VHS golfers open ’01 season at West Central Invitational; young team earns fifth place

VHS golfers open '01 season at West Central Invitational; young team earns fifth place With a short pre-season practice time, and facing a group of serious contenders for state honors, the Vermillion High School boys' golf team entered the West Central Invitational at Hartford on Friday, Aug. 17.

The 18-hole tournament involved nine varsity and JV teams from diverse classes and/or locations in South Dakota. Final team standings were:

1. Mitchell, 313. 2. Madison, 320. 3. O'Gorman, 326. 4. Aberdeen Central, 337. 5. Vermillion, 345. 6. Milbank. 7. West Central. 8. Lennox. 9. Canton.

Scores for Vermillion individuals were:

Rob Schaack � 78 (fourth); Nathan Boots � 86; Brad Schaack � 86; and Chris Moen – 95.

The JV individual scores were:

Darren Martin � 91; Ryan Powell � 104; Charles Odson � 106; and Steve Foltz � 110.

The team score of 411 placed the JV seventh.

Coach Kirk Hogen has an unusually young team to start the season � the varsity has one junior, two sophomores, one freshman, and one eighth grader.

"We will have to depend on the leadership of Rob Schaack (junior) and Nathan Boots (sophomore)," he said. "With the real young team, we are hopeful they will develop maturity with each match."

The complete roster is comprised of 18 golfers � senior Paul Timms; juniors Rob Schaack and Joel Anderson; sophomores Nathan Boots and Dan Pearson; freshmen Eric Hesla, Brad Schaack, Charles Odson, Chris Moen, Steve Foltz and Jared Bates; eighth graders Darren Martin and Jack Higgins; and seventh graders Steven Timms, Ryan Powell, and Jeff Donnelly.

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