The Class 1A Girls State Golf Meet is starting to look a lot like last year's tournament as the Hinton Blackhawks are in second place for the second time in a row.
However, instead of chasing after defending champion Bishop Garrigan, the Blackhawks find themselves 16 strokes back of Grundy Center. Hinton shot a team total of 376 on the first day at American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown while Grundy Center in first place with a team score of 360. Oddly enough, Hinton shot a 360 on the first day of the tournament last year before falling to Bishop Garrigan.
Amanda Butler of Lamoni, the defending state champion for Class 1A, leads the field with a 79 in the first round. Butler leads Jocilyn Onnen of Grundy Center by four strokes.
Hinton's Kaitlin Rodgers leads the Blackhawks in the tournament with a first day score of 87. The senior's score currently has her in third place as she is tied with Brittney Cole of Grundy Center.
Remsen-Union's individual representative Gina Mae Frericks is one stroke behind Rodgers in the medalist standings after the first day. Frericks is tied with Courtney Taylor of New London with an 88 for fourth place.
Erin Hedlund remains in the individual race as she carded a 91 on the first 18 holes to help the Blackhawks remain in the hunt for the team title. Britni Freed remains four strokes behind teammate Hedlund with a 95 on the first day. Stephanie Smith rounded out Hinton's team scoring with a round of 103 on the afternoon.
Senior Sam Thiele currently leads the non-counters with a 109 for the Blackhawks. Amanda Moody held down the last spot for Hinton with a 128 on the afternoon.
West Monona, which qualified out of the same regional as the Blackhawks, currently occupies fifth place with a team score of 401.
The Blackhawks will tee off Wednesdsay morning at 9 a.m. for round two of the tournament.