SE boys 9th, Dull, Montgomery in contention after Day 1

COLUMBUS — Seneca East’s boys had a bit of a rocky start in the Division III state tournament, but two area players are in contention for titles.

The Tigers — making their first state appearance — ended the first day of their tournament tied for ninth, shooting a a 356 at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course.

Hiland is leading the team standings with a 317.

Seneca East’s Jake Forehand led the Tigers with a six-over par 78, tied with two others for 11th.

Forehand is five strokes off the lead. Brookfield’s Justin Atkinson is at the top of the leaderboard after shooting a 1-over 71. Crooksville’s Owen Carney sits second, one shot off Atkinson.

Meanwhile, for Seneca East, Andy Bauman shot an 89, tying him for 42nd. The Tigers’ Andrew Kalb sits a shot behind Bauman, while Turner Bridgford put up a 99. The Tigers’ Jon Margraf shot a 105.

At the Division II boys tournament at the NorthStar Club in Sunbury, Brett Montgomery is in the mix for a title.

The Upper Sandusky senior — who is playing at state for the third-consecutive season — shot a two-over 72 to tie him for fourth. Montgomery is chasing Greeneview’s Mason Witt and Claymont’s Cameron Henry, who share the lead after Round 1 70s.

At the Division II girls tournament,Lakota’s Kyleigh Dull is in a similar position to Montgomery. Playing the Gray Course at Ohio State, last year’s co-champion shot an even par 70. Dull is trailing the leader — Clinton Massie’s Gabby Woods — by three strokes. Woods shot a three-under 67. She holds a one shot edge over Laurel’s Jami Morris, and a two shot advantage over Fairland’s Hanna Shrout.

It was Morris who shared the championship with Dull a year ago.

Round 2 for each Division begins at 8 a.m. this morning.