Varsity Extra

State golf tournament: 5 Treasure Valley golfers, 3 teams climb atop the leaderboard

Eagle’s Elle McCord won the 5A District Three title last week, above. She sits one shot off the leader after the first round of the 5A state tournament in Pocatello.
Eagle’s Elle McCord won the 5A District Three title last week, above. She sits one shot off the leader after the first round of the 5A state tournament in Pocatello.

The Idaho high school golf state tournaments teed off Monday in Pocatello and Twin Falls, and several Treasure Valley athletes and teams have placed themselves in position to win a state title on the second day of the two-day tournament Tuesday.

Here’s a quick recap of how Treasure Valley schools and individuals fared.

5A GIRLS: A year after finishing second, Boise’s Emily Cadwell finds herself back in contention as she ended the first round tied for first place with Eagle’s Brooke Patterson. Both shot a 1-over 75 at Pocatello’s Highland Golf Course.

Eagle’s Elle McCord looms just one stroke behind the leaders, helping the Mustangs with a repeat bid for the team title. Eagle jumped out to a 14-stroke lead at 323. Rocky Mountain sits in second place at 337, and Boise is in third at 343.

5A BOYS: Three-time defending state champ Rocky Mountain appears headed for another title after shooting 5-over 293 as a team to open the tournament, 17 strokes ahead of second-place Eagle.

Boise’s Joe Gustavel jumped out to the individual lead with a 3-under 69. But he has plenty of local company atop the leaderboard with Rocky Mountain’s Jake Slocum (70) and Taylor Mortensen (71), and Eagle’s Davis Sahr (73) and Tanner Helms (74), nipping at his heels.

4A GIRLS: Twin Falls’ Brinlee Stotts leads the field with a 4-over 76 at Twin Falls Golf Club. The top Treasure Valley performers, Ridgevue’s Emily Elliot and Vallivue’s Sidney Johnson, are 10 strokes behind in ninth place.

Stotts’ round boosted defending state champ Twin Falls to a 20-shot lead in the team race at 337. Middleton trails by 29 strokes in third place, followed by Ridgevue in fourth place.

4A BOYS: Bishop Kelly’s Alec Dykas jumped out to a first-round lead with a 4-under 68. But he’ll need to fend off Hillcrest’s Davis Weatherston and Garrett Kelly, who both carded 69s.

Minico holds a narrow lead in the team race at 298, one shot ahead of Ridgevue and 12 ahead of Bishop Kelly.

3A GIRLS: Buhl’s Kylie Crossland sprinted out to a seven-stroke lead over the field at Canyon Springs Golf Course by carding a 1-over 73. Homedale’s Tea Uranga (fifth place, 88) and Weiser’s Sara Lundberg (sixth place, 89) are the Treasure Valley’s top first-round golfers.

Buhl also leads the team race at 348, 42 strokes ahead of Weiser in second place.

3A BOYS: Fruitland is running away with the team title and has a couple golfers in contention for the individual medalist.

The Grizzlies shot 299 as a team, 48 shots ahead of Kimberly in second place. Teammates Lucas Rynearson (3-under 69) and Jonas Bicknese (2-under 70) sit atop the leaderboard, and Boise State commit Jake O’Neil is in fifth place at 78.

2A GIRLS: Two-time defending state champ Cole Valley Christian heads into the second round one stroke behind Grace after shooting 376.

Challis’ Kelli Ann Strand owns a three-shot cushion in the individual race with a 2-under 73. Nampa Christian’s Briana Shervik trails by eight shots in third place, followed by Cole Valley’s Christian Grace Singraseuth nine shots back.

2A BOYS: Two-time defending state champ Cole Valley Christian has its work cut out for it as it shot 321 on Day 1, 10 strokes behind Grace.

Challis’ Lane Strand leads the individual race at 5-under 67 with Cole Valley’s Parker Wallace four shots back in second place.