Hello again folks, it's been a couple of weeks since I've had a chance to fill you in about the young stars of our local links. Let's get to it.
Monday, Sept. 14, the Vermillion Tanagers teed off at the Madison Bulldog Golf Invitational and collected the first place hardware for the team. Coach Kirk Hogen's Tanagers collected top 20 scores from three of the Tanager golfers.
In third place was senior Cole Andre with a 79, followed by Mitch Nelson at 82 in 11th place and Zack McDonald tied for 16th with an 84 … NNNNNNNNannnnaaa. The team total was 331which was three strokes lower than second place West Central at 334.
Other Tanager scores came from Erik Ustad at 86, Aaron Steele at 88 and Patrick Haught at 89. Teams from 21 schools participated in the Invite. The top five team scores were 1) Vermillion 331; 2)West Central 334; 3)Aberdeen Roncalli 335.; 4) Harrisburg 338; 5) Milbank 338. Overall a nice showing by all the Local Lads of the Links.
Andrew Welk of Aberdeen Roncalli was low scorer for the day with a 75.
"There were some pluses and minuses for our team today. Cole shot a nice round and it's nice to get the solid scores from our fourth, fifth and sixth golfers. Erik and Aaron just ran into a little trouble," commented Coach Hogen. "Over all, we need solid play to take us into the latter part of the season, and we got some of that today," added the seasoned veteran coach.
On Friday, Sept. 4 at The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion, the home town linksters hooked up with the Yankton Bucks for a duel meet. Class AA Yankton won the varsity meet by a score of 299 to 323 for the Tanagers. Jace Guthmiller was medalist with a 72, followed by Gabe Messler's 73 to pace the Bucks. Cole Andre was low scorer for the Tanagers with a pair of 38s for a salty 76. Aaron Steele carded a 77 along with an 80 from Erik Ustad to round out the top three scores for Vermillion.
Other Tanager varsity scores were Mitch Nelson at 90 and the duo of Patrick Haught and Carter Andre at 99. Zack McDonald sparked the JV team with a 94 followed by Mitch Ellison at 113, Michael Brunick at 118, Owen Korcuska at 120 and Chris Amundson at 134.
The JV team finished in second place (of two) with a 445. Yankton's JV score was a respectable 342.
Well, that's what I have for this week, folks. Until next time please drive safely. Thanks MOJO.