AMES -- Hannah Bermel shot a 3-over 74 to pace Cedar Falls as the defending 5A girls' state champions took a huge lead after the first day of the girls' state golf championships Tuesday at the Coldwater Links Golf Course.
Bermel stands in third, three strokes behind defending individual medalist Tenley Moretti of Ankeny Centennial.
Bermel after going out in 39, closed with an even par 35 on the back nine, including back-to-back birdies on No. 14 and No. 15. Bermel started her round on the second hole. The only struggles the senior had Tuesday came on the four par-three holes, all of which she registered bogies.
Cedar Falls leads by 17 strokes over Waukee ( 318-335) as the Tigers look to win their third title since 2011.
Mackenzie Roberts carded a 76 to sit just out of the top five individually for Cedar Falls.
At Jester Park in Granger in Class 2A, Sumner-Fredericksburg is tied for second with Alta-Aurelia after posting a score of 372. The Cougars stand 22 strokes behind first-round leader Treynor.
Sydney Rhea lead Sumner-Fredericksburg with a 87, which places her eighth, currently. South Winneshiek's Skyler Luzum is tied for third after carding an 83. She is six-strokes behind first-round leader Annika Patton of Alta-Aurelia.
In Class 3A at Lake Panorama National, New Hampton is in second place, just six strokes behind leader Atlantic. Allison Nuss lead the Chickasaws with a 84 and is in sixth place. Both Morgan Nuss and Valerie Rinken shot 85s, and are tied for eighth.
Dike-New Hartford's Morgan Weber is tied for fourth place in 2A after posting a score of 83. Emily Snelling of Clear Lake and Brooke Newell of Atlantic each fired rounds of 70 and are tied for the overall individual lead.
In Class 1A at American Legion in Marshalltown, Clarksville is in fifth place. Madison Stirling was the Indians top scorer with a 94.