Hammer, Toscano claim SDGA match play titles
SIOUX FALLS -- A pair of collegiate golf standouts were the champions at the South Dakota Golf Association’s Match Play Championships on Sunday at Willow Run Golf Course.
In the men’s competition, Bryce Hammer, a Sioux Falls O’Gorman graduate and incoming junior at Iowa State University, won the men’s division, while Teresa Toscano, a standout at South Dakota State University was the women’s champion.
Hammer, who was seeded third, defeated top-seeded and SDGA championship stalwart Ryan Jansa, of Sioux Falls, 2 and 1. Hammer was 1-up at the turn and held a 2-hole lead after 14 holes. Jansa won the 15th hole, before the pair halved No. 16. Hammer then drained a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to win the hole and the match.
Hammer defeated seventh-seeded University of South Dakota golfer Ben Daane, of Rapid City, 5 and 4, in the semifinals, while Jansa defeated 29th seeded Jonah Dohrer, an incoming junior at South Dakota State University from Aberdeen, by a 4 and 3 score.
In the women's division championship, Brookings’ Teresa Toscano claimed the state match play championship, winning 2 and 1 over Kali Trautman, of Sioux Falls. Toscano led for most of the match, carrying a 2-up lead through 13 holes. Trautman, a former Augustana University golfer and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s golfer of the year in 2018, won the 15th hole to bring the match back to within a one-hole margin, but Toscano won the 16th hole to go back 2-up and a halved hole at No. 17 gave her the championship.
The Spanish-born Toscano, who played the 2019-20 season as a senior at South Dakota State University and is a two-time all-Summit League first-team golfer.
Connor Preston, a former Dakota Wesleyan University golfer from Aberdeen, claimed the Consolation No. 1 bracket victory, with a 5 and 3 win over Rob Hollan, of Sioux Falls.
Tyler VanHecke, of Mitchell, finished second in the Consolation No. 2 men’s bracket, facing Darin Richards, of Harrisburg. VanHecke was 1 up through 13 holes, before Richards recorded victories on No. 14 and No. 15 to take the lead. The two golfers then halved the final three holes, allowing Richards the consolation bracket win.
Hanna Morin, a Augustana golfer who lives in Sioux Falls, won the women’s consolation title by a 3 and 1 margin over Aberdeen’s Sydney Wirebaugh, who plays collegiately at SDSU.