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Finally first: Bull, Indahl lead Burke/South Central to elusive Class B title

WATERTOWN--Tressa Bull had tears in her eyes when she found out her bogey on Hole No. 18 at Prairie Winds Golf Club won Burke/South Central the Class B team title and her the individual title.

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WATERTOWN-Tressa Bull had tears in her eyes when she found out her bogey on Hole No. 18 at Prairie Winds Golf Club won Burke/South Central the Class B team title and her the individual title.

"I've been working hard, and it's just a pleasure because the team has been working hard," Bull said.

After a strong first day score of 263, Burke/South Central shot a 260 on day two to win with a score of 523. It ended a four-year stretch of second-place finishes, as Deubrook Area, the team that has won the last four girls Class B state championships, finished 19 strokes behind in second.

"It feels so good," Billie Jo Indahl, Burke/South Central's head coach, said. "With it being Tressa's senior year, we really wanted to get over the hump. She's been at the state tournament since her eighth-grade year. It means a lot to us and the school."

Bull played a big role in Burke/South Central's win, shooting a 41 on the front nine and 41 on the back nine on Tuesday. On the day, Bull had eight pars and birdied Hole No. 16. Still, she and Taylee Indahl, her sophomore teammate, were tied heading into the last hole.

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Bull wasn't able to check the score on the course, making her unaware that Indahl double-bogeyed Hole No. 18. A bogey on No. 18 gave Bull a two-day score of 167, one stroke ahead of Taylee.

"Maybe a little," Taylee said, with a laugh, when asked if she was hoping Bull would miss a couple of putts on the final hole. "But I'm so proud of her with the way she finished."

Indahl had two birdies on the day to go along with seven pars.

"Taylee and Tressa are so consistent," Billie Jo said. "They were back-and-forth at one all year."

Bull, Taylee Indahl and coach Indahl all called the state title a team effort.

Junior Emily Stukel placed 16th with a 188, while Adisyn Indahl, Taylee's seventh-grade sister, carded a 190 for 18th. Both shot a 94 on Tuesday.

"Being that close to my own teammate is really nice," Bull said. "It makes it even better to win it, but to know next year they have just as good of a chance to win it also."

Howard finished in third with 545 strokes.

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Boltjes leads Platte-Geddes to second place

Platte-Geddes knew it had a chance at a high finish at the boys Class B team state tournament after it shot a 248 on Monday, the second-best day one score. It shot a 250 on day two and was able to hold onto second, tying with Parker.

"Coming in, we thought we could be in the top five or six, and we played well enough (Monday)," head coach Frank Cutler said. "When you get to this point, it's a little disappointing not to get first place."

Platte-Geddes played well, but Great Plains Lutheran, which shot a 472, played a little better.

Freshman Brody Boltjes led the Panthers in seventh with a score of 158. Although, after being in the lead for part of day one and ending the day in a tie for second, day two didn't go as planned.

"I struggled right away," Boltjes said. "I didn't really get anything going until the back nine when I calmed down a little bit more. I didn't think about it as much."

Boltjes hit a birdie on Hole No. 2, but he bogeyed the rest of the front nine besides a par on Hole No. 9. He started the back nine with a birdie, then rattled off six pars, including three to end the tournament.

"We kind of expect that," Cutler said. "He's a tremendous player, and he's really consistent. In some respects, he's disappointed in ending up seventh."

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Boltjes missed all-state by one stroke, yet still improved on his ninth place finish from a year ago.

Platte-Geddes had three golfers shoot under a 90 on both days. Stewart Van Zee shot an 83 on both days and tied for 17th. He started day two with five pars on the front nine. Payton Foxley tied for 35th after shooting an 86 on Tuesday.

Aberdeen Christian's Judah Aderhold won the individual title by two strokes, with a score of 148.

In second was JJ Beck, of Gregory. The junior, who chews on six golf tees every nine holes, shot a 73 on Tuesday after shooting a 77 on day one. His day two included birdies on Holes No. 12 and 14.

"One of the par 4s that I drove, I knew if I birdied it I would go one-under, and I'd have a shot at placing top three," Beck said. "I was pretty excited at that point. I had to calm the nerves."

If Beck was nervous, it didn't show. He shot par on three of the final four holes.

"I shot a great round, but Judah came out firing," Beck said. "You can't do anything about that besides sitting back and watch."

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