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At the end of the first day at the Class 5A State Tournament Monday, the Duncan boys golf team found themselves in the middle of the pack but contending for a top five finish.
Playing 36 holes, the Demons completed day one in sixth place out of 12 teams with a score of 650.
“We shot better than our average score today and that’s all you can really ask for,” Demons coach Ed Cox said. “If we can improve our short game tomorrow, we’re capable of shooting a 315 or even better for the round.”
Bishop Kelly dominated the competition in the tournament’s first day, shooting a 608 and holding a 22 stroke lead for first place.
Leading the way for the Demons was Tyler Albin, who shot a 78 and 80 to move into 16th place overall.
Behind Albin were Blake Graham and Thomas Gallion, who tied with a total score of 165. Graham and Gallion even shot the same score each round, with an 83 and 82.
“As a team there was not a lot happening for us in the short game,” Cox said. “There’s always a way to do better with chipping and putting and I think we can do that.”
Logan Harris finished three strokes behind Albin and Graham with a 168 and Christian Dructor rounded out the scoring with a 173.
While first place may be out of reach, Duncan still could improve its ranking, as fifth place Shawnee is 11 strokes ahead with a team score of 639.
The Demons will try to move up in the standings during the tournament’s final round of 18 holes today.