Manhattan Christian sitting strong after 1st round of State C golf

SEELEY — The Class C state golf tournament began at Double Arrow Golf Course in Seeley on Tuesday morning.

Both the top girls and boys groups teed off at 10 a.m.

In the girls group, it was a widely separated field by the end of the day with two golfers, Landri Paladichuk of Ennis and defending champion Jillian Frye of Manhattan Christian, on top. Paladichuk finished with an 88 and Frye with a 90. While Paladichuk finished with a two-stroke lead, it was Frye who had the two-stroke lead at the turn.

Both golfers found the bottom of the cup different ways. Frye wasn’t as accurate on fairways but was great chipping around the greens and putting. Paladichuk found the fairways with ease but struggled with putting on most holes.

Both golfers will tee off Wednesday morning with the individual state title on the line.

Manhattan Christian’s girls lead the team race by 14 shots over second-place Chinook after totaling 308 strokes on Tuesday.

State C girls Day 1 results

In the boys group, it was a wide-open field, as the average scores entering the tournament saw very little separation.

Almost every golfer played true to that narrative, except defending champ Caidin Hill of Manhattan Christian, as he ran away from the field on Tuesday. Hill shot a 36 on the front nine followed by a 38 on the back to round out a 2-over-par 74. Hill now leads the field by nine strokes headed into Wednesday with a chance to become the back-to-back state champion.

Manhattan Christian leads the team race by 14 strokes over Gardiner and Westby-Grenora entering Day 2 after totaling 253 strokes as a team on Tuesday. Park City and Great Falls Central are tied for fourth one shot behind Gardiner and Westby-Grenora.

Hill will play in the final group on Wednesday and will tee off at about 12:50 p.m.

State C boys Day 1 results

Jack Ginsburg

Jack Ginsburg

Jack was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California. After skiing in Montana for a number of years he found his way to the University of Montana and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2017. Jack's passion for sports stems from playing a number of them and attending multiple sporting events in the Bay Area from the San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors to the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers. He joined KAJ/KPAX-TV in January 2017 as a news reporter before moving to the weekend sports anchor. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, cooking, skiing and hiking with his bulldog Zeke. If you would like to submit a story or complain about the Golden State Warriors to Jack you can email him at jginsburg@kpax.com or find him on twitter @jackginsburg13 (https://twitter.com/jackginsburg13)
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