Frank Cutler downplayed the Class B state golf meet being moved from Mitchell to Yankton.
"It impacted everybody," the Platte-Geddes coach said.
For the Black Panthers and Bridgewater-Emery, after a wet spring, their main focus is finding consistency heading into the state golf meet on Monday and Tuesday. Due to standing water on Wild Oak Golf Course, the Class B girls will now play at Fox Run Golf Course and the boys at Hillcrest Country Club, while the Class A girls will compete at Lee Park Golf Course in Aberdeen.
"We haven't had a lot of time on the range or green," Bridgewater-Emery coach Scott Schultz said. "So (they're) just trying to get themselves a little consistency heading into the state meet."
Platte-Geddes is looking to have a breakthrough as a team and individually. It returns last year's seventh-place finisher Brody Boltjes, who will golf in the third group at 8:50 a.m. with Bon Homme's Carter Libis.
"(Boltjes) expects to compete with the top kids every week, and this is no exception at the state golf meet," Cutler said. "We think he can compete with everybody there. I think just consistent golf and not hitting the big number on any holes."
The Black Panthers also return all-stater Stewart Van Zee. But Cutler, who said his team has been working on hitting out of sand traps, knows his bottom-two golfers will need to step up if Platte-Geddes wants to repeat last year's second-place finish as a team.
"You need either Dawson (Hoffman) or Hayden (Koopal) to step up and have good rounds," he said. "For us to compete, we're going to need for sure one of them on both days."
Mariah Van Zee is the only Black Panther on the girls side after she came a stroke away from all-state honors last season. And despite not playing "the best she can play at the region," according to Cutler, he thinks she has a good chance at breaking through at state.
She will compete against a quartet of Bridgewater-Emery golfers, which won the Region 3B meet by two strokes over Garretson.
Darby Hurd, who placed third at the region meet, is the only senior. However, the Huskies were led by Shaylee Longe's second-place finish at the region meet, while Cortney Kayser also has state experience. Shania Longe also qualified on the girls side, with Jackson Stahl being the lone representative for the boys team.
"We've been fortunate to have that group together for a few years now. Those three have all been pretty solid for us," Schultz said. "... (Shania's) kind of the new one on the team, but quite capable."
Gregory's all-state golfer JJ Beck is in the first group of golfers set to tee off at 8:30 a.m.
The Burke girls are looking to defend its title after it won by 19 strokes last year. It returns all-state members Taylee Indahl, Emily Stukel and Adisyn Indahl. Bon Homme's Makayla Kelley, Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Reagan Klooz and Howard's Kenedy Koepsell were all-state last season, too.
Parkston heads into Class A state meet with confidence
Parkston isn't lacking confidence. It won the Region 3A girls golf meet and feels comfortable on Lee Park Golf Course after practicing on it on Thursday.
"The fairways are a little more generous," Parkston coach Tyler Hockett said. "And if we can get our short game on and make some putts, we'll be right up there."
Ellie Weidenbach has led the Trojans this season, placing second at the region meet. Her success has partly been due to her even-keel personality on the course, helping her land in the second group which will tee off at 8:40 a.m.
"Ellie doesn't ride emotional highs," Hockett said. "You really can't tell where she's at. She has an even-keel demeanor. I think her poise is a strength for her, and she's a competitor."
It's more than just Weidenbach, though. Hockett thinks both seniors Dani Norden and Tylee Neugebauer can finish "well into the top 20," while Hanna Jackson also has state experience. Parkston finished third as a team last year.
"This group has picked up where we left off and coming into their own as a team," Hockett said. "... We have to have everyone playing up to their capability. Everybody's got a little bit of skin in the game."
Wagner is led by Caitlyn Stimpson finished 11th last season, and will start at 8:50 a.m.