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Simonich leads by 3 after first round of State Junior

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Moorhead's Ian Simonich led start to finish at the 2019 State Junior and is set for another run after a hot start Monday at Detroit Lakes Country Club. He heads into the final round with a three-stroke lead. Robert Williams / Tribune

Defending champ Ian Simonich of Moorhead got off to a hot start and led the entirety of the first round of the Minnesota Golf Association State Junior Boys Championship at Detroit Country Club Monday, July 27.

Simonich opened with birdies on the first two holes and polished off a 6-under par front nine score of 30 with an eagle on the par-5, fifth and birdies on the sixth and ninth holes.

Making the turn, Simonich birdied the par-4, 10th hole before finishing out with eight straight pars to finish atop the leaderboard at 7-under 64.

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Ian Simonich puts some body English on an eagle attempt on the first hole of the MGA State Junior Boys Championship at Detroit Country Club Monday, July 27. Robert Williams / Tribune

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Six players finished under par with Samuel Baker’s (Cloquet Country Club) six-birdie effort producing a second place score of 67 (-4).

Dayne Mann of Refuge Golf Club (68, -3) holds sole possession of third place a shot back. Elk River’s Brady Holland and Simonich’s younger brother Joey will start the final round in fourth place at 2-under par, five shots off the lead.

Andrew Ramox of TPC Twin Cities shot a 1-under 70 for sixth place.

Hunter Burnside leads all local golfers in a six-person logjam tie for 10th place at 1-over par 72.

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Hunter Burnside chips from the front edge of the 11th green during the opening round Monday morning. Robert Williams / Tribune

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Ian Simonich is an incoming senior at Moorhead high school and a North Dakota State University golf commit. He was the Section 8AAA champion and finished 16th at MSHSL state tournament last June before capturing the Minnesota State Junior Boys Championship in July. Simonich led that tournament from start to finish in claiming his first state win and is set for the same with another strong effort Tuesday.

In August of 2019, Simonich proved he was comfortable with his game at Detroit Country Club reaching the Pine to Palm quarterfinals defeating former Laker Isaac Cihak 5&3 to earn a match against eventual champion and NDSU senior Andrew Israelson.

The first round leaders tee off at 1 p.m., with the threesome of Simonich, Baker and Mann.

MGA State Junior Boys Championship - Round 1 of 2

1 Simonich, Ian Moorhead Country Club -7 64

2 Baker, Samuel Cloquet Country Club -4 67

3 Mann, Dayne Refuge Golf Club -3, 68

T4 Simonich, Joey Moorhead Country Club -2 69

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T4 Holland, Brady Elk River Golf Club -2 69

6 Ramos, Andrew TPC Twin Cities -1 70

T7 Berg, Kyle Southern Hills Golf Club E 71

T7 Sladek, Braeden Geneva Golf Club E 71

T7 Gish, Skyler Edinburgh USA E 71

T10 Orvick, Stellan Hiawatha Golf Club +1 72

Detroit Lakes and area golfers:

T10 Burnside, Hunter Detroit Country Club +1 72

52 Justesen, Lukas Detroit Country Club +6 77

T66 Schwan, Drew Detroit Country Club +8 79

T82 Tobkin, Nick Detroit Country Club +10 81

T93 Belka, Marcus Perham Lakeside Golf Club +12 82

T93 Green, Jake Detroit Country Club +12 83

T93 Justesen, Jack Hawley Golf & Country Club +12 82

T100 Schons, Logan Detroit Country Club +13 84

T100 Hines, Ben Detroit Country Club +13 84

T111 Justesen, Lawsen Detroit Country Club +15 86

T115 Syltie, Jack Detroit Country Club +16 87

120 Van Dusen, Tyler Bearpath Golf & Country Club +17 88

121 Suckert, Tommy Detroit Country Club +18 89

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Lukas Justesen tees off from the 10th tee box during the opening round of the State Junior Boys Championship in Detroit Lakes Monday. Robert Williams / Tribune

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Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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