Looyenga lands top 10 finish at Hub City golf tourney
By Jay Davis
Playing against a field with four AA teams, the Tigers took sixth out of 12 teams at the Hub City Golf Invitational played at Lee Park Golf Course in Aberdeen on Tuesday.
Eric Looyenga led the Tigers with an eighth-place finish. Looyenga carded an 82. Carson Keller joined him in medaling by shooting 84 and taking 19th place.
“Eric and Carson were each able to put together a pretty good string of nearly flawless holes with a birdie mixed in the bunch and that led to their success,” said coach Jason Weisbeck.
The rest of the team finished in the middle of pack. David Jensen and Tyler Villbrandt each shot 92, Stone Jensen shot 93 and Mitch Heumiller shot 96.
“Conditions were not the easiest,” said Weisbeck. “The green weren’t real receptive, hard to say the least, and our kids weren’t really used to that.”
The Tigers shot 350 for their sixth-place finish. Aberdeen Central won the meet at 317. Aberdeen Roncalli in third place with a 329, was the only Class A team to beat the Tigers.
Cameron Huff of Aberdeen Central shot 73 to win medalist honors.
“Overall our kids are really jockeying positions on the team and I feel that in-team competition will continue to make our team better throughout the season,” said Weisbeck. “I am hopeful that by the end of the season we can put some low 300s together and make a run in the state tournament for some hardware.”
Villbrandt takes honors
The Tigers blew past Winner at home on Thursday. Mobridge-Pollock shot 307. Winner was 36 strokes back at 343.
“It was nice to see our kids have so much success,” said Weisbeck. “The scores reflected a modified format. On the back nine we played the red tees due to the extreme heat. Even with that the kids played super.”
Tyler Villbrandt and Eric Looyenga tied for the lead after 18 holes before Villbrandt took medalist honors by beating Looyenga in a playoff. Villbrandt shot 39-34-73, while Looyenga shot 40-33-73.
“Eric and Tyler really made some spectacular shots,” said Weisbeck. “Eric drove the green on five and proceeded to make the eagle putt. Tyler sank a 25 to 30-foot putt on eight to extend the playoff and eventually win. Those were awesome.”
David Jensen finished fourth, Carson Keller, sixth, Mitch Heumiller seventh and Tanner Jerome 10th.
“It is fun for the kids to showcase what they can do on their home turf,” said Weisbeck. “I am glad Winner came up to provide us some competition.”
Jayden Bruun was the leading golfer for Winner. Bruun shot 40-36-76.
Stone Jensen shot 85 to win the junior varsity division.
The Tigers will take a few days off before competing in the Big Dakota Conference Tournament in Pierre next Thursday.
Hub City Golf Invitational
Team Scores: Aberdeen Central 317, Watertown 328, Aberdeen Roncalli 329, Pierre 339 Huron 345, Mobridge-Pollock 350, Sioux Valley 355, Aberdeen Central JV 358, Milbank 360, Groton Area 362, Redfield-Doland 363, Sisseton 391.
Medalists: 1. Cameron Huff, Aberdeen Central, 73; 2. Michael Duch, Aberdeen Roncalli, 7; 3. Conner Preston, Aberdeen Central, 79; 4. Keaton Deiter, Aberdeen Roncalli, 80; 5. Colton Hanson, Watertown, 80; 6. Tyler Foster, Aberdeen Central, 71; 7. Oliver Farmen, Redfield-Doland, 81; 8. Eric Looyenga, Mobridge-Pollock, 82; 9. Sean Zimney, Milbank, 82; 10. Ethan Smith, Watertown, 82;
11. Drew Mahowald, Watertown, 82; 12. Gabe Heller, Aberdeen Central, 83; 13. Austin Buri, Watertown, 84; 14. Nick Mahowald, Watertown, 84; 15. Austin Hoss, Pierre, 84; 16. Andrew VanGerpen, Pierre, 84; 17. Jonah Dohrer, Aberdeen Central, 84; 18. Trevor Hieb, Aberdeen Central, 84; 19. Carson Keller, Mobridge-Pollock, 84; 20. Cole Peterson, Huron, 85.
The Field: J.P. Noonan, Huron, 85; Matt Booth, Pierre, 85; Ben Deis, Pierre, 86; J.P. Lindquist, Milbank, 86; Riley Goeller, Huron, 87; Shawn Goetz, Aberdeen Central JV, 87; Shea Krause, Aberdeen Central JV, 87; Nick Strasburg, Sioux Valley, 87; Nolan Wiegel, Huron, 88; Cash Anderson, Pierre, 88; Austin Deibert, Sioux Valley, 88; Austin Chase, Sioux Valley, 89; Zach Streier, Aberdeen Roncalli, 89; Alex Grandbois, Aberdeen Central, 89;
Brady Gomer, Milbank, 90; Adam Herman, Groton Area, 90; Mason Madsen, Groton Area, 90; Brady Sombke, Groton Area, 91; Stuart Farrand, Aberdeen Central JV, 91; Parker Rossow, Groton Area, 91; David Jensen, Mobridge-Pollock, 92; Tyler Villbrandt, Mobridge-Pollock, 92, Nate Algood, Sioux Valley, 92; Jacob Gelhaus, Aberdeen Roncalli, 92; Stone Jensen, Mobridge-Pollock, 93; Eric DeBoer, Aberdeen Central JV, 93; Carsten Archer, Sisseton, 93; Jayden Engels, Watertown, 93; Lance Stephens, Redfield-Doland, 93; Colin Claeys, Huron, 95; Reilly Els, Groton Area, 95; Hunter Ryan, Sisseton, 95; Hunter Avery, Redfield-Doland, 95; Mitch Heumiller, Mobridge-Pollock, 96; Kade McTighe, Pierre, 96; Jagr Wasem, Aberdeen Central JV, 96; Parker Monson, Aberdeen Roncalli, 98; Andrew Fitz, Sisseton, 98;
Nate Christensen, Sioux Valley, 100; Josh Anderson, Aberdeen Central JV 101; Carson Hruby, Huron, 102; Ryan Schreurs, Milbank, 102; Gabe Suchor, Redfield-Doland, 104; Mitch Hansen, Sisseton, 105; Bryce Stephens, Redfield-Doland, 105; Nate Nielsen, Sisseton, 107; Gunner Thoreson, Sisseton, 109; Adam Thomas, Milbank, 111; Luke Sternhagen, Groton Area, 112; Ryan Yost, Redfield-Doland, 119.
Mobridge-Pollock vs. Winner
Team Scores: Mobridge-Pollock 307, Winner, 343.
1. Tyler Villbrandt, MP, 39-34-73; 2. Eric Looyenga, MP, 40-33-73; 3. Jayden Bruun, W, 40-36-76; 4. David Jensen, MP, 40-39-79; 5. Luke Jedlicki, W, 44-38-82; 6. Carson Keller, MP, 43-39-82; 7. Mitch Heumiller, MP, 43-39-82; 8. Matt Jensen, W, 44-47-92; 9. Sam Hossle, W, 50-43-93; 10. Tanner Jerome, MP, 54-41-95.