The opening round of the Illinois golf championships are in the books and one area team shares the top of the leaderboard.
The Althoff boys shot a 321 at the Class 2A tournament at Weibring Golf Club in Normal on Friday to take a share of the lead with hometown favorite University into Saturday's final round. Althoff, the defending Class 2A champion, has been led by junior Michael Johnson with a four-over-par 75, which is good for a fifth-place tie individually.
Waterloo is also in the Class 2A team hunt after Day 1. The Bulldogs are two strokes off the pace, tied for third with Washington. Senior Charles Hawn led the way for Waterloo with an opening-round 75 to tie Johnson.
An area golfer is also near the top of the Class 2A individual leaderboard, as Triad senior Blaine Buente carded a two-over 73 and will enter the final round just one shot behind University's Adam Baracani.
In Class 1A boys at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington, Alton Marquette is sitting in fourth place with a 327, which is 14 strokes behind leader North Shore Country Day and Nashville is tied with Bismarck-Henning for sixth place with a 334. Alton Marquette senior Sam Becker had the best area individual round Friday with a four-over 76 to put him in a tie for 12th.
In the Class 3A boys meet at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington, Edwardsville shot a 318 to sit in eighth place. Individually, the best area score came from Tigers senior John Schmidtke, who fired a six-over 78 to tie for 25th.
On the girls side, Nashville is in the highest place after Day 1 with a fourth-place score of 350 at the Class A tournament at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur. Hornets junior Shawn Rennegarbe, who was a Post-Dispatch All-Metro first-team golfer last season, had the top individual performance in Class A with a five-over 77 that places her in a tie for third, four strokes behind the leader.
And at the Class AA girls meet at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, Edwardsville is in seventh place with a 347. Tigers junior Emilee Flaugher is in the top 10 after Day 1 with a four-over 76 to put her in a tie for ninth. Belleville East senior Miranda Lidisky is one shot behind Flaugher with a 77.