The Tanager boy’s golf team is still grinding out practices daily at The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion and has continued to have great results during this fall season. Recently, both the varsity and junior varsity teams have showcased their home course with the Vermillion Invite and travelled up I-29 to take on Lennox in a dual meet.
The varsity squad had a strong showing during the home Vermillion Invite at The Bluffs on September 9th. The Tanagers took home third in a close team competition that featured the best in the area. West Central won the 2021 invite with a score of 327, followed by Sioux Falls Christian at 332. Vermillion was third with a 338 and Tea was fourth, carding a total score of 342.
Willis Robertson and TJ Tracy led Vermillion as both Tanagers shot 82 on the day. Roberston was awarded the tie breaker due to scorecard rules and finished 9th overall, Tracy would finish 10th. Both Vermillion golfers would earn two birdies on the day. Tracy finished his round with a total of seven pars, Robertson would have six pars in his round.
Trey Hansen and Ben Burbach entered the clubhouse at the end of the day with scores of 87 apiece. Hansen would finish 21st and Burbach 23rd, again due to scorecard rules. Burbach carded a total of eight pars on the day, Hansen with six.
And rounding out the Vermillion varsity scorecard was Carter Hansen, finishing with six pars and one birdie, good enough for a round of 88.
Vermillion’s junior varsity was in fine fashion as well. Vermillion’s JV finished 9th overall on the day, mixed in with varsity competition. There were no other junior varsity teams allowed due to the number of entrants in the meet.
The junior varsity squad was led by Karson Preister who recorded nine pars en route to a round of 84, good for 13th overall.
Kade Ruevers finished with a round of 88 that included a birdie at the par four 11th hole. His round was good for 30th place overall.
Jackson Girard and Kaleb Preister both shot 95, with Preister earning 43rd place and Girard 45th.
Rylan Moran shot a 97 on the day finishing in 49th place overall and Jack Moskowitz shot 122 finishing in 80th place.
Vermillion’s quick trip up north saw the boy’s golf team victorious over Dakota XII conference foe Lennox 163-184. The dual was held at Lenkota Country Club on the west side of Lennox. The nine-hole facility took damage from a recent tornado, making playing conditions a little tough for both squads.
Senior Ben Burbach led all scores on the afternoon with his round of 38. Burbach narrowly edged Lennox’s Caleb Wipf by one stroke.
Carter Hansen’s round of 41 was good for third place in the dual. Carter was followed by his younger brother Trey Hansen with a round of 42. Willis Robertson also carded a 42.
Carter Mart shot a 47 and TJ Tracy recorded a 49 to round out the varsity scores for Vermillion.
In the junior varsity division, Vermillion was again on top after the round with a score of 177-233.
Cooper and Jackson Girard led Vermillion’s JV both shooting a round of 42. Girard was followed by Karson Preister with a 46, Kade Ruevers and Kaleb Priester who both finished with 47. Rylan Moran shot a 49 and Jack Moskowitz finished with a 55.
Playing individually were seventh graders Ayden Clodfelter, Jacob Emerson and Mason Freeling. Freeling recording a round of 55, Emerson a 56 and Clodfelter 59.
Vermillion is in action this week, at the varsity and junior varsity Dakota XII conference meets. Both meets were affected by early week rains and moved from their originally scheduled dates. Full results will be available in next week’s Plain Talk.