Benton senior Colton Ryan is tied for second after the first round of the Division II state golf tournament at The Westlands in Lafayette.
Ryan and Zac Eisner of St. Louis both shot 3-under 69. Nicholas Arcement of E.D. White leads at 8-under 64.
Ryan had five birdies, two bogeys and 11 pars.
Benton junior Hayden White, who shared medalist honors last year, is tied for 12th at 75. White shot 4 over on the front nine and 1 under on the back.
Arcement birdied eight holes, including the first four on the back nine.
Lake Charles St. Louis and Teurlings Catholic were tied for the lead in the race for the team title at 7-over 295.
Five-time defending champion Benton is at 311. Phil Tran shot an 82, Alex Acurio 85 and Madden Davis 91.
The 36-hole event concludes Tuesday.
Airline’s Carter Jurkovich shot 6-over 78 in the first round of the Division I state tournament at Farm d’Allie in Carencro. He was tied for 24th, 10 strokes behind leader Gage Primeaux of Barbe.
New Orleans Jesuit led with a 6-over 294, four strokes ahead of Baton Rouge Catholic. Three-time defending champion Byrd was at 301.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com