Tanager boys’ golf team claims third in State A

Tanager boys' golf team claims third in State A by Jim Prosser On Oct. 4 and 5, the Tanager boys' golf team put on a great show on day one of the State Class A Tournament, contested at The Bluffs, when they used benign weather conditions and a familiarity of their home course to take first place with a 301 score.

That score is the lowest shot in Class A tournament history, since golf went to three divisions four years ago.

Vermillion's Chris Moen was tied for first with Wyatt Anderson-Meier of Belle Fourche, at 73. Jordon Boots and Alex Schaack were in the top 10 individuals.

The two-day tourney showed what can happen when the weather cools and the winds blow during the continuation of competition. The scores soared, except for two golfers, and the final results at the end of day two placed the Tanagers third with a 627 score. Madison was first (614) and Lead-Deadwood second (626). Ten schools and 56 individuals were entered.

Oct. 5 marked the third consecutive third-place finish by Vermillion at the state golf tournament.

Madison's James Green won the first place medal with a two-day score of 145.

Four Tanager golfers were in the top 20 scorers and earned place medals.

Moen was fourth at 152; Alex Schaack was eighth with 157; Jordon Boots was 11th at 158, Brad Schaack placed 16th with 163; and Broc Gauer was 21st with a 169.

Moen finished in the top 10 at the state tournament for the second straight year.

Brad Schaack was named to the All-State team for the third consecutive year by finishing in the top 20 at the tournament.

Alex Schaack, Boots and Gauer were the top three freshmen finishers at the state tourney. Ten seniors, four juniors and four sophomores finished in the top 21 along with these three.

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