This week in Vermillion High School Golf

This week in Vermillion High School Golf By Joe â�?�?MOJOâ�? Reiser The�?  Vermillion High School boysâ�?�? golf team posted a solid second place in the South Dakota State High School Class â�?�?Aâ�? tourney on Oct. 6 and 7. Aaron Steele finished in a tie for fourth place with a two day score of 157, to lead the way for the Tanagers. The scintillating Steele, a junior and the lone holdover from the 2007 state championship team, posted scores of 45, 36, 37 and 39 at the opulent Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs. Coming in tied for 23rd was Tanager junior, Cole Andre, who posted scores of 45, 37, 46 and 38 for a total of 167. Jake Hogen, the youngest member of our local linksters, shot a solid 169 to land in 25th place. Junior Erik Ustad had a few problems and scrambled to post a 173 and finished in 30th place, giving those tough Tanagers a team score of 666. Zach McDonald had some success as he played the front nine in scores of 44 and 43 each day, but the golf gods were not so favorable on the back nine as he posted a two day total of 205. Nanananannnnaa.�?  Rainey Reynolds of Sioux Falls Christian was medalist for the tourney and individual state champion with scores of 73 on day one and 78 on day two, for a total of 151. Reynolds helped his team to the state title with a collective total of 642. Individual scores of 75 and 78 gave Aberdeen Roncalliâ�?�?s Ben Heller a total of 153 for second place. Chamberlain eighth- grader Coleman Caldwell hammered out a 78 on Mondayâ�?�?s round and 76 on Tuesday to notch third place at 154. I know I have been taking some shots at West Central, but I would like to commend them for finishing with a team total of 699 and seventh place. In all, our region was well represented with team finishes of first, second and seventh. Our â�?�?Lads of the Linksâ�? with a varsity team of three juniors, one sophomore and an eighth grader have had a great season and will no doubt make a solid showing next year as they get stronger, smarter and tougher. Coach Kirk Hogen brings a steady hand and strong work ethic as he squires our Tanagers to team and individual success. Be the ball Danny…… There is more information and photos on all of the classes of the boys state tourney at SDPB.org�? I am writing this article as the Tanager team returns home with their second place trophy, so I have no quotes or comments. Time does not allow me to wait, but I would like to offer congratulations to Coach Hogen and his varsity and junior varsity teams. Once again the younger members of our community have represented our town with class and courage. Give them a tip of the cap or a pat on the back when you see them. They have done well and the best thing is they are all coming back next year â�?¦ Nanananaaaaaa. Later â�?¦ MOJO

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