Coming off a summer in which he broke 70 on several occasions, it didn't take Dawson School junior Billy Howenstein long to do it in a major event during the prep season.

One of the early state title contenders after tying for 10th place in Class 3A as a sophomore in 2016, Howenstein shot a 69 at Broadlands Golf Course to win the Holy Family Stableford Invitational on Tuesday. Howenstein's effort scored 39 points for the Mustangs to help his team place sixth out of 17 teams in the modified stableford tournament.

"He's just a great kid and we're expecting a big season out of him," Dawson head coach Arnold Lewis said. "This kid is lightning in a bottle and he was fantastic today."

Friday's field of 107 golfers included defending 3A champion Oliver Jack (third), last year's third-place finisher Ethan Tartaglia (seventh), last year's fourth-place finisher Jackson Klutznick (second), as well as a number of other state tournament-caliber golfers. On Thursday, Howenstein tied for sixth place at the 3A Metro League tournament with a 71 at Indian Peaks Golf Course, where this year's 3A state championships will be held.

The Mustangs placed third as a team at last year's 3A state championships.

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