HURON — The fairways and greens of the Broadland Creek Golf Course were teeming with young golfers on Wednesday, as the South Dakota Golf Association made it’s annual stop in Huron.
A pair of Heartland golfers - Jayce Pugh of Miller and Huron’s Bryn Huber finished atop of their respective age divisions at the end of play over the par-72 Broadland Creek layout.
Pugh, who was the medalist at the Class “B” Girls’ State Golf Tournament earlier this month, fired a four-over 76 to take the top spot in the girls’ 12-13 division.
Huber, the top scorer for the Huron Tiger team at the Class “AA” State Tournament, shot 83 and finished in a tie for the top spot in the girls’ 16-18 division with Hayley Wirebaugh of Aberdeen.
The girls’ 14-15 division was won by Olivia Olson of Onida, with a 103 and Asher Dannenbring of Mitchell won the boys’ 12-13 division with a 76.
Luke Olson of Fort Pierre had the low round of the day, as he shot a one-over 73 to claim the top spot in the boys’ 14-15 division and Radley Mauney of Hartford finished atop the boys’ 16-18 division, with a 74.
The younger players competed over nine holes and Rigley Kulesa of Pierre shot an even-par 36 to win the 9 and under boys’ division and Owen Vogel of Aberdeen took the 10-11 boys’ with a four-over 40.
The girls’ 9 and under was won by Brynlee Swiden of Pierre with a 57, while the 10-11 girls’ category went to Ronnie Wilharm of Vermillion with a 38.
Youth golfers amass points by competing in as many of the 23 tournaments that are held across the state during June and July.
Players are placed in one of three regions - Southeast, Northeast or West - with the top two regional point leaders in both boys’ and girls’ divisions invited to the Tour Championship on Monday, August 2 at Hillsview GC in Pierre. All players play 18 holes at the Tour Championship.