Larson, Pugh open strong in Class B tourneys

PHOTO COURTESY OF SDPB James Valley Christian senior Ryan Stahl chips during the opening round of the Class B State Boys’ Golf Tournament on Monday at the Brookings Country Club.

BROOKINGS — Freshman Blake Larson of Wessington Springs put himself in position for a strong finish during the opening day of the Class B State Boys’ Golf Tournament on Monday at Brookings Country Club.

Larson shot a 77 to put him in a tie for second place in the the 120-golfer field with Jett Becker of Aberdeen Christian. They sit just four strokes behind Sam Hansen of Great Plains Lutheran, who turned in a low round of 73 on Monday.

Sharing the fourth spot after the first 18 holes of the 36-hole tournament were Brody Boltjes of Platte-Geddes, Lane Hodges of Howard and Bennett Cassens of Faulkton with scores of 78.

Jevin Goertz of James Valley Christian was tied for 11th with an 82, while Cody Cavanaugh of De Smet had an 84 to share the 15th spot.

Ryan Stahl of JVC and Rett Osthus of De Smet had scores of 85 to claim a share of the 20th spot, while Derek Brueggemann of Miller was a stroke back, tied for 27th.

Jacob Messmer of Wessington Springs finished the opening round at 89, which placed him in a tied for 38th. Teagan Mason of Iroquois/Doland shot a 95, while Kalen Garry of De Smet finished at 98 and Brody Leisinger of Highmore-Harrold had a 103.

Great Plains Lutheran of Watertown held the top spot in the Class B boys’ standings entering the second round with a 253. Platte-Geddes was second at 256, followed by Chester at 257. Deubrook and Ipswich shared the fourth spot with scores of 259.

De Smet was seventh heading into the second round with a 267.

The final 18 holes will be played today, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Class B girls
BROOKINGS — Jayce Pugh of Miller is posed to make a run at the title in the Class B State Girls’ Golf Tournament. The seventh-grader shot an 83 on Monday at Edgebrook Golf Course to claim the third spot in the individual standings heading into the final round.

Kaylee Johnson of Estelline/Hendricks and Greta Anderson of Bison had scores of 80 to share the lead after the first 18 holes of play on Monday. Allison Kahler of Bison was fourth at 84, while Adisyn Indahl of Burke and Abigail Svatos of Andes Central/Dakota Christian shared the fifth spot in the 99-golfer field with scores of 86.

Olivia Rink of James Valley Christian shared the 40th spot with a 98, while Kaihlyn Anderberg of Miller had a 100 to share the 50th spot.

Dayton Easton of Sanborn Central/Woonsocket shot a 105, while Cassi Vanderwerff of Miller had a 107. Jalen Holm of Clark/Willow Lake and Mackenzie Kopecky of Miller had scores of 127 and 129, respectively.

Miller had a score of 290 to sit ninth in the team standings after the first day of competition. The Rustlers are less than 10 strokes out of fourth place.

Estelline/Hendricks holds the top spot with a 268, while Bison is second at 275. White River is third at 278, followed by Howard at 281 and Deubrook at 283.

The final 18 holes will be played today, beginning at 8:30 a.m. 

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