New Prague sophomore McKenzie Neisen has a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Class 3A girls' state high school golf tournament in Coon Rapids.
Overcoming a three-putt bogey on the first hole, Neisen shot a 4-under-par 69 Tuesday at Bunker Hills. She is three shots ahead of defending co-champion Ceilia Kuenster of Cretin-Derham Hall. Kuenster was the only other golfer to score under par.
Stillwater's Cassie Deeg, who shared last year's individual crown with Kuenster, is in third after a 2-over 75.
Neisen's play helped New Prague take the team lead at 333, four better than Red Wing and seven clear of defending team champion Wayzata.
Boys' Class 3A players are on the course Tuesday afternoon.
In Class 2A, Detroit Lakes, led by 8th-grader Kate Smith's tournament-leading 70, has a 27-stroke margin in the team competition at Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan.
During the morning round, Kaylee Benson of Jackson County Central scored a hole-in-one. She shot an 80 for the round, tied for eighth place.
The Class 1A championship is being played at Pebble Creek in Becker. Lewiston-Altura leads by 13 strokes after the first round in the team competition.
The final round in all three classes tees off Wednesday morning.