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Parkston takes second; Weber finishes third in Class A golf tourney

Parkston’s Ty Kinneberg takes his second shot on seventh hole during the second round of the Class A state golf tournament Tuesday at Central Valley Golf Club in Hartford. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

Under Tuesday’s windy circumstances, Parkston senior Jake Weber saved his best for his final round in Trojan blue.

After shooting an 85 in Monday’s opening round, Weber shot 2-under par Tuesday for a 70 in the second round of the Class A state boys’ golf tournament in Hartford.Weber’s 70 was the lowest score carded Tuesday by six strokes.

“It felt amazing,” he said. “It was the best feeling I could have. I just knew I had nothing to lose and after I didn’t perform well Monday, I knew I had to do the best I could and it just clicked.”

Weber finished third individually, trailing leader Michael Duch, of Aberdeen Roncalli, by seven strokes.

“What a charge he made,” Parkston head coach Tyler Hockett said of Weber. “He stepped on the gas and wow. He’s going to have a future for him in college.”

All of the Trojans made a charge in the second round, fighting back from a first-day eight-stroke deficit. But Parkston fell one stroke shy of the state title, shooting a 663 after two rounds. Dell Rapids, which finished fourth in 2012, ended the tournament with a 662.

“Came down to one putt on the 18th hole and the Dell Rapids kid made it,” Hockett said. “They were the team to beat with their experience, and our kids gained some of that.

“Eighth is the best we’ve ever done as a team, so even though we came up short, I had an incredible year with these guys. I’m proud of them.”

Along with Weber, Parkston had two others finish in the top 20. Ty Kinneberg shot an 87 Tuesday for a two-day total of 163 and tied for eighth with Dakota Valley’s Ben Williams. Garret Hohn carded an 86 and tied for 18th with a final score of 170.

Winner’s Jayden Bruun tied for 12th place after shooting an 82 Tuesday for a two-round total of 166.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.