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Defending champ Garber leads 3A boys | Golf

Frank Garber of Juanita leads the Class 3A boys golf state tournament after 18 holes, but eight others are within four strokes of the defending champ.

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RIDGEFIELD — Frank Garber of Kirkland's Juanita High School is right where he was last year after the opening round of the Class 3A state boys golf tournament — 2-under par 70.

But eight others are within four strokes of the defending champion, who had a one-stroke lead over Glacier Peak's Ben Richards Tuesday at Tri-Mountain Golf Course.

Patrick Sato of Interlake and freshman Sam Warkentin of Bainbridge are among those chasing Garber at even-par 72.

The 36-hole event concludes Wednesday.

Garber was fortunate to tee off early. Those with later tee times played in rain from start to finish.

"It was really tough conditions on the back nine, when it got rainy and windy," Garber said. "I played smart. I played safe. This course is definitely difficult."

Notes

• Eastlake's Li Wang, last year's runner-up, and Lynnwood's Rudy Caparas are in a five-way tie for the 4A boys lead at 2-under 70 at Camas Meadows GC. Defending champ Kyle Cornett of Jackson is tied for seventh at 73.

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