SPOKANE -- It's one thing to not play your best game of golf.
But when you do that, and in you're still in the hunt for the state championship that's another thing.
That was the case for both Daniel Cruzen and Nick Mandell of Southridge at the WIAA Class 3A boys state tournament Tuesday at Indian Canyon in Spokane.
Cruzen fired a 1-over-par 73, good enough to be tied for fifth, while Mandell is one stroke back at 74.
Chris Babcock of Shorewood and David Fonua of O'Dea are tied for first at 69.
"Nick and Daniel could have shot 65 today," said Southridge boys coach Scott Stiles. "Nick should have been 5-under after six holes today if he could have gotten a putt to go. Daniel is confident enough to go deep."
Cruzen also had problems on the greens.
"The greens were bumpy," Cruzen said. "I hit my driver really well, which pretty much saved my round. This place is like a tree-lined course.
"(Today) I just want to shoot around even par and put myself in good position. I've got an edge on reading the greens now."
Mandell will also need to make some putts today if he is to challenge for the title.
"Yeah, today was a frustrating day with the putter to say the least," Mandell said. "I didnt have a one-putt all day. If I can start putting it all together tomorrow it could be a scary round. I had a lot of chances today but didn't take advantage."
Pasco's Samson Martinez also made the cut, finishing with a 76 to be tied at 13th.
Hanford's Tanner Martin (77) and Alec White (78), and Southridge's Nick Atkin (79) also made the cut.
Hanford's five golfers all made the cut at Esmeralda in Spokane, finishing in the top 40.
"It's quite an accomplishment to get everyone through the first round," said Hanford coach Mike Neidhold. "You always think you'll get there, but golf is such a fickle sport, you're just never sure on a course you're not used to playing."
Leading the way was Kelsey Aiello, who fired a 74, is tied for fourth and is just one stroke off the leaders -- Decatur's Amanda Beyke, Peninsula's Rachel Lewis, and Sammie Pless of Hole Names Academy.
Hanford's Taylor Kain-Godoy is one stroke behind Aiello at 75.
"They both played real well," Neidhold said. "They drove it well today. They made their putts. Taylor was spot on with her wedges today. And freshman Kacy Skwarek shot an 81."
For Aiello, she counted 33 putts for the day.
"The greens were actually slower than I'm used to playing," Aiello said. "But I was just hitting the ball really well, and getting on the greens in regulation."
Kain-Godoy also felt good about her round.
"My drives were working well," she said. "Actually everything was working well today."
Teammate Katie Stephens had a 79, and Bri Hadler had an 87. Pasco's Neydeen Martinez also advanced with an 85.
Southridge's Catherine Warner will also play today after firing an 88.
It was a tough day for the Richland boys, who had just one player -- Jeffrey Marcum -- make the cut at Hangman Valley in Spokane.
The cutoff was at 82, and the Bombers' Cole Lorenzo and Hunter Thompson each had 83.
"Our guys just didn't play well today," said Richland coach John Richardson. "It was a tough track. I heard some of the coaches saying the course was a beast today. The pins were in tough placements and the greens were lightning fast."
Marcum, however, finished the day tied for fourth at 76, and he was just two strokes out of the lead.
Kyle Cornett of Jackson of Everett leads with a 74.
"Jeffrey hits the ball just down the middle and keeps it out of trouble," Richardson said. "He was putting real well."
Still, Marcum admitted he could have played better.
"I had a couple of bad holes," he said. "I doubled on 8. But I only missed one fairway today."
Marcum said the course was playing really long.
"There were two par-5s over 600 yards and one of them was 620 yards into the wind," said Marcum. "That's the one I doubled."
He plans to attack the course today.
"I'll play very aggressive," he said. "No one is gonna hand (the win) to me."
Richland's girls got three into the final round at MeadowWood in Spokane, as Hope Neidhold and Kelci Robertson each had 81 to tie for 16th place.
Kristin Strankman struggled a bit, but made the cut with an 84, good enough to be tied at 25th.
Walla Walla's Jessica Huntsman shot an 85 and is tied at 31st.
Three players are tied for the lead at 72 -- Alivia Brown of Bellarmine Prep, Sydney Kersten of Lewis & Clark, and Katie Lee of Central Kitsap.
Lewis & Clark and Bellarmine Prep each have three golfers in the top 10.
Joe Barnes of Port Angeles fired at 75 to take the first-day lead at The Classic Golf Club in Spanaway.
Othello's Trevor Salsbury advanced to the second round after firing an 86.
Interlake's Alean Groenhout leads after Day 1 with a 75 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
Othello's Katelyn Andrews (97) and Delaney Towle (98) made the cut.
Cle Elum-Roslyn's Rylee Iacolucci fired a 2-over-par 74 to take a 1-stroke lead over Ilwaco's Ross Kukula at The Home Course in Dupont.
Elma's Alexis Keating and Goldendale's Bree Wanderscheid share the lead with 74s after the first round at The Home Course in Dupont.
Defending state champion Ryan Baumgart holds a six-stroke lead after firing a 73 at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club in Lakewood.
Liberty Christian's Jared Hoey is in second place with a 79.
Also making the cut are DeSales' Bryce Scott (85), Tri-Cities Prep's Evan Whitsett (85), DeSales' Jerod Konen (88), Warden's Trent Bates (90), Liberty Christian's Isaiah Ojeda (91), Waitsburg's Dakota Baker (92), Tri-Cities Prep's Cole Scott 993), Warden's Caleb Caballero (94) and Warden's Conner Haynes (95).
Kira Powell of Odessa-Harrington holds a one-stroke lead with an 85 after the first day at Oakbrook Golf and Ciountry Club in Lakewood.
DeSales' Emily Baumgart is second at 86.
Also making the cut is Tri-Cities Prep's Alexis Armijo (101), Warden's taylor Edson (101), Kristin Lamping of Lind-Ritzville-Sprague (111), Liberty Christian's Michelle Troup (112) and DeSales' Ashton Montgomery (113).