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Trojans working for 2nd straight title

PARKSTON -- Pressure is not a factor for Parkston High School golfer Sydney Bormann. Last spring as an eighth grader, Bormann hit a 13-foot putt in a sudden-death playoff to win the Class A state championship over Cassidy Vollmer and Schuyler Wet...

Sydney Weber
Republic file photo Parkston's Sydney Weber puts the ball during a high school golf meet last year at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell.

PARKSTON -- Pressure is not a factor for Parkston High School golfer Sydney Bormann.

Last spring as an eighth grader, Bormann hit a 13-foot putt in a sudden-death playoff to win the Class A state championship over Cassidy Vollmer and Schuyler Wetzel, both of Hot Springs.

Bormann, now a freshman, said she doesn't feel any pressure to repeat her state championship performance from a year ago.

"I just have to remember that it is a new year and that I have to continue to work hard," Bormann said. "Last year doesn't really carry over to this year, and I know that my success is not really guaranteed so you have to keep practicing and working hard."

Bormann's first-place finish also helped the Trojans claim the 2012 team title. This year, the Trojans are looking to capture a second straight Class A state team championship with five golfers returning from last year's title team.

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Of the five returners, four finished in the top 20 at state last year. Other returners on the team besides Sydney Bormann are seniors Jordan Bormann, Taylor Bormann and Logan Wagner. There is also one other freshman returner in Sydney Weber. Newcomers are Jayden Bormann, a seventh-grader, and sophomore Sierra Stands.

Friday, the Trojans were scheduled to host the inaugural Parkston Invitational. The event, which has been postponed due to wintry weather, will likely be rescheduled, according to Trojans head coach Tyler Hockett.

Parkston wanted to put together a tournament to bring 10 of the top girls' golf teams, Class AA and A, to play 18 holes at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell and have a highly competitive meet during the season.

Despite having only played in one tournament to this point of the year and having its inaugural meet postponed, Sydney Bormann is looking forward to the season.

"We have been working hard and we are hoping for a good year," she said. "All of us are really close friends and our scores are really close, so it is nice to have that competition at practice. Everyone pushes each other at practice to become better players, and that really helps our team."

With such a deep squad, Hockett said it is possible Sydney's biggest threat at defending her state title could come from one of her teammates.

At the state tournament last season Jordan Bormann finished fifth, Wagner took 10th, Weber was 11th and Taylor Bormann was 21st. Jordan Bormann has signed to play golf with Augustana College and Wagner with Mount Marty College.

"These girls play nonstop," Hockett said. "They play in tournaments all summer. I have never seen a team more committed to their game than they are.

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"This team feels like a college-level team. ... Coming from a small school, this is pretty special, which makes it pretty special to work with such an awesome group of girls like this."

Hockett knows he has a strong squad, but says his team can't just expect another state championship.

Looking to knock the Trojans off the top spot this season will be Class A contenders Sioux Falls Christian, Hot Springs and Spearfish. Hot Springs finished second last season, Spearfish third and Sioux Falls Christian was fourth. Hockett said Sioux Falls Christian returns four players who were in the top 20 and Spearfish and Hot Springs return two players with top-20 finishes.

"We have to play our own game," Hockett said. "I tell the girls we can't worry about what everyone else is doing. We have to worry about what we have to do. I tell them every day that you are only as good as the last time you teed it up, which means we have to go out and prove how good we are again this year."

Parkston played in the Southeast South Dakota Small Schools Tournament April 4 and won the tournament by 26 strokes, taking the top four individual spots.

Hockett said his team has only practiced outside a "handful of times" this season.

"Last Saturday, our top seven were out at Lakeview and we had a long practice and played 18 holes after that," he said. "But you get some good days and then some off days. It's been frustrating."

The Trojans are scheduled to play in the Madison Invite April 18 in Madison, but Hockett said he doesn't know if the course will be ready by then.

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--The Daily Republic's Brooke Cersosimo contributed to this report.

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