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Lakeview, Wild Oaks will be ready to host state tourneys

Lakeview Golf Course and Wild Oak Golf Course were forced to close for about a week in mid-April due to the recent snow storm. However, both are back open and don't think the recent wet weather will impact their ability to host the Class B state ...

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Lakeview Golf Course and Wild Oak Golf Course were forced to close for about a week in mid-April due to the recent snow storm.

However, both are back open and don't think the recent wet weather will impact their ability to host the Class B state tournaments on June 3-4. The boys compete at Wild Oak Golf Course and the girls at Lakeview Golf Course.

Lakeview originally opened in the last week of March, while Wild Oak opened April 5. And despite a few wet spots on each course, neither experienced winter damage.

"There's a few areas that have water problems, but the course came through the winter really good," Lakeview manager Eric Hieb said. "No winter damage on any greens. They've mowed the greens 10, 11 times and starting to get those in shape. ... But by state tournament time, the course will be in great shape."
Hieb added it will take a week to clean up the fallen tree branches, too.

For Wild Oak, manager Dave Backlund said the bottom 9 flooded in March, but "is in super shape." Wild Oak uses a nine-pump system to send the water back into Firesteel Creek.

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"We started pumping and got it off in a couple of days," Backlund said. "When the water is that cold, it doesn't harm the turf or anything. Now the river is so high that it slowly leaks back through the banks, so we have a few spots here or there that we have to continue to pump off."

Now, Backlund is hoping for sun and warm weather to dry off the course in time for Wild Oak first tournament-the boys Region B tournament on May 21.

"Besides our normal tournament run, we don't have anything above that," Backlund said, adding there were also no changes to the course this season.

Hieb highlighted Lakeview hosting the South Dakota Golf Association pre-seniors and seniors tournament on August 23-24.

As for changes to the course, none have been made this year, but one is in the works. Lakeview plans on moving the green on Hole No. 11 farther north and away from the tee box on Hole No. 12. There's no timetable for the move, according to Hieb.

"With people hitting their second shots into 11, it's so close to that tee box on 12 that sometimes wayward shots get hit over by 12," Hieb said. "We want to take that factor away from people hitting their second shots accidentally over by 12 tee. That's been in discussion for two to three years now."

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