Tanager boys claim 2nd at state golf tournament

Tanager boys claim 2nd at state golf tournament
On Oct. 2 and 3, the Tanager golf team put on a great show at the State Class A Tournament, contested at Spearfish Canyon Golf Course, when they persevered through adversity and took second place with a score of 653.

The other top five teams were: Lead-Deadwood (first, 651); Aberdeen Roncalli (third – 682); Dakota Valley (fourth – 689), and Madison (fifth – 703).

Vermillion's Alex Schaack was in fourth place, Jordan Boots – 10th and Brock Gauer – 19th, which qualified them for medals. Nate Barbee (Dakota Valley) was #1 medalist.

Thirteen schools vied for the trophy and there were more than 50 golfers in the tournament. The top 20 scorers earned place medals, and Vermillion was presented a second place plaque. Other Tanagers in the meet were Mikal Ustad – 22nd, and Aaron Steele.

"We had a great season," said coach Kirk Hogen. "We started out slow, with a fourth-place finish at the WC Invite. Then we won everything after that, except a dual against Yankton (AA School State Champ)!

"It was sad to end the season with a second-place finish. We had the tournament in our grasp after 27 holes, but scary and unfortunate circumstances took place and we lost by two strokes. I'm very proud of the kids. I had numerous coaches, parents of other teams, and spectators, come up to me after the tournament and complement our kids on their class. That's our first place finish!"

End of the season awards: Letter winners – Ryan Powell senior, Gabe Steinmeyer senior, Alex Schaack junior, Broc Gauer junior, Jordan Boots junior, Mikal Ustad junior, Aaron Steele freshman, Eric Ustad freshman.

Captain – Alex Schaack.

MVP – Alex Schaack.

Most Improved – Aaron Steele.

All State – Alex Schaack, Jordan Boots, and Brock Gauer.

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