VHS golfers place 2nd in regionals

LEFT: The Tanagers' Allison Heine tees off to begin play on the final, 18th hole of Monday's Region 2A tournament at The Bluffs in Vermillion. The Tanagers' second place finish earned them a team berth at the state meet, scheduled at The Bluffs on Monday and Tuesday. (Photo by David Lias)

Vermillion's defending state "A" girls golf champions are going back to the state tournament, and this year they won't have far to go.

The Tanagers finished second at the Region 2A tournament at The Bluffs course in Vermillion on Monday, earning a team berth at the state meet as one of the region's top three teams. They will be back on the same course Monday and Tuesday as the state "A" tournament is played there.

Sioux Falls Christian took the regional team championship home Monday with a score of 336, 20 strokes better than the runner-up Tanagers at 356. Canton was the third state-qualifying team with a 362 score. However, fourth-place Elk Point-Jefferson, because four of its golfers finished individually among the top 28, also gets to compete for the team title at the state tournament. The Huskies had a 376 team count Monday.

Other teams cores were Harrisburg 397, West Central 402, Dakota Valley 409, Lennox 423, Beresford 457 and Tea area 514.

Canton's Kylie Gaughenbaugh with a 77 was the regional medalist, a shot better than EPJ's Kelsey Leif's 78 and two ahead of Dakota Valley's Shyler Funck and Christian's Abby Perrenoud, both with 79s.

Vermillion's Kelly Amundson tied for seventh place with a round of 85. Ellen Brown was ninth with an 86, Brooke Schwasinger tied for 12th place at 92, Kenzie Huska tied for 14th at 94, and Allison Heine was 24th with a 99.

In their final regular-season dual last Friday the Tanagers came up with a team score of 404 at Yankton, but the Gazelles were better at 367. Tanager varsity scores were 99s for Heine and Amundson in fifth place, 101 for Brown in seventh and 105 for Lindsay Robinet in the eighth spot.

In the JV dual at Yankton the Gazelles had a 431-450 advantage over their Tanager counterparts. Schwasinger was second, however, with a 106. Huska was sixth with a 111 card, Elly Miiller seventh at 115 and Josie Huber eighth at 118.

Sioux Falls Christian, Vermillion and Canton had the same 1-2-3 team finish at last Thursday's Harrisburg Invitational as they did at Monday's regional. Christian's advantage over the Tanagers was only six shots, however, 352-358, and the C-Hawks were at 361. Seven other schools also competed there.

Brown and Amundson tied for sixth place with 87s. Heine tied for ninth with an 89. Schwasinger tied for 13th with a 95. Huska tied for 15th with a 96.

BELOW: Members of the Tanager golf team, which placed second in the State A Regional Tournament held Monday at The Bluffs in Vermillion, are Kelly Amundson, Allison Heine, Coach Kirk Hogen, Ellen Brown, McKenzie Huska and Brooke Schwasinger. (Photo courtesy of Cindy Johnson Brown)
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