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Sims off to good start at state tournament

WL-Salem sophomore shoots 78 in opening round 

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West Liberty-Salem’s Nick Sims watches his tee shot on the 12th hole Friday at North Star Golf Club in Sunbury during the first round of the Division III state tournament. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

West Liberty-Salem sophomore Nick Sims held his own on the opening day of the Division III boys state golf tournament Friday at North Star Golf Club in Sunbury.

Sims carded a round of 78 in the first of two 18-hole rounds. The final round is today. The WL-Salem sophomore is currently tied for seventh in the individual standings. There are 72 golfers in the field.

Cameron Michalak of Grove City Christian and Andrew Bieber of Gates Mills Gilmour Academy each shot 73 to share the firstround lead. Bieber is the defending state champion.

There was one golfer at 75 and three with 77s. Sims was one of six golfers to shoot 78.

Sims began his day on the back nine and shot a 38. He followed with a 40 on the front nine.

“Nick had a very good opening nine holes,” said WL-Salem head coach Darrin Leichty. “When he made the turn he made some bad swings, but was able to minimize the damage. He finished the final three holes by going one under.

“Nick’s round was solid, but he knows that he left some shots out on the course. His scramble percentage will have to be better (today) if he hopes to push to the top of the leaderboard.”

His round included two birdies, nine pars, six bogeys and one double bogey.

Sims is slated to tee off in the final round at 9:40 a.m. this morning.

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