Hello again to all the fine folks taking time to read the Plain Talk and catch up on local news and sports. The Vermillion High School golf season has begun and our fearless young men crossed the "Bridges at Beresford" on Aug. 18 and collected the first duel meet win of the season.
Aaron Steele and Erik Ustad posted a pair of 38s to lead the Tanager linksters to a solid 30-stroke drubbing of Big 8 conference foe from up the I-29 corridor. Cole Andre and Mitch Nelson rounded out the VHS top four with 41 and 47 respectively. Zack McDonald fired a 50 and Carter Andre kicked in with a 55 to finish out the varsity six scores.
JV player Patrick Haught burned up the Bridges course with a 42 to lead junior varsity scoring. Other JV scores were Michael Brunick at 53, Owen Korcuska at 61 and Chris Amundson at 65. The Beresford team was lead by Kevin Hyronimus at 47.
The next Tanager outing was at Two Rivers Golf Course on Aug. 21 for the Dakota Valley Golf Invitational. The varsity golfers came in second with a 316, which was six strokes shy of the Sioux Falls Christian 310. Dakota Valley narrowly edged Harrisburg for third with a 333 to 335 for the burgers. Taylor White of Dakota Valley was medalist with a 73. Cole Andre of Vermillion was tied for second with a 75. Aaron Steele tied for fourth with a 76 and Erik Ustad tied for seventh at 79, followed by Patrick Haught in 24th place at 86 and Mitch Nelson in 27th place at 87.
The Tanager JVs finished in sixth at 399. Zack McDonald finished in eighth at 88 followed by Carter Andre at 95, Michael Brunick at 105 and Owen Korcaska at 111.
On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Tanagers defended home turf at The Bluffs by burning down Dakota Valley and burning up the golf course to the tune of 150 to 166. Aaron Steele found the groove as he posted a three under 32 for medalist honors. Erik Ustad chipped in with a 38 and was assisted by Cole Andre at 39 and Mitch Nelson at 41. Zack McDonald banged in a 47 and Patrick Haught had some minor troubles to card a 51.
The JV match was won by Dakota Valley with a 192 to 237 defeat of the local lads. Owen Korscuska and Chris Amundson showed improvement with 56 and 57 respectively.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 saw the Vermillion varsity head for the Central Valley Golf Course and the West Central Early Bird Tourney. Harrisburg defeated Sioux Falls Christian in a three-hole playoff to take first place with a score of 319. The Tanagers finished in sixth place with a 334. Medalist was Kyle Higgins of Winner with a gaudy 65. His score featured a 29 on the front nine.
Aaron Steele held top honors for Vermillion with a 76 which was a tie for fifth. The trio of Erik Ustad, Cole Andre and Mitch Nelson all rolled in with 86s.
Well folks, there you have it. The school year has commenced and fall is upon us. As we see our community grow in size I would like to invite you all to get out and support the local activities and please drive with caution.
Until next week, thanks. MOJO.