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STATE GOLF: Roseau golfer tops local-area performers on Day 1

Eight golfers are within three strokes of the lead at the Minnesota state Class AA meet.

One of those is Roseau High School’s Will Czeh.

Czeh, a junior, fired a first-day 72 and sits in a five-way tie for fourth place, just three shots back of leader Austin vanSytzama of Delano.

Czeh shot a 36 on the front half and a 36 on the back nine at Sand Crook Golf Course near Jordan. He led the contingent of local and area golfers on the first day of the state tournament.

The top golfer on the girls side is Fosston’s Kailey Carlin, who is in fifth place individually with an 84. Carlin shot a 38 on the front nine and a 46 on the back nine. She’s five shots back of the lead.

The two area teams — the Badger-Greenbush-Middle River girls and the Kittson County Central boys — sit in fifth- and sixth-place, respectively, after the opening day.

The Gator girls shot a first-day total of 391, putting them 26 strokes behind first-place BOLD. Andrea Burkel shot an 88 to lead Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.

“Ups and downs, definitely ups and downs,” Gator coach Brady Johnson said. “Our top two had very nice days. They worked as hard as they could. We’re hoping tomorrow is going to be a better day for us.

“We’re going to be the Cinderella team tomorrow. The pressure is off of us. We’re sitting in fifth place. Sixth, seventh and eighth are way, way behind us. We’re behind by 20. If we catch one team, we catch them all. We’re going to go and be the Cinderella team. We’re going to have a memorable day tomorrow.”

The Kittson County Central boys shot a first-day total of 354, placing them 20 strokes behind first-place Dawson-Boyd. Anders Lindegard led the Kittson County Central boys with an 85.

East Grand Forks Senior High’s Kelsey Schlenk shot an 88, while Green Wave senior Brandon Loven shot an 89.