Parkston girls three-peat at Class A golf tourney
SPEARFISH — Parkston girls golf coach Tyler Hockett called his team’s accomplishment a feat rarely seen in any sport, at any level.
The Trojans took their third consecutive team state title at the Class A girls tournament Tuesday at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club with a score of 708, which was 16 strokes better than second-place Sioux Falls Christian.
“It was truly a team effort,” Sydney Bormann said. “The team title is always the main goal for us.”
Sydney Bormann, a sophomore, proved to be the class of the field, taking the individual championship with a score of 149, topping teammate Sydney Weber’s second-place performance by 13 strokes.
It was the second state title for Bormann, who has won every event she has competed in this season. The sophomore won as an eighth-grader in 2012 and finished second in the event last year, when weather forced the second round to be canceled.
“I couldn’t have asked for better weather this week,” Bormann said, adding the course in Spearfish provided a strong challenge.
Tiana Kruse carded a 199 to finished 30th for Parkston, after coming into the tournament as the team’s fifth golfer. Sierra Stands tied for 33rd with a 201, while Jayden Bormann was 39th with a 204.
“It’s pretty incredible to have the top two golfers in any class,” Hockett said. “Our first goal is that team title and the whole team banded together this week. This was truly a team effort.”
All five golfers for Parkston saw their scores increase from the first round, but Hockett said that is expected for a tournament with this much pressure.
“Day two is a lot different than day one,” Hockett said. “We got done what we needed to.”
The Trojans did not have a senior competing in the state tournament and will bring back all five of the girls next year who played a role in the team title. The Trojans have won four of the last six Class A state titles, with runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to work with such a great group of girls and I’m excited for the future,” Hockett said.
Winner finished 11th as a team, carding a score of 846. Kennede Mathis tied for 33rd to lead the Warriors with a score of 201, while Ronae Klein scored a 210 to finish 45th.
Chamberlain’s Brigitte Byrd placed 15th with a score of 184, while Wagner’s Megan Zephier and Kathleen Juffer took 71st and 72nd, respectively.