Nick McMullen

Galion's Nick McMullen follows the flight of his approach shot at the par 5 16th hole during the opening round of the Division II state tournament Friday at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury. McMullen shot an 86 and is tied for 39th.

COLUMBUS — Nicole Jones is in contention for a state crown.

A Shelby senior, Jones shot a 3-over 73 and is tied for second after the opening round of the girls Division II state tournament at Ohio State’s Gray Course.

The final round of the two-day, 36-hole event is Saturday.

Jones was 1-under at the turn with birdies on Nos. 4, 6 and 7. She ran into trouble on the back, bogeying the par 3 11th and taking a double bogey on the par 5 12th. She settled down after that, parring five of her final six holes.

Gates Mills Hawken’s Ella Wong is the clubhouse leader after shooting an opening-round 71. Jones and Marlington’s Marian Warner are two strokes back.

Marlington led in the team standings with a 317, one stroke ahead of Lima Central Catholic.

The Colonel Crawford girls were in 12th place after the opening round. The Eagles shot a 390.

Katie Reynolds led Crawford with a 91, followed by Lucy Myers (93). Chelsea Daubenspeck had a 101 and Sophie Beck shot a 105. Katie Hanft carded a 111.

Galion in 11th

The Galion boys were in 11th place after the opening day of the Division II state tournament at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury.

The Tigers, who are making their fifth consecutive appearance at the state tournament, shot a 363. Kettering Alter led after the first round with a team total of 294.

Nick McMullen led Galion with an 86, followed by younger brother Nate McMullen (89). Logan Keller had a 91, while Mx Longwell shot a 97 and Nate Barre carded a 102.

At the Division III boys tournament at OSU’s Scarlet Course, Mapleton’s Brock Durbin was tied for 64th after shooting a 94.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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