Birdies on the last three holes of the first day of the state golf tournament has HunterPaugh in the lead.
The Fort Collins High School senior shot a four-under 67 at Fort Collins Country Club on Monday in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament.
He has a four-stroke lead on second place, a group of four golfers, including teammate AJOtt. Ott was three-over on the front nine, but shot three-under on the final nine holes to move into the tie for second at even par.
It’s the second year in a row Paugh is leading after the first day. He finished third last year.
Fossil Ridge, the only local unit to qualify as a team, is third. The SaberCats are two strokes behind Lakewood and Regis Jesuit.
Fossil Ridge’s top individual after the first day is sophomore JoshCaridi is tied for sixth at one over par. Freshman DillonStewart is tied for ninth at plus-three. Senior NoahBrownell is tied for 20th at plus-four and senior MattAtkins is tied for 29th at plus-six.
Rocky Mountain’s lone state qualifier, CamNagel, is tied for 50th at plus-nine. BobbyEckles is Poudre’s lone qualifier and the senior is tied for 71st at plus-14.
Tee times for Tuesday’s final round have not been set. Check back to Coloradoan.com/sports for updated tee times later Monday night.
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