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Mitchell-area golfers score top-5 finishes at SDGA Senior Championship

The SDGA's Senior Championship was contested Saturday and Sunday at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS — A number of area golfers posted top finishes at the South Dakota Golf Association men's Senior and pre-Senior Championship, which concluded Sunday at Willow Run Golf Course.

In the pre-Senior division, Chris Long, of Presho, won the state title with a final round 68 in the 36-hole event, defeating Gregory's Matt Johnson by a shot. It is Long's second pre-Senior championship and seventh SDGA championship all-time.

For the overall Senior division title, Sam Prue, of North Sioux City, shot a final round 67 to rise to the championship for a three-shot victory, shooting a gross score of 144 strokes. He was seven shots back entering the final round after Sioux Falls' Sean Farah shot an opening-round 70. Bob Waagmeester, of Sioux Falls, finished second with a score of 147 with rounds of 74 and 73, with Flandreau's Derek Burshiem taking third (78-70—148) and Mitchell golfers Brad Buche (75-74—149) and Jeff McEntee (73-76—149) finishing in a tie for fourth place.

Players in the Senior competition must be age 55 or older, while the pre-Senior division is open to golfers age 40 to 54.

In the Senior Rushmore Division, Scott Hardie, of Watertown, won the division title (75-75—150) by three shots over Mitchell's Tim McCain (79-74—153) and Dell Rapids' Lance Dusing (83-70—153). In the Oahe Division, Lyle Hullinger, of Vivian (77-80—157), won by a shot over John Hime, of Sioux Falls (80-78—158), and Brian Beckman, of Sioux Falls (79-79—158).

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In the 70-plus age group, Rapid City's Jack Sitzmann earned the victory by two strokes, shooting 77-78 for a two-day total of 155. Wessington Springs' Larry Keeton finished second at 157, followed by William Olander, of Pierre, at 159.

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