Parkston girls' repeat at state golf tournament
Despite playing only two holes of golf Tuesday, Parkston became a repeat state champion.
The Trojan girls' golf team and the rest of the Class A field had play stopped early at Pine Hills Golf Course in Milbank because of rain showers at the second and final day of the state meet.
The result was a Parkston girls' golf team winning its second consecutive title, as it held a three-stroke lead after the first day of competition. When the second day was called off because of rain, the scores from the first day became the final results.
After wrapping up its repeat state title, Parkston completed a season in which it won all 10 contests it competed in as a team.
"I honestly feel like you have to talk about this team as one of the best Class A girls teams ever assembled," Parkston coach Tyler Hockett said. " ... I don't know if people really know how dominant of a team this was. It was very unbelievable to watch and I am very proud of them."
All five of the Parkston golfers finished in the top 20 in the individual standings. Leading the way was defending state champion Sydney Bormann, who finished in third place behind Kiersten Warkenthien, of Sioux Falls Christian, and newly crowned state champion Cassidy Vollmer, of Hot Springs. Vollmer won the tournament after shooting an 82 in the opening round, and Sydney Bormann was three strokes behind with an 85.
The Trojans began their day with a 9 a.m. shotgun start in hopes of completing 18 holes.
Once the rain hit, the decision was made to cancel the second day of the tournament because of course conditions. As a team, Parkston shot a 350 on Monday to narrowly edge Sioux Falls Christian by three-strokes.
"It feels great to win another championship," said Parkston golfer and recent graduate Logan Wagner. "It was a great way for me, Jordan Bormann and Taylor Bormann to end our careers, but I think we were all disappointed, considering how much better we felt we could golfed. ... But we were happy that we got the win, despite the way it happened."
The last time the second day of the Class A girls' golf tournament was canceled was in 2009 in Rapid City, Hockett said. The Trojans now have three girls golf state championships in program history. In addition to Tuesday's victory, Parkston took the 2012 and 2008 titles.
"Our girls started off on fire today," Hockett said. "They were ready and excited for (Tuesday) and totally ready to redeem themselves from Monday's round. Then the horn sounded, which meant that everything was done. I was a little disappointed the tournament ended early, because that held some of the girls back from reaching personal goals they set."
Wagner shot an 86 and finished fifth Parkston, Jordan Bormann took sixth with an 88, Taylor Bormann shot 91 for 11th and Sydney Weber was 16th after shooting a 95. Sydney Bormann, Jordan Bormann and Wagner were named to the Class A all-tournament team.
Of Parkston's 10 tournaments this season, Sydney Bormann won five individual championships and Jordan Bormann won two, including the Region 3A girls' golf tournament May 14 in Pierre. At the region meet, the Trojans also shot a season-low, school-record score of 295.