ABERDEEN — The West Central Trojans have a 15-shot lead over Sisseton after Monday’s opening round of the South Dakota State Class A Girls’ Golf Tournament at Lee Park Golf Course in Aberdeen.

West Central carded a 351, while the rest of the top-five includes Sisseton (366), Parkston (371), Madison (373) and Hot Springs (374).

Belle Fourche’s Payson Birkeland and Sisseton’s Kelsey Heath, a Mount Marty College golf recruit, sit atop the individual leaderboard with a first-round score of 77, which is one shot ahead of West Central’s Lauryn Driscoll. The rest of the top-five features Sioux Falls Christian’s Lauren Tims (79) and Madison’s Mya Maxwell (81).

In area action, Vermillion’s Alex Carr sits in seventh place (85), while Beresford’s Maiya Muller and Wagner’s Caitlyn Stimpson are tied for 10th (87). Parkston’s Hannah Jackson is in a tie for 15th at 88, with teammates Ellie Wiedenbach tied for 17th (90) and Tylee Neugebauer tied for 21st (92).

Wagner’s Emilea Cimpl (94) and Elk Point-Jefferson’s Sydney Bousquet (95) sit just outside the top 25 after the first round. Also in the first round, Elk Point-Jefferson’s Aubrie Franken and shot Dakota Valley’s Ryley Meyer each shot 98, Parkston’s Dani Norden carded a 101, Vermillion’s Megan Brady and EPJ’s Emily Henze each shot 105, Vermillion’s Kensie Mulheron shot 106, EPJ’s Sophia Johnson and Vermillion’s Stephanie Carr each shot 114, Vermillion’s Mackenzie Brady shot 117 and EPJ’s Bailey Berghult shot 145.

Vermillion is 11th with a first-round 410. Elk Point-Jefferson ranks 12th at 412.

The tournament concludes today (Tuesday).

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