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Parkston, Kinneberg in 4th at Class A state golf tourney

Winner’s Jayden Bruun sinks a putt during the first round of the Class A boys’ state tournament Monday at Central Valley Golf Club in Hartford. Also pictured is Jake Weber, of Parkston. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

HARTFORD — Parkston coach Tyler Hockett said nerves got to his boys’ golf team on the first day of the Class A state tournament Monday.

“This was our highest round of the year and we shot 25 strokes higher than we did at our practice round in the cold rain on Sunday,” he said.

The Trojans are in fourth with a 331 after the opening day of the two-day tournament, which is held in Hartford. They are eight strokes behind leader Dell Rapids (323). Aberdeen Roncalli and Madison are tied for second with 328s. 

“A lot of our guys shot 10 higher than their averages,” Hockett said. “I hope they believe in themselves because we can still make it happen. I’ve seen much bigger comebacks made than eight shots.”

Parkston’s best finisher was Ty Kinneberg. He finished the first round with a 76 and is in fourth. Kinneberg is four strokes behind leader Michael Duch, of Aberdeen Roncalli, who shot a 72.

“Ty was the only one who really put it together, and I’m very excited for him,” Hockett said. “We need everyone else to follow.”

Kinneberg will tee off in the lead group at 11 a.m., but the second round of the tournament begins at 9 a.m.

Winner’s top golfer after the first round is Jayden Bruun, who is tied for 18th with Parkston’s Garret Hohn and four others with an 84.