VERMILLION - Defending state champ Ryan Medhaug of Sisseton shot to the top of the leaderboard after the first day of the State A boys' golf tournament.
The junior fired a 70 at the Bluffs Golf Course on Monday. He leads Michael Schmidt of Dell Rapids by two strokes. Dell Rapids and Harrisburg are tied for first with 315s. Aberdeen Roncalli (319) is in third place and defending state champs Sioux Falls Christian (324) is in fourth place.
We are really happy with where we are sitting after the first day, Aberdeen Roncalli coach Keith Hurley said. Four strokes back from the leaders and in team golf, that can swing in one hole. We are right in the thick of things and that is where we want to be.
Roncalli's Michael Duch shot a 75 on Monday and is in tied for third place. Eric Hurley is four strokes back with a 79.
Those two both played really solid, coach Hurley said. They played consistent all day. We are really happy with their consistency. It was a tough day out there. It was a challenging course. It was windy and play took six hours. It was slow. Those two really hung in there and kept their concentration and really happy with how they finished.
Duch, Medhaug and Schmidt will be in the final group today along with Ryan Patnoe of Milbank, who also shot a 75. Roncalli's Andrew Thares scored an 82 and Andrew Welk shot an 83. Keaton Deiter shot an 87.
Coach Hurley added that the conditions are supposed to be similar today as they were on Monday.
We have to show the same character and mental strength that these kids have shown all year and I'm confident they will, he said. We just have to go out and preserve through what will be another challenging day with the weather, the winds and slow play and so forth. They just need to really stay mentally sharp and show some character and tenacity.
Team Scores: Harrisburg 315, Dell Rapids 315, Aberdeen Roncalli 319, Sioux Falls Christian 324, Sisseton 330, Lead-Deadwood 334, Milbank 343, West Central 349, Dakota Valley 352, Parkston 360, Winner 361, Hot Springs 373, Mobridge-Pollock 376, St. Thomas More 384, Sioux Valley 390, Chamberlain 391, Bon Homme 399.
70 - Ryan Medhaug, Sisseton.
72 - Michael Schmidt, Dell Rapids.
75 - Michael Duch, Aberdeen Roncalli; Ryan Patnoe, Milbank; Tyler Burr, Belle Fourche.
77 - Andrew Nelson, Sioux Falls Christian; Jon Van't Hul, Sioux Falls Christian; Nick Skajewski, Harrisburg.
78 - Alex Steen, Harrisburg; Carter Andre, Vermillion; P.J. Wetzel, Hot Springs; Ted LaCoursiere, Dell Rapids; Brooklyn Devries, Harrisburg; Lane Shrover, Chamberlain.
79 - Eric Hurley, Aberdeen Roncalli.
80 - Colin Karst, Dell Rapids; Gabe Dirksen, Lead-Deadwood; Jayden Bruun, Winner; Justin Ackerman, Milbank.
81 - Jordan Rolstad, Sisseton; Garrett Mack, Lead-Deadwood; Peyton Sanders, Dakota Valley.
82 - Andrew Thares, Aberdeen Roncalli; Cade McLaughlin, Harrisburg; Dylan From, West Central; Anthony Husher, Winner; Taylor Anderson, Madison; Nick Stern, Sioux Falls Christian.
83 - Andrew Welk, Aberdeen Roncalli; Coleman Caldwell, Chamberlain.