bogeys on No. 17 and No. 18 to finish at 8-over 80.
The tournament's second and final round begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Jamestown Country Club.