YANKTON-Taylee Indahl's par putt on No. 18 at Fox Run Golf Course put an exclamation point on another Burke state golf championship.
Indahl sank a 30-foot par putt to hold off Deubrook Area's Courtni Frank for the individual medalist honors at the Class B state golf tournament on Tuesday. The putt also helped give the Cougars their second straight state title, edging out the Dolphins by four strokes (541-545).
"I was so excited," Indahl said about the final putt. "I threw my hands in the air and at that point I knew I had a good chance at winning it, but Courtni Frank, she is a really good golfer and I knew she might make that putt."
Frank's par putt just missed and she tapped in for bogey, which prevented a playoff between the two golf aces. Indahl finished with a 23-over-par 167, while Frank finished just one shot back.
The two duked it out down the stretch. Indahl took advantage of Frank's double bogey on the par-4, No. 16 hole and took a one shot lead. But Frank parred the par-3, No. 17 hole and Indahl bogeyed to even it up going to the No. 18 hole.
Indahl's second shot on No. 18 sailed past the green and her third rolled below the hole, leaving her with an uphill putt for par. Frank's par opportunity was downhill.
Indahl's mindset was to two-putt and settle for a playoff, but instead drilled the putt in front of a crowd of golfers, coaches and spectators.
"I aimed for the center of the hole and I said I was going to hit it and see where it goes," Indahl said. "I hit it and sure enough it went dead center of the hole and it went straight in and it kind of made a little pop into the hole."
Indahl's mother and coach, Billie Jo, was watching from atop the green and also thought a playoff was imminent.
"It was nerve-racking," Billie Jo said. "But yet fun to watch to see how it all broke down. I thought we were going to have a playoff. When Taylee sank that really long putt, that was an awesome way to end it. That was pretty cool."
Taylee Indahl claimed second-place honors last season to teammate and current Doane University golfer Tressa Bull by one stroke. Indahl now also joins her mother as an individual state champion. Billie Jo (Beckers) Indahl won the individual state title in 1996 as the Cougars also won the team title that season.
"It really did bring a lot of memories," Billie Jo said. "So it was kind of fun to share that with her."
Indahl's other daughter, Adisyn, tied for seventh place with a 183. Emily Stukel shot a 197 and finished in 19th place to help spark the repeat title. Brecken Bartling shot a 201 and finished in 27th place.
"I am just so happy for them to be able to do it again," Billie Jo said. "We knew coming in it was going to be Deubrook and we knew we were going to have a battle. It's exactly the way it went down and that's the way it should be at a state tournament. I have to give kudos to Deubrook, too. They did a great job."
It's nothing new for the Class B powerhouses to finish atop the leaderboard. The Dolphins won state championships from 2014-2017, with the Cougars finishing second each year. Burke got the monkey off its back last season with the state title over the Dolphins.
"Every year we always bring out the best in each other," Taylee said. "... We are always battling back and forth. It's fun."
Taylee (junior) and Adisyn (eighth-grader) will both return next season, but the Cougars will graduate Stukel and Bartling.
"We will definitely miss our two seniors," Billie Jo said. "It will be hard to see them go, but I am so glad it ended for them the way it did."
Platte-Geddes boys claim second
The Platte-Geddes boys golf team continued its upward trend at state.
During a rain-filled season, the Black Panthers didn't win a tournament until the pre-region meet and they continued to progress down the stretch.
"We are happy with our season the way we finished," Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said. "We didn't win any tournaments until the pre-region. Won the pre-region. Won the region and got second here. So a great finish for our kids."
Platte-Geddes finished second to James Valley Christian at the Hillcrest Country Club during the Class B boys state tournament. The Vikings finished with a 490, while the Black Panthers shot a 509.
"We would have had to have played just really, really outstanding today to catch James Valley Christian," Cutler said. "... We got it down to eight at one time and then we didn't finish real well, but we finished well enough to finish second. So you have to be happy with that after losing a couple of seniors from a year ago and a couple of new kids in. So happy with the finish."
Brody Boltjes spearheaded the runner-up finish. The sophomore claimed fourth place with a 15-over-par 159, finishing six shots behind James Valley Christian individual champ Austin Boomsma.
"I was just getting out of the box well and around the hole and with not very many strokes," Boltjes said about his final round. "That was the greatest goal of mine and take away the double bogeys and keep it low."
Boltjes carded a 78 on Tuesday, shooting a 38 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine.
"He's just pretty consistent," Cutler said. "I know he would have liked to have shot a little better and got himself him in position to win this thing, but just didn't quite get some putts to fall. But he's very consistent and that's why he's up there in that last group and finished fourth."