Nicolas Simon of Elk Grove Village can one day say he matched a former PGA Tour player.

Simon shot a 5-under-par 67 at Normal's Ironwood Golf Course on Tuesday during the 17th annual State Farm Youth Classic's first round. That tied the boys 12-13 division record set by Luke Guthrie of Quincy, who later starred at the University of Illinois before playing on the PGA Tour, in 2003.

Quinn Thomas of Hannibal, Mo., shot 68 and trails Simon by a stroke heading into Wednesday's final round. Cy Norman of Benton is third after a 70.

Dani Grace Schrock of Pontiac and Camille Kuznik of Orono, Minn., are tied for the girls 14-15 lead after shooting 75s. Jadyn Spinks of Bloomington is another stroke behind, followed by Allison Pacocha of Eureka (78).

Lexi Schulman of Vernon Hills fired 71 to build a 14-stroke advantage in the girls 12-13 division. Reagan Kennedy of Bloomington and Catherine Cronin of Chesterfield, Mo., are tied for second.

At Highland Park: Owen Bolles of Bloomington shot a 6-over-par 76 to open a two-stroke advantage over Austin Hofferkamp of The Woodlands, Texas, in the boys 10-11 division.

Sophie Gold of Quincy is the girls 10-11 leader after firing 83.

The Links at Ireland Grove: Cameron Sacramento of Crown Point, Ind., shot 38 in the boys 3-5 division to tie the single-day record set by Bear Johnson in 2016.

Rocco Fimmen of Quincy is second with a 40, while Haylee Hassler of Plainfield leads the girls 3-5 with a 67.

Johnson of New Lenox shot 37 and leads the boys 6-7 by two shots over Brayden Bain of Bloomington. Sarah Scott of Lemont fired 41 and leads the girls 6-7 with Hadley Hitt of Downs in second (51).

Schalk Van Ettinger of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Ty Novosel of Quincy share the boys 8-9 lead with 35s. Tied for third at 36 are Brycen Umstattd of Normal and Brody Allen of Bloomington.

Audrey Hitt of Downs is the girls 8-9 leader after shooting 42. That puts her a stroke in front of Ally Suhre of Edwardsville.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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