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Mitchell golf courses ready to host Class B state tourneys

Big things are on the horizon for both Mitchell golf courses this year.

Both the Lakeview Golf Course and the Wild Oak Golf Club will host Class B high school state tournaments in May.

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Lakeview hosts the Class B girls on May 19-20, while Wild Oak hosts the boys on the same days.

“This is the first year we have had high school tournaments at our course,” Wild Oak Director of Operations Dave Backlund Jr. said Wednesday. “It is nice to see us and Lakeview host the state tournaments, it shows that we have two really good courses here in town.”

Wild Oak also hosts the Class B boys pre-region tournament May 5-6, the DWU Teamaker tournament May 16 and the DWU golf camp June 2-4. Wild Oak officially opened its season on April 15. Backlund said the course has looked good early this year, including last weekend for the Easter holiday.

“It was a great weekend, it was one of the first back-to-back nice weekends we have had in a long time,” Backlund said. “We had a lot of walk-in play. We need some rain, but the course for the most part has weathered pretty good. We don’t have too much winter kill that we can tell as of yet.”

As for Lakeview, clubhouse manager Dan Sabers said the Easter weekend turnout was great for the course. He said Lakeview had six full hours of tee times booked on Saturday and four full hours of tee times booked on Sunday. Sabers said the course hosted 200 players on Saturday.

“We were swamped on Saturday,” Sabers said. “It was a great weekend. It was one of the best weekends we have had since we opened this year.”

Lakeview opened its season on March 13. This year the course will also host the South Dakota Golf Association state two-man competition for the first time ever. The two-man competition is June 7-8. On June 1, the Big Dummies two-person tournament also comes to Lakeview.

“Lakeview might have the nicest municipal in the state,” Sabers said. “For us to have the state two-man tournament means the SDGA recognizes that, so we might have the best course for the dollar in the state.”

Chamberlain Golf Course manager Carol Powers said she hadn’t finished her tournament schedule yet, but was hoping for a good season. The Chamberlain Golf Course opened up last week and is set to start its men’s league May 6 and its women’s league May 7.

“So far we look excellent, we had no winter kill and our greens look really good,” Powers said. “We put in a double-head irrigation system last year so we are going to get to more water than we have in the past.”