CUSTER – All five of Hot Springs' boys golfers qualified for the upcoming State Class “A” Golf Tournament following the team's best round of the season this past Monday in Custer, Sept. 24, which resulted in a runner-up finish in the overall Region 4A team standings.
Hot Springs head coach Dave Merrill said that he and his assistant coaches Jay Miller and Barry Vollmer are “very proud” of the team's performance at Rocky Knolls Golf Course in Custer as they shot a season-best four-person, 18-hole score of 385.
The Custer Wildcats captured the region crown on their home course with a score of 348. St. Thomas More placed third with a score of 405 and will also advance to the state meet in Dell Rapids next week, on Oct. 1-2. Other teams competing included Little Wound (449) and Lead-Deadwood (451), along with Belle Fourche, Red Cloud and Pine Ridge.
The Region 4A medalist honors went to Little Wound’s Lance Christensen with an 18-hole score of 83, followed by Custer’s Austin Eggers (84), STM’s Carter Janssen (85), Custer’s Dylan Polzine (86) and STM’s Cade Kandolin (87).
Despite not having an individual golfer in the top-five, the Bison utilized consistent play across their board from their five-member team, which was led by junior Mason Van Bibber who placed eighth overall with an 18-hole round of 90, followed by freshman Jacob Harris in 10th place with a round of 92.
Junior Zane Cope shot a 99 and placed 12th overall, followed closely by seventh-grade teammate Modes Kerr with a 104 in 14th place and sophomore Hayden VanBibber with a 114 in 19th place.
“This score is a season's best for the team as well as season's best for Mason, Zane, Modes and Hayden, Jacob had one lower score this season,” said Coach Merrill. “A good time to shoot well! Good job to these young men!”
Earlier last week, the Bison golfers also competed at the Black Hills Conference meet, where they placed fourth overall out of eight teams competing. Spearfish took the team title with a four-person, 18-hole score of 311. Hot Springs meanwhile shot 429.
Spearfish’s Sam Grout won the medalist honors with a one-hole sudden death playoff over teammate Jess Sacrison both carding an 18-hole score of 77.
Hot Springs was led by Jacob Harris (101), Zane Cope (102), Mason VanBibber (112), Modes Kerr (114) and Hayden VanBibber (127).
Hot Springs JV was led by Terry Reetz with a 50 (4th place), Treg Kilby with 55 (7th place), Jimmy Hayes with 64 and Chandler Simunek with 65.