The host Izard County Cougars and the Buffalo Island Central Mustangs played to a tie for first place after the first round of the Cougar Classic high school golf tournament on Tuesday at the Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend.
The two teams each shot 253 with their top three scoring golfers, while Pocahontas was in a close third at 258, going into Wednesday’s final round.
Concord was in fourth at 269, Conway Christian was fifth at 279, Hillcrest was sixth at 299, Salem was seventh at 310, Bay was eighth at 316, and Cedar Ridge was ninth at 342.
Highland, Lead Hill, Corning and Mammoth Spring also brought golfers, but did not have enough for a team score.
The Highland Lady Rebels were in first place with a 318 team score, ahead of Pocahontas with 335, Salem with 341, and Lead Hill with 346.
Highland’s Bailey Circle fired a 95 in the first round to take a slim lead over Izard County’s Mikayla Kish, the defending Class 1A individual champion, who shot a 97.
Elizabeth Erwin of Pocahontas also shot a 97, while Highland’s Sidney Bailey shot a 99 for fourth and Emma Hoggard of Pocahontas rounded out the top five with a 102.
Kelis Huebner led Lead Hill with a 105, and Katie Costner led Salem with a 106.
Preston Massey of Pocahontas was the boys’ leader after one round, carding a 79. Miles Gifford of Buffalo Island Central shot 80, while Izard County’s Tyler Pemberton was in third at 83.
Also for the Cougars, Zach Williams shot an 84, Matthew Workman added an 86, and Preston Grant shot a 106.
Ethan Nuessner paced Lead Hill with a 93, and Garrett Romine led…
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