PIERRE -- Aberdeen Central made a strong showing at the Eastern South Dakota Conference boys’ golf tournament on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles, with a team score of 319, placed second in the team standings, just eight strokes in back of Yankton. Tyler Foster (78) and eighth-grader Jonah Dohrer (79) led the Central effort, in sixth and seventh place respectively.
“We knew that going in if we could get four of our kids shooting in the 70s, like we were capable of doing, we would have a shot at Yankton,” said Central coach Kurt Drube. “I thought Brandon Valley, Watertown and us would be the three teams able to challenge them.”
Yankton’s Jace Guthmiller fired a round of 74 to take medalist honors. Teammate Logan Megard was fifth. The top 15 golfers were named all-conference.
“Tyler had a really solid round, he hit the ball well and just had a lot of opportunities,” Drube said. “Jonah had an awesome day. He was real consistent.”
Drube noted that two golfers, Trevor Hieb and Conner Preston, finished just out of the top 15. Hieb’s score of 80 was an important one for Central, Drube said.
“He struggled right off the bat, but grinded it out the rest of the way, and came in with a score that counted for us,” Drube said.
Next up for Central will be the State AA tournament on Oct. 7 in Brandon.
Team Scores: Yankton 311, Aberdeen Central 319, Brandon Valley 322, Watertown 324, Huron 334, Harrisburg 348, Pierre 349, Mitchell 354, Brookings 357.
Top 15 Individuals: 1, Jace Guthmiller, Yankton, 74; 2, Jake Steen, Brookings, 75; 3, Cade McLaughlin, Harrisburg, 77; 4, Colton Hanson, Watertown, 77; 5, Logan Megard, Yankton, 78; 6, Tyler Foster, Aberdeen Central, 78; 7, Jonah Dohrer, Aberdeen Central, 79; 8, Jaron Welch, Mitchell, 79; 9, Austin Burt, Watertown, 79; 10, Tanner Fjerestad, Brandon Valley, 79; 11, Greg Koehn, Brandon Valley, 79; 12, Mitche Schlingman, Yankton, 79; 13, Cole Peterson, Huron, 80; 14, Andrew Van Gerpen, Pierre, 80; 15, Lane Sawatzke, Yankton, 80.
Other Aberdeen Central Results: Trevor Hieb, 80; Conner Preston, 82; Cameron Huff, 89; Stuart Farrand, 92.