Very few golfers, even those at the top, were happy with their rounds at the Black Hills Golf Classic Monday at Hart Ranch.
The Class B golfers, using the tournament as a tune-up for regionals this Monday, all said a lot of the same thing to say when they got off the course.
"Nobody really golfed well today, hopefully we get better by next Monday," Lemmon's Braydon Peterson said. "The greens are way faster, the course is way longer, we golf it twice a year so I’ve golfed it quite a bit but it’s always a challenging course."
Peterson finished tied with Newell's John Jackson for first after they both shot 91, but Jackson broke the tie with a back-nine 49 compared to Peterson's 50 on the back-nine.
He also wasn't happy with his round, but said he thought he putted well enough to win.
"My first nine I could have done a lot better, but on my back nine I fell apart on a few holes, took some shots I shouldn’t have, but it ended up decent enough," he said. "I had no three putts at all today,it’s the best I’ve putted all year, which is weird because these greens are really fast, but it worked today."
On the girls side, Philip's Josie Rush won with a 98.
"The weather was the best part of the day, my game was not there at all today, so I’m hoping Monday goes a lot better," she said. "The greens are a lot faster than my small course. I just had a rough beginning, I couldn’t stay on the greens or putt well."
Behind Rush was Abbie Nelson of Newell (99), Kassidy Wheeldreyer of Newell finished third (105), while Katie McTaggart of Newell and Camryn Shockley of Lemmon rounded out the girls top five while both shooting 115.
On the boys side, Riley Rankin of Jones County took third with a 92, Jim Brockel of Bison also shot a 92 while Carson Hamil of Philip, Alec Whitney of Jones County and Damion Breese of Wall rounded out the top five by all shooting 96.
The Scotties won the boys team title by shooting 72 over par, one ahead of Bison. Jones County finished third with a plus 75, Newell took fourth with a plus 83 and Lemmon rounded out the top five with a plus 94.
On the girls side, Newell took first with a plus 106, Timber Lake second with a plus 117, Philip took third at plus 119, White River finished fourth plus 170 and Bison was fifth at plus 205.
Distance of the course was something that was on the mind of many of the golfers Monday. Even though most of the golfers have golfed the course before, Jackson said it's good to get on the course to get an idea of how it lies before a big tournament.
"The front nine felt kind of short and on the back nine, all the par fours felt like they should have been par fives, they never ended," he said. "It’s super valuable, especially for the par threes, they don’t read the same. It's definitely good to know what clubs you need to take because I wasn’t good on the par threes. My short game needs a lot of work, other than that, off the tee I was good and my short game needs a lot of work."
The regional meet will be at Hart Ranch Monday, and two weeks after the regional meet will be the Class B state meet at the Cattail Crossing Golf Course in Watertown.