LIVERMORE - St. Edmond's Eddie Doyle had a strong opening round of the Class 2A state golf meet on Friday.
The Gael sophomore shot a 76 at Spring Valley Golf Course, and is only one stroke back from leader Mike Myers (75) of Emmetsburg.
"Eddie had a really good round," SEHS head coach Dan Streit said. "He hit the ball straight and well."
St. Edmond is in fifth place in the team standings after shooting a 337 for the opening round.
"Overall, 337 is one of the worst scores we have shot all year as a team," Streit said. "The kids aren't happy and really want to get (the second 18) in (today) and prove they are better than that.
"We know they have it in them, so hopefully they can come out and show it."
Waterloo Columbus (313) sits in first place, while PCM Monroe was in second place with a 316. South Hamilton (320) and Mount Vernon (325) followed.
"Up and down, (team) scores were about 12-to-15 strokes higher than most teams have been shooting," Streit said. "The course is in excellent condition, as it always is, the green are just fast and the wind (Friday) caused problems for everybody.
"Maybe this rain will slow the greens down."
Next best for the Gaels was sophomore Michael Faiferlick who shot an 84. Freshman Robert Flattery (88) and classmate Harrison Mayer (89) were the other Gael counters.
Senior David Flattery (90) and Cal Coleman (99) were the other Gaels who competed.
Second round action begins today at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.