Three Tigers qualifiy for State A meet
By Jay Davis
The Tiger golfers did not complete their goal of sending the entire team, but did qualify three golfers for state at the Region 3A Golf Tournament in Mitchell on Monday.
“We were in the running after nine holes,” said coach Jason Weisbeck. “The boys slipped back a few strokes on the back nine to finish fifth overall as a team.”
While the team goal was not met, the goal of making it to state was met by Tyler Villbrandt, Eric Looyenga and David Jensen.
Villbrandt cracked the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. Villbrandt shot a consistent 43-45-88 in his state-qualifier.
Looyenga was a consistent golfer also. Looyenga took 12th place with a 44-45-89.
David Jensen snuck into the state field by the seat of his pants. After an opening round 44, Jensen fell to 49 on the back nine, but hung on to be the last qualifier in 21st place.
“Congrats to Tyler, Eric and David for qualifying,” said Weisbeck. “They played good golf under pressure to make the cut. They will be gaining valuable experience when it comes to next week at the state tournament in Spearfish. I look forward to seeing what they can do.”
Tanner Jerome and Joey Heil played their last competitive golf of the season. Jerome took 30th with a 51-54-105. Heil came in 34th with a 55-60-125.
“The competition is pulling away from us a bit in the region,” said Weisbeck. “Our golfers are understanding the commitment it will take to be able to compete as a team in Class A golf.”
The Tiger trio will compete in the State A Golf Tournament at Spearfish Canyon Country Club on Monday and Tuesday. Nolan Keckler of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte earned a trip to Spearfish by shooting 42-46-88 and taking 11th place.
Region 3A Golf Tournament
Team Scores: Parkston 321, Chamberlain 346, Mitchell Christian 359, Winner 364, Mobridge-Pollock 375, Todd County 382, Bon Homme 401.
State Qualifiers: 1. Coleman Caldwell, Chamberlain, 35-37-72; 2. Jake Weber, Parkston, 35-38-73; 3. Adam Bleeker, Mitchell Christian, 37-38-75; 4. Ty Kinneberg, Parkston, 37-42-79; 5. Garret Hohn, Parkston, 44-37-81; 6. Lane Schroyer, Chamberlain, 38-44-82; 7. Charles Bad Milk, Todd County, 44-43-87; 8. Jayden Bruun, Winner, 44-44-88; 9. Tyler Villbrandt, Mobridge-Pollock, 43-45-88; 10. Jacob Lee, Parkston, 42-46-88;
11. Nolan Keckler, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 42-46-88; 12. Eric Looyenga, Mobridge-Pollock, 44-45-89; 13. Zac Pederson, Winner, 42-47-89; 14. Jackson Feiner, Mitchell Christian, 40-49-89; 15. Ryan Alley, Parkston, 47-43-90; 16. Alec Johnson, Bon Homme, 42-48-90; 17. Luke Jedlicki, Winner, 47-44-91; 18. Lincoln Stoebner, Bon Homme, 50-43-93; 19. Adam Hutmacher, Chamberlain, 46-47-93; 20. Anthony Bizardie, Todd County, 44-49-93; 21. David Jensen, Mobridge-Pollock, 44-49-93;
Rest of the Field: 22. Wes Vander Pol, Mitchell Christian, 51-44-95; 23. Landon Engel, Winner, 48-48-96; 24. Garrett Grunlund, Winner, 53-45-98; 25. Tanner Colombe, Todd County, 48-50-98; 26. Buzz Jordan, St. Francis, 47-51-98; 27. Tiegen Priebe, Chamberlain, 48-51-99; 28. Adam Rasmussen, Mitchell Christian, 49-51-100; 29. Dru Espinoza, Todd County, 50-54-104; 30. Tanner Jerome, Mobridge-Pollock, 51-54-105;
31. Andrew Roland, Bon Homme, 49-58-107; 32. Les Jelsma, Bon Homme, 57-54-111; 33. Tucker Peschl, Bon Homme, 54-59-113; 34. Joey Heil, Mobridge-Pollock, 55-60-115; 35. Josh Cimpl, Wagner, 63-57-120; 36. Luke Stewart, Chamberlain, 58-68-126; 37. Ryan Bordeaux, Todd County, 5870-128; 38. Bradyn Ward, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, 67-69-136.