BROOKINGS -- Brody Boltjes began the final round of the Class B boys golf championship five strokes back. Four holes in, his luck didn’t get much better.
Then he caught fire.
The Platte-Geddes senior bogeyed the third and fourth holes Tuesday at Brookings Country Club, but then birdied four of the last five holes on the front nine to take the lead. Boltjes widened his advantage on Great Plains Lutheran’s Day One leader Sam Hansen on the back nine, shooting par or better six of nine holes and held off Faulkton Area’s Bennett Cassens to claim the state title by one stroke.
Boltjes shot a tournament-best 74 in the final round and finished the tournament with an 8-over-par 152. Cassens finished with a 153, while Hansen and Deuel’s Tanner Preheim tied for third with a 156. Wall’s Reid Hanson and Wessington Springs’ Blake Larson tied for fifth with a 157.
The Black Panthers finished second to Chester Area in the team standings by two strokes. Chester Area posted a 68-over-par 500, while Platte-Geddes finished with a 70-over-par 502. Deubrook Area was third with a 506, while De Smet and Great Plains Lutheran tied for fourth with a 514. Gregory was sixth with a 519.
“I knew that I had to put the pedal on the gas and just go for it because (Hansen) had a really low score the first day,” Boltjes said. “I had to come out shooting well and do my best and hope that something would happen and work out for me.”
Boltjes was not aware he won until Cassen’s group finished, but he knew the Black Panthers were out of the hunt for the team title. Platte-Geddes and Chester were tied heading into Boltjes’ final hole but Chase McDonald chipped in a deep birdie on the 18th hole to deliver the dagger for the Flyers.
McDonald finished seventh with a 158, one stroke ahead of Howard’s Lane Hodges.
Platte-Geddes’ Dawson Hoffman tied for ninth with McIntosh’s Wyatt Larson to post a 160. Like Boltjes, Hoffman and Jadon Peterson (193) all started slow but rallied to better their scores from the first round. Peterson improved his score by seven strokes.
The Black Panthers have now been the runner-up in Class B three times since 2015.
“(McDonald) made a big shot that went in, but it’s very difficult,” Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said. “We’ve been knocking at the door for six-seven years and we wanted to tip the door open and get the gold medal this time. We’re not disappointed with second, it’s just the way it ended.”
Indahl improves in final round, places fifth in Class B girls
BROOKINGS -- Burke’s Adisyn Indahl started the final round six strokes off the lead, but no one could keep pace with Miller’s Jayce Pugh in the Class B girls golf championship Tuesday.
Indahl improved her score by two strokes in the final round at Edgebrook Golf Course, but Pugh shot a tournament-low 75 to finish with an 18-over-par 158, topping Estelline/Hendricks’ Kaylee Johnson and Bison’s Allison Kahler by three strokes. Greta Anderson was fourth with a 167, while Indahl took fifth with a 30-over-par 170.
Deubrook Area’s Bailey Landmark placed sixth with a 173, while Bon Homme’s Makayla Kelley improved her first-round score by eight strokes to finish tied for seventh with Andes Central/Dakota Christian’s Abigail Svatos, both finishing with 174. Svatos was tied with Indahl following the first round and shot an 88 Tuesday.
Lyman’s Izzy McNaughton tied for 14th with Colman-Egan’s Berkley Groos with a 182. James Valley Christian's Olivia Rink hit a hole-in-one on 11th hole. Rink placed 26th with a 189.
Estelline/Hendricks captured the team championship with a 122-over-par 542, edging Bison by two strokes. Deubrook was third with a 554, while Howard (559) and White River (560) rounded out the top-five.
Sioux Falls Christian dominates Class A, Winner girls take third
SPEARFISH -- Winner Area placed third at the Class A girls golf championship Tuesday, but Sioux Falls Christian ran away with the title by 30 strokes.
The Chargers finished with a 143-over par 719, toppling second-place Sisseton, which totaled a 749. Winner carded a 764, while Vermillion was fourth with a 788 and St. Thomas More was fifth with an 820 at Spearfish Canyon Country Club.
Beresford’s Maiya Muller won the individual championship, scoring an 11-over-par 155 to edge Sisseton’s Kelsey Heath by one stroke. Sioux Falls Christian’s Sydney Tims was third with a 169, while St. Thomas More’s Rylan Horning was fourth with a 172. Mobridge-Pollock’s Callie Weisbeck, Flandreau’s Keva Bursheim and Sisseton’s Kierra Silk each shot a 173 to finish in a three-way tie for fifth.
Winner’s Rylee Root placed 11th with a 177.