It was a difficult day for area players competing at the Florida High School Athletic Association's state golf tournament.
Tuesday's first round of the Class 1A state tournament for the Saint Stephen's girls team and Out-of-Door Academy junior Wendy Tan at Mission Inn's El Campeon course in Howey-in-the-Hills produced high scores.
The same happened at Deer Island Golf and Lake Club in Tavares in the 3A tourney for Manatee sisters Gianna and Gabrielle Tomeo.
Gabrielle Tomeo, a freshman, is tied for 12th after a 78. Gianna, a senior, is tied for 29th after an 81 in her fourth and final state tournament appearance.
They are both chasing Tampa Freedom's Terese Romeo, whose 71 is good for a one-shot lead over Lake Mary's Selin Timur.
In 1A, the Falcons posted a 368 team total with sophomore Vanessa Yan, the team's No. 3 player, posting the lowest score on the squad with a 78.
That 368 leaves Saint Stephen's in 10th place, trailing first-round leader Lake Mary Prep by 72 shots heading into Wednesday's final round.
"It was rough," first-year Falcons head coach Letitia Zilar said. "Putting was gruesome for us."
Natalie Pleyrova, the team's lone senior, was 4-over par at the turn before soaring to an 82 following a disastrous back nine. Michelle Yan skyrocketed to an 84, while Nupur Mathur (124) and Kendall Miller (130) rounded out the scoring for the Falcons.
"Putting and keeping the ball out of the water ... if we can do that (Wednesday), it'll be just awesome," Zilar said. "The penalty strokes just killed us.
Lake Mary Prep's Sierra Brooks fired a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead in the individual standings.
ODA's Wendy Tan, who carded a 75 at last week's region to qualify for the state tourney, ballooned to a 92 at Mission Inn.