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Published June 11, 2013, 10:07 PM

Detroit Lakes sits in solid position at the golf tournament

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Detroit Lakes golf teams sit in solid position after the first day of the Minnesota state golf tournament; the boys have some work to do; while the girls look golden for a repeat.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Detroit Lakes golf teams sit in solid position after the first day of the Minnesota state golf tournament; the boys have some work to do; while the girls look golden for a repeat.

There's plenty of courses in Detroit Lakes, but the Laker golf teams might say Ridges at Sand Creek here in Jordan is there new favorite.

A pair of seniors led the way for the boys squad on day one, Karter Smith and Austin Rusness, each shot a 2-over-74 and are tied for 10th.

But as a team the Lakers sit 2nd, 5 strokes behind Staples-Motley. Meaning a 3rd consecutive state title won't come easy.

Bob Gorden- Detroit Lakes Boys Golf Coach: "We're not going to lose it on day 1 but you can put yourself in a bad position; but tomorrow is a day you can win it 5 strokes can be made up pretty fast by 6 individuals, we're not worried about that."

Karter Smith- Shot 74 Today, Tied For 10th: "Pressure is on them now we know we can go low they shot a good score today; and we have to go lower tomorrow last round out here and Austin too; something special hopefully we can make something out of it."

Look out for Fergus Falls junior Levi Soydara, he shot a 73 today and enters tomorrow's final round in 8th, 4 strokes off the lead.

The girls team title may be all but locked up, Detroit Lakes will sleep on a 16-stroke lead tonight after breaking a school record.

In fact, their first round total of 297 was one stroke off a state meet record.

Natalie Roth- Shot 70, Day 1 Leader: "It's a huge confidence boost for us all still have 18 holes left still have to keep it going and shoot another great score."

If Natalie Roth shoots another great score, it should give her medalist honors. This long birdie on 18 gave the Detroit Lakes Junior the only round under par at 2-under for the day.

But, not far behind is teammate and defending state champ Kate Smith,

who will start tomorrow 2-strokes behind her teammate after shooting

an even par.

Kate Smith- Shot 72 Today, 2nd Place: "It's a lot of things in golf that can be in your mind when you're out there you try to keep it as few things as possible."

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