Class AA State Golf Tournament tees off this morning in Yankton
May 20. 2013 7:24AM
The South Dakota High School Activities Association’s final four Golf State Tournaments will tee off Monday at four courses on the eastern half of the state. This year’s competitions are scheduled as two-day, 36-hole events, with the ‘AA’ girls in Yankton at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, the ‘A’ girls in Milbank at Pine Hills Golf Course. Class B will be split between two sites in Brookings – Brookings Country Club for the boys and Edgebrook Golf Course hosting the girls.
In Class ‘AA’ competition, the field is led by the return of the top four finishers from the 2012 event – medalist Hallie Getz (Pierre), runner-up Megan Mingo (Yankton), third-place finisher Kristin Sabers (Mitchell) and fourth-place finisher Haliee Pieper (Watertown). This foursome will begin Monday’s play paired together as a result of conference-tournament qualifying. Sioux Falls O’Gorman, meanwhile, is the defending ‘AA’ champion and will be seeking their fourth consecutive State Golf Team title.
The Class ‘A’ field features seven of the top ten individual finishers from the 2012 meet – including Sydney Bormann of Parkston who captured medalist honors as an 8th Grader last year in a playoff over Cassidy Vollmer of Hot Springs. Each of last year’s top five teams are back in 2013, including defending team champion Parkston, who will be looking for their third team title in five years.
Each of the 2013 Class B fields feature a pair of individual golfers highlighting the field after fighting it out for medalist honors in a playoff last year. Defending medalists Aaron Lickteig of Freeman and Tara Nihart of James Valley Christian will look to repeat as champions, with runner-ups Cal Wiese of Howard and Shauni Schwartz of Herreid leading the pack of challengers. Defending team champions South Central (girls) and White River (boys) have both qualified for this year’s event and look to capture consecutive team titles.
Full tournament information, including pairings and tee-times can be found by logging on to the SDHSAA website – www.sdhsaa.com.