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N.D. state Class A boys golf meet: Riders' Johnson at the front of the pack

HANKINSON, N.D. -- The conditions weren't the best. The wind was blowing at nearly 35 mph at times during the opening day of the North Dakota state Class A boys golf tournament at aptly named Dakota Winds Golf Course.

HANKINSON, N.D. -- The conditions weren't the best. The wind was blowing at nearly 35 mph at times during the opening day of the North Dakota state Class A boys golf tournament at aptly named Dakota Winds Golf Course.

But the conditions didn't bother Grand Forks Red River's Dan Johnson.

The senior fired a 78 on Tuesday during the first day of the state meet. His 78 was good enough for a first-place tie with three other golfers.

Johnson was the only Red River golfer in the state meet.

Grand Forks Central, meanwhile, finished the opening day with a score of 346, which is tied for seventh in the 12-team meet. Fargo South took the lead after the first round with a 322, six strokes better than Wahpeton.

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The meet concludes today.

Johnson's first round was marked by consistency.

"Dan hit the ball solid all day," Red River coach Merle Mikkelsen said. "His driver was on target. He missed only a couple of fairways. And his irons were good, too."

Johnson's day could have been better.

"He missed about three four-footers but that happens with a lot of kids," Mikkelsen said.

The Red River coach said Monday's practice round helped Johnson.

"He took a lot of notes and he was checking them during the day," Mikkelsen said.

If Johnson remains consistent today, there is a good chance the Red River senior could win the individual title, Mikkelsen said.

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"The scores overall were high," Mikkelsen said. "I would guess the wind was between 30 and 35 mph. And it was a long course, probably as long as any one we've played. But Dan played very well.

"It would be a great way for Dan to end his career."

Central, meanwhile, had an up-and-down day.

The Knights were led by Justin Moody's 82, which tied him for ninth individually. Teammate Justin Kalanquin fired an 85.

"For us, it was just consistency," Central coach Sue Ann Tannahill said. "We had four or five holes as a team that ate us up. We have to manage our game better (today). If we can be more consistent, we're definitely capable of being in the top five."

Moody and Kalanquin are Central's top two golfers. Both are looking for lower scores today, Tannahill said.

"They're definitely not content with where they are at," the Central coach said.

Tannahill said her entire team will be seeking consistency in the final round.

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"We need to play a little smarter on a few holes," she said. "Hopefully our nerves have settled down now. On the back nine we played a little better. We just need to trust our swings and have a little fun."

South is looking for its fifth straight title and ninth in the last 10 years.

The Bruins were led by Lukas Davison, who fired a 78. Kyle Jandro finished with a 79 while Tanner Jones and Coy Papachek were at 82 and 83, respectively.

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