PALM HARBOR — Brutal wind gusts and bone-chilling temperatures kept scores higher than normal for Pinellas golfers at the state golf championships in Polk County.
Not so for the Northside Christian girls, who braved the horrid conditions at the Club at Eaglebrooke to remain in contention for the Class A title.
Northside, led by A.J. Newell's 1-under 71, shot a cumulative 306, placing the Mustangs third after Day 1.
The Mustangs are six shots behind first-place American Heritage (300) and four behind St. Andrew's (302).
"I always say you can't win the state tournament on the first day but you can certainly lose it," Northside coach D.J. Jackson said. "We've got to play very well (today), but we're in a position to win a state title."
The Mustangs' Danielle Grace shot 77, which Jackson says is the best round the sophomore has ever had. Michelle Butler was 2 over after posting 74.
Indian Rocks Christian's Ryan Ashburn was tied for 33rd overall after coming in 10 over.
At the Golf Club at Bridgewater, St. Petersburg Catholic (329), tied for 11th in the Class A boys championship after Day 1, finished a stroke ahead of Calvary Christian. Jimmy Weck shot 80 and Derek Hernandez 81 to lead the Barons.
Calvary, at 330, is in 13th place. Lee McCoy had the Warriors' best round with 8-over 80.
Shorecrest eighth-grader Jack Maguire shot 79 and was tied for 24th place.
At Providence Golf and CC, site of the Class 2A boys tournament, Dunedin fell 26 strokes behind leader Nease (304) after the first round. Travis Huston's 79 was the low score for the Falcons (330). Andrew Norris added 82 and Westin Jensen 84.
Dunedin was tied for eighth overall and three strokes ahead of East Lake (330), tied for 11th. The Eagles' Terry O'Reilly had the best day among local 2A competitors after posting 4-over 76. O'Reilly was tied for eighth overall. Linzy Clark (7-over 79) also broke 80 for the Eagles.
Palm Harbor University's Matt Cote shot 10-over 82 to put him in a tie for 46th.