RAPID CITY — An O’Gorman squad stepping up after a somewhat surprising first-day challenge and Jack Lundin, a Roosevelt eighth-grader who is familiar with the course, were the big winners Tuesday at the Class AA state boys golf championship at Meadowbrook Golf Course.
Leading by four shots heading into the final round, O’Gorman, an overwhelming favorite coming into the tournament, used team balance to card a team aggregate total of 611 to pull away to a 13-shot win over Lincoln (624).
Rapid City Stevens and Washington shared the third-place award with a 642. Watertown and Pierre shared the fifth spot at 649.
Lundin coupled a hot putter and course familiarity borne of local family connections to fire an even-par round of 72 and a two-day total of 146 to beat Lincoln senior Luke Rezac by four shots.
“I’m familiar with it because my grandma and grandpa live out here and when I come out, I play it all the time with my dad and uncle,” said Lundin, who came into the day trailing O’Gorman senior Jacob Otta by two shots. It was a deficit he quickly dismissed with birdies on the first two holes of the day, the par four first and par five second.
“I pulled the drive a little but put a shot on the green and then made a 25-footer for birdie and then on two, I had a good drive and three-wood and then stuck my third shot to about three feet for birdie,” Lundin added.
A birdie off a chip in on the par-3 fourth hole vaulted Lundin into the lead, and it was all straight ahead from there.
“I knew I was two strokes behind coming into the day and would have to make a pretty big move, and that’s what happened,” he said. “After my start, I just tried to keep getting pars because I know that the back nine is tougher than the front and I hit fairways and greens all day.”
Roosevelt coach Tony Lanham isn’t surprised at Lundin’s title.
“I met Jack a year ago when he came out as a seventh-grader, and I was quite surprised when he said he wanted to try and play varsity golf, and it took one look at him on the driving range to see that he knew what he was doing,” Lanham said. “When he came out he was kind of small, so he had to have a good short game. He is great around the greens and he’s getting older and it’s all coming together, but his short game is top-notch.”
Otta finished a shot back at 151, while Rapid City Stevens senior Taylor Schultz and sophomore Lane Jensen shared fourth with O’Gorman’s Brenden Blessing, firing 152 over the two rounds.
Roncalli sweeps team, individual crown
Aberdeen Roncalli won both the team title and the individual medal honors at the Class A golf tournament in Milbank.
Roncalli shot 330 both days for a two-day total of 660, 10 strokes better than Parkston, which finished second. Sisseton was third with a 683, Dell Rapids fourth at 684 and Madison fifth at 687.
Canton was ninth with a 708 and Tea 10th with 710.
Gabe Heller of Roncalli was the individual medalist with a two-day 152. He bested his first-day score with a 72 after shooting an 80 in the first round. Parkston’s Jacob Lee was second at 155. Dell Rapids’ Ty Hoglund and West Central’s Devin Rue tied for third with a 160.
— Argus Leader staff