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Craft 20th after first round of state MGA meet

Katelyn Craft paced the Bemidji contingent during Monday's opening round of the MGA Junior state meet.

The tournament is being held at the par-72 Braemar Golf Course in Edina.

Craft was tied for 20th after the first day with rounds of 47-44-91. Shelby Sauer was tied for 22nd at 49-43-92 while Meg Phelps was in 25th at 50-43-93 and Hailey Hinners in 42nd place at 51-54-105.

Cassie Deeg of the University of Minnesota course was the first-day leader as she shot 39-36-75. Teammate Mary Sweeney was second at 38-40-78 and Kaylee Benson of Jackson Golf Course was third at 44-37-81.

In the boys division Miles Death of Baker National was the leader as he shot 34-34-68 on the par-71 men's course. Sam Matthew of Hillcrest was second at 37-32-69 and Max Tylke of Valleywood was third at 34-37-71.

Tied for fourth heading into today's second round with 72s were Andrew Oakes of Lester Park and Cordie Walker of Rochester.

Matthew is a recent participant in the Birchmont where he lost to eventual champion Eric Lilleboe in Saturday's semifinals.