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Jade Burr continues a family tradition in her final season of girls golf at Belle Fourche High School.

Her brother Tyler played on the Broncs' varsity for six years and later competed at the collegiate level at Dakota Wesleyan University.

"We kind of play every day if we can,” said Jade Burr. “It's really nice and it's a good family activity for us."

"I started when I was able to golf," Burr said. "I carried plastic golf clubs around the course when I was three years old. I started playing at seven years old."

Burr, daughter of William and Susan Burr, enters her sixth season on the varsity squad at BFHS.

She was named to the Class A All-Tournament Team her senior and junior seasons for her play on the course.

She collected a second-place finish at the tourney in 2017, a fifth-place finish in 2016 and 2015 and a seventh-place finish in 2014.

Burr finished as a runner-up at the Black Hills Conference tournament in 2014, 2015 and 2017. She also won the Region 4A Tournament in 2016 and was the Region runner-up in 2014 and 2015.

Belle Fourche claimed a region championship in 2014, a team conference championship in 2013 and a team fourth-place finish at the state golf tournament in 2014.

"I like the fact golf is a mental game,"said Burr. "I like being around people. Chipping is my strength."

"She doesn't show a ton of emotion and focuses so well" said Belle Fourche coach Clark Gusso. "Jade always focuses on the next shot.

"In the last three years, Jade has been a great leader. It's nice to have an experienced player as leader," Gusso said.

At five feet, one inch (tall), Burr makes the most of her physical size, Gusso said.

"I've never seen a young lady get more out of her physical stature. Her swing is so consistent. She's the best I've seen with consistency," he said.

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"Jade spends hours on chipping and putting. She's dedicated and loves the game," he added.

In additon to golf, Burr was a four-year member of the Belle Fourche girls basketball team. The Lady Broncs claimed BHC and Region championships and finished sixth at the State A tourney this past season. "It was really exciting to be a part of that," said Burr.

She will follow in her brother's footsteps and play golf at DWU. "I really like the coach and education program at DWU," she said.

According to the DWU website "Jade is going to bring a very athletic and competitive element to our program," coach Tom Hoek said.

"Her character and integrity will be a great fit with our values in the program and the passion that she has for the game is apparent through her successful high school and junior golf career. Golf has been a large part of her family life which will transition right to our own golf family here on campus," Hoek said.

She will major in education and special education.

"I'd like to make it to State and do well at Region," said Burr of her goals for this season.

Rocky Run Golf Couse in Dell Rapids hosts the State A tournament on June 4-5. Burr will have the benefit of playing the Region 4A event at Belle Fourche Golf Course May 24.

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