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Canistota’s Seubert, Aberdeen Christian take championships

Drew Seubert, of Canisota, tees off on the 15th hole during the second day of Class B boys’ golf tournament at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell Tuesday. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Canistota’s Drew Seubert took a lead into the second round of the Class B boys state tournament for the second straight year, but this time held off the competition to take home the title.

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Seubert followed up his strong 73 from Monday with a 78 in the second round Tuesday at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell. His two-round total of 151 was seven strokes better than Philip’s Tristen Rush, who carded a 158 for second place.

“I wasn’t as nervous as last year and I thought I handled it pretty well,” Seubert said, adding that having a cushion heading into the final few holes helped him stay calm.

In a close race through the final few holes, Aberdeen Christian held off a handful of challengers to claim the school’s first Class B state team title with a score of 497. The team was led by Cramer Johnson, who took seventh with a 162. 

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” Aberdeen Christian coach Gary Aderhold said shortly after the tournament ended. “We knew we had four talented golfers, but we didn’t come to the tournament with the expectation of winning it.”

Hamlin finished second with a 500, Deubrook Area placed third with a 508, while Garretson was fourth with 509. Howard (510) and Platte-Geddes (511) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Seubert carded three birdies in his final round and said a familiarity with the Wild Oak course helped him in the tournament.

“I’ve golfed here four times this year and it helped knowing where to place my shots,” he said.

The sophomore said his short game was the difference over the two days at Wild Oak, and the experience gained with the win this year should propel him to a strong final two seasons with the Hawks.

Andes Central’s J.J. Cooney finished fourth with a 160, while Gregory’s Paul Taggart took 10th with a 163. Jevon Hohn, of Wessington Springs, and Platte-Geddes’ Colten Plooster finished tied for 17th with a 168.