Traverse City West is just three shots out of first place after the opening day of the Division 1 boys golf state finals Friday.
The Titans shot 299 on The Meadows at Grand Valley State University, only three strokes behind first-round leader Battle Creek Lakeview. West is a shot ahead of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, which has won two of the past three Division 1 titles.
The final round is today, starting at 8 a.m.
"Just to be one of the few teams to be sub-300, I'm really ecstatic," second-year West coach Mike Schultz said. "It was a great day for us, and hopefully we'll follow it up (today). We laid the groundwork."
Cam Murray paced West with a 1-under-par 71, tied for third best in the field and two shots off the overall lead. BC Lakeview's Matt Gartland fired a 69 and Dearborn's Evan Bowser a 70.
"He had an off week last week," Schultz said. "They have been great about that as a team — they pick each other up."
The Titans' Andrew Hartman's 74 has him tied for 11th.
Gates Muller — who qualified individually last year — and Payden Myers each shot 77, and Brady Greenman carded an 80.
This is just West's third time at the state finals.
Gaylord's Alex Dombrowski is the current leader in the Division 2 state finals at Ferris State University's Katke Golf Course.
Dombrowski — who qualified as an individual — shot a 67 to lead DeWitt's Tyler Polulak by one stroke going into today's final round.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood leads the team portion with a 299, followed by DeWitt (311) and Big Rapids (313). Petoskey sits in 11th place at 324.
The Northmen were led by Hunter Pulaski (77), Caleb Dann (79), Cam Ludlow (84), Tyler Speigl (84) and Kam Friedli (90).
Two individual qualifiers were all the area representation at the Division 3 state finals at Michigan State University's Forest Akers East course.
Kingsley's Josh Lueck shot an 87 and Manistee's Alex Lindman carded an 89.
Four local teams played in the Division 4 state finals at Michigan State University's Forest Akers West course, with two of those sitting in the top five.
Lake Leelanau St. Mary's is second overall with a 318, two strokes behind Kalamazoo Hackett.
They were followed by Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (321), Saginaw Nouvel (321) and Suttons Bay (399) in fifth.
Frankfort is 12th with a 364 and Manistee Catholic Central 13th at 371.
St. Mary's has two golfers in the top 12 heading into today's final round — Joel Sneed tied for third with a 75, four shots off the overall lead of Hackett's Ted Rider (71), and Ian Duvall, whose 79 puts him in a tie for 11th.
The Eagles' other counters are Paul Bardenhagen (81), Joe Pendergast (83) and Nick Shaffran (87).
Suttons Bay was paced by Devin Capron (83), Eric Chapman (84), Sean Lammy (85), Brent Dudles (87) and Ryan Kratochvil (92).
Frankfort's leaders were Joe Nugent (84), Jordan O'Connel (85), T.J. Darling (93), Zach Terwilliger (102) and Adam Plumstead (120). Manistee Catholic was paced by Zach Bialik's 78, which puts him in ninth place, followed by Gabe Toczynski (88), Alex Bialik (100), Jeremy Bigalke (105) and Jamie Sierra (106).
The area was also represented by three individual qualifiers — Harbor Springs' Bennett Langton (86), Glen Lake's Mike O'Brien (87) and Harbor Light's Kirk Muller (93).