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Kyle Bookout of Kaiserslautern exits a bunker on Rheinblick Golf Course's eighth hole Thursday during first-day play in the two-day DODDS-Europe high school golf championships, which end Friday at Wiesbaden-Frauenstein.
Kyle Bookout of Kaiserslautern exits a bunker on Rheinblick Golf Course's eighth hole Thursday during first-day play in the two-day DODDS-Europe high school golf championships, which end Friday at Wiesbaden-Frauenstein. (Rusty Bryan / S&S)
Kyle Bookout of Kaiserslautern exits a bunker on Rheinblick Golf Course's eighth hole Thursday during first-day play in the two-day DODDS-Europe high school golf championships, which end Friday at Wiesbaden-Frauenstein.
Kyle Bookout of Kaiserslautern exits a bunker on Rheinblick Golf Course's eighth hole Thursday during first-day play in the two-day DODDS-Europe high school golf championships, which end Friday at Wiesbaden-Frauenstein. (Rusty Bryan / S&S)
Barbara Burriss of Kaiserslautern follows through on her tee shot on Rheinblick Golf Course's sixth hole Thursday.
Barbara Burriss of Kaiserslautern follows through on her tee shot on Rheinblick Golf Course's sixth hole Thursday. (Rusty Bryan / S&S)

WIESBADEN-FRAUENSTEIN, Germany — The German word “blick” translates as “glimpse,” but after Thursday’s first round of the DODDS-Europe high school golf championships, most of the competitors here might think “blick,” when used in the phrase Rheinblick Golf Course, means “trouble.”

Of the 31 boys Thursday who took on Rheinblick, just three — Ben Antonik of Kaiserslautern, Josiah Almosara of Lakenheath and Hank Mol of Ramstein — were able to break 100 on the challenging 6,239-yard, par-72 hilltop layout, generally recognized as Germany’s toughest.

And Almosara and Mol didn’t escape triple digits by all that much. Almosara shot a 93 and Mol a 98.

Even Antonik, whose 43-41-84 gave him a nine-stroke lead going into Friday’s final round, found the going difficult. He posted triple-bogeys on Nos. 2 and 5.

“I got mixed up in the fog the first few holes,” Antonik said of the morning mist, which pushed opening tee times back 30 minutes and didn’t burn off until late in the morning. “But I came back OK.”

The comeback included three birdies, despite playing on a handful of greens that had been aerated for the winter. Still, Antonik said, the course was in the best shape he had experienced in his three title tournaments here.

“Except for three or four greens, the course played perfectly,” Antonik said. “The last three years, they aerated most of the greens.”

Antonik credited his short game and driver for his first-round lead and said he was looking forward to defending it during the final round.

“I love stroke play,” Antonik said of the scoring system used by DODDS in only this event. “You have to play well the whole round.”

Ordinarily, the high schools use the more forgiving Stableford scoring, which the girls employed on Day 1.

Ramstein’s Allysen Vance grabbed the girls’ lead by amassing 21 points, four of them earned with a birdie on No. 11. Second was Kayla Esmond of Lakenheath with 12 points.

All but the top nine boys will join the girls in using Stableford scoring for the final round.

For his part, Antonik will be trying to avoid a repeat of last year’s nightmare on the 16th hole on the final day — an 11 that landed him in fourth place.

“I graduate this year,” he said. “I’ve gotta make a run for it.”

European golf championships

WIESBADEN-FRAUENSTEIN, Germany — First-day results Thursday from the DODDS-Europe high school golf championships on Rheinblick Golf Course. Boys layout, stroke-play only, was par 36-36-72, 6,239 yards. Girls, who used Stableford scoring awarding 1 point for double-bogey, 2 for bogey, 3 for par, 4 for birdie and six for eagle or ace, played a par 36-36-72, 5,631-yard course. Top nine boys advance to today’s championship flight and continue stroke play. Others revert to Stableford scoring:

Boys

Ben Antonik (Kaiserslautern) 43-41 — 84

Josiah Almosara (Lakenheath) 50-43 — 93

Hank Mol (Ramstein) 55-43 — 98

Marshall Webb (Lake) 48-52 — 100

Johnny Russell (Heidelberg) 50-51 — 101

Andrew Tribble (Patch) 51-50 — 101

Kyle Tyree (Ram) 47-54 — 101

Michael Haas (Ram) 46-56 — 102

Craig Herron (Ram) 51-51 — 102

Alex Athney (Patch) 51-52 — 103

Gavon Byrd (Ram) 52-51 — 103

Stewart Dines (Ram) 49-54 — 103

Nikolas Ripperda (Rota) 51-52 — 103

Alex Crist (Rota) 54-51 — 105

Ben Myer (Ram) 55-49 — 104

Adrian Conrad (Ram) 56-49 — 105

Jake Niemyer (Ram) 49-56 — 105

Kai Pope (Ram) 54-52 — 106

Matt Wiederholt (Ram) 52-55 — 107

Nick Delgado (Rota) 53-55 — 108

Eric Hernandez (Lake) 50-59 — 109

Zach Carroll (Lake) 56-55 — 111

Stephan Braden (Ram) 62-52 — 114

Eric Mosley (Ram) 61-56 — 117

Mike Davidson (Ram) 57-63 — 120

Kyle Bookout (Kais) 57-64 — 121

Chris Halbritter (Ram) 66-62 — 128

Tyler Woodrow (Lake) 56-74 — 130

Michael Semon (Ram) 72-60 — 132

Noah Fortunato (Ram) 77-74 — 151

Tyson Campbell (Lake) 76-77 — 153

Girls

Allysen Vance (Ram) 11-10 — 21

Kayla Esmond (Lake) 5-7 — 12

Brittany Morris (Patch) 3-8 — 11

Barbara Burriss (Kais) 5-4 —9

Molly Henage (Lake) 2-7 —9

Connie Kwan (Heid) 4-4 —8

Becca Groff (Kais) 4-2 —6

Marissa Engelbaum (Ram) 4-1 —5

Sarah Fowler (Heid) 1-4 —5

Courtney Baer (Vilseck) 1-2 —3

Lara Habel (Patch) 1-2 —3

Stevi Hood (Vil) 2-1 —3

Mercedes Prand (Lajes) 1-0 —1

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