Golfers from 14 southeastern South Dakota schools fought the spring winds and the challenges of The Bluffs course last Friday as Vermillion High School hosted its girls golf invitational tournament.
The host Tanagers placed three athletes in the top 20 and came in third in the team standings with a total of 382, nine strokes behind runner-up Sioux Falls Christian's 373 and 30 shots behind champion Parkston's 352. The winning Trojans had four golfers among the top nine to run away from the rest of the field.
Jordan Borman of Parkston was the medalist with a 39 going out and a 42 coming in for a scorecard of 81, seven shots better than four golfers tied with 88s. Right behind them was Vermillion's highest finisher, Allison Heine, whose 90 gave her sixth place.
Kenzie Huska of the Tanagers tied for 11th at 94, and Ellen Brown tied for 17th with a 98. Kelly Amundson played the course in 100 strokes, and Kylie Kuiper had a 110 for the day.
Vermillion also entered a JV team for whom Brooke Schwasinger had a 92, Elly Miiller 109, Josie Huber 110 and Audry Miiller 122 for a team score of 433, good enough for 10th place in the field of varsity teams.
Trailing the varsity Tanagers in the team standings were Canton at 400, Dell Rapids 403, Dakota Valley 404, Milbank 417, Madison 418 and Elk Point-Jefferson 419. Behiind the Tanager JVs were the varsity teams of West Central at 437, Harrisburg 438, Lennox 492 and Beresford 516. Wagner also entered a pair of golfers but not enough for team competition.
Earlier last week Vermillion hosted Elk Point-Jefferson for a dual and handily outscored the Huskies 185-216. The Tanagers had five of the top six golfers for the day, including Ellen Brown first at 44 and Kenzie Huska second at 45. EP-J's Cassie Hilbrands had a 46 for third place in the nine-hole event. Lindsey Robinet of VHS was fifth at 49 and Allison Heine sixth at 50.
In the JV match that day Vermillion won 214-241. Kylie Kuiper was medalist with a 47, Elly Miller second at 53 and Josie Huber third at 55. Other Tanager scores were Brooke Schwasinger's 57 and Audry Miller's 66.
Dakota Valley dual
Taking advantage of a rare picture-perfect day for golf, the Tanager girls went to Two Rivers at Dakota Dunes Tuesday and took care of business against Dakota Valley for a 182-200 dual victory.
The Panthers' Shyler Funck with a 36 had the day's best round, but the next five lowest scores were all from Vermillion players. Ellen Brown carded a 42, Kenzie Huska 45, Kelly Amundson 47, Brooke Schwasinger 48 and Allison Heine 49. Next in line was DV's Alyssa Hunt with a 51.
VHS golfers are scheduled today at 9 a.m. at the Big 8 Conference meet at Harrisburg and next Thursday at the same time for another meet at Harrisburg.