By Michael Beaven
COLUMBUS: Sophomores Ian Holt and Cassie Pantelas shot the best rounds of the 29 area golfers that participated Friday during the first day of the Division I boys and girls state golf tournament at The Ohio State University Golf Club.
Holt, of Stow, carded a 2-over-par 73 on the Scarlet Course in the 86th annual Boys Division I tournament. He is third in the boys standings.
Pantelas, of Jackson, posted a 5-over-par 75 on the Gray Course in the 19th annual Girls Division I tournament. She is fifth in the girls standings.
Upper Arlington freshman Justin Wick and Cleveland St. Ignatius senior Beau Titsworth are tied for the boys lead with 72s.
Geneva freshman Danielle Nicholson and West Chester Lakota West senior Ali Green are tied for the girls lead with 73s.
North Canton Hoover junior MacKenzie DiPietro is tied for sixth in the girls field with a 77.
The Jackson girls are second as a team with a total of 324 strokes. Dublin Jerome is the leader at 320. Cincinnati Ursuline Academy and Cincinnati Sycamore are tied for third at 327. Rocky River Magnificat (329) and Highland (333) are fifth and sixth.
Dublin Jerome leads the boys field with a total of 308 strokes. Upper Arlington (309), Centerville (317), St. Ignatius (318) and Stow (321) are second through fifth. Medina is seventh at 329 and Walsh Jesuit is 10th at 338.
Day two of the two-day tournament will start Saturday morning.
Titsworth was the boys state runnerup last year.
Highland junior Jessica Porvasnik, the girls state runnerup last year, is tied for 15th after carding an 81 Friday.