4A state tournament
BLANCHARD — After the first day of the 4A state golf tournament at StoneRidge Golf Club, several Magic Valley golfers are at or near the top of the leaderboard. And Twin Falls High School is in line for both team titles.
Bruins senior Tayllore Ward shot a 1-over 72 on Monday and has a three-stroke lead over Moscow’s Makena Rauch in the girls individual field. Ward finished fourth at last year’s state tournament, and Rauch was second.
On the boys side, Minico’s Joey Gibson is tied for the lead with Bishop Kelly’s Nic Roberts. Both shot 4-under 67s in the first round and are six strokes ahead of third place.
Twin Falls’ Daniel Gaspar and Drew Meyerhoeffer and Minico's Peyton Orr are all tied for third after shooting 2-over 73s. Drew’s cousin Preston Meyerhoeffer is tied for sixth (74), Jerome’s Alex DiLucca is eighth (75) and Wood River’s Johnny Radford is tied for 13th (79).
Brinlee Stotts is in third place and 10 strokes behind her teammate Ward. Fellow Bruins Kaylee Jones (85) and Morgan Harr (87) are fourth and tied for sixth, and Canyon Ridge’s Jade Higley (89) it tied for 12th.
The Bruin boys finished with a score of 305 on Monday, one stroke ahead of defending champion Bishop Kelly. The Twin Falls girls fell to rival Canyon Ridge at last year’s state tournament, but they have a big lead going into the final 18 holes. Their score of 326 is 57 strokes ahead of second-place Middleton.
Twin Falls won girls and boys state championships in 2016.
Minico is third in the eight-team boys field with a score of 313, and Canyon Ridge (401) is fifth in the seven-team girls standings.
3A state tournament
RATHDRUM — Kylie Crossland and the Buhl girls are both in contention for their second straight state titles after strong first rounds at Twin Lakes Village Golf Course.
Crossland’s Monday score of 13-over 85 is one stroke behind Sara Lundberg of Weiser for first place. Fellow Buhl players Zara Weaver (95) and Sage Eckert (98) are in sixth and seventh place.
As a team, the Indians are No. 1 in the girls field after posting a score of 391, 10 strokes ahead of second-place Weiser. Kimberly (433) is tied for fourth, and its top player AliBelle Hopkins (102) is tied for ninth in the individual standings.
The Kimberly boys (373) are in fourth place going into Tuesday, and Buhl (390) is sixth. Buhl’s Bing Ford and Kimberly’s McKade Huft and Connor Murphy are all tied for 16th in the individual field after shooting 93s.
2A state tournament
WORLEY — Declo’s Trey Smyer is near the top of the leaderboard after the first round Monday at Circling Raven Golf Club.
Smyer’s 2-over 74 left him in second place among boys individuals, but he’ll have some work to do to catch up to No. 1 in Tuesday’s final round. Cole Valley Christian’s Jack Curran shot a 4-under 68 on Monday.
Community School’s Max Noddings is tied for 11th after shooting a 78.
The top local girls at the tournament are Lighthouse Christian’s Chloe Gomez and Macyee Holloway, who are both tied for 11th place after shooting 101s. Fellow Lion Jordy Williams and Declo’s Jaesa Fox both shot 103 and are tied for 13th.
Soda Springs’ Tyler Erickson shot an even-par 72 to take the lead in the girls field.
The Declo boys (359) are third in the boys standings and 43 strokes behind No. 1 Cole Valley Christian. Community School (377) is eighth in the 12-team field.
On the girls side, Lighthouse Christian is third in the eight-team field, and its score of 429 is 42 strokes behind No. 1 Cole Valley Christian. Declo (449) is seventh.