VERMILLION - Aberdeen Roncalli golfers fashioned a round of 316 on day two of the State A high school boys' tournament at The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion, finishing where they started the day.
The Cavaliers came into Tuesday in third place after a 319 on Monday. Michael Duch's round of 77 topped Roncalli Tuesday followed by Andrew Welk with a 78. Dell Rapids captured the team title with a two-day total of 629, one stroke in front of Harrisburg and six better than Roncalli.
Ryan Medhaug of Sisseton fired a second-day round of 74 to go with his 70 on Monday for a total 144 and won the individual title by two strokes over Ryan Patnoe of Milbank. Duch was tied for fourth place at 152 with Andrew Nelson of Sioux Falls Christian.
We are really happy with our finish, said Roncalli coach Keith Hurley. I was proud of the kids, they competed hard both days. It was windy (Tuesday) with challenging greens and our kids showed a ton of character and heart.
The top 20 golfers earned All-State honors, which included Duch, Welk and Eric Hurley (14th).
It's quite an accomplishment to place in the top 20 at state, I was very proud of them and the effort they made, said Hurley. You don't every shot as you would like, and it takes mental strength to persevere.
Hurley noted that the Cavaliers were up to meeting the various challenges the course and conditions offered Tuesday.
I think that every team was talking about the greens, there were lots of undulations and they were very fast, Hurley said. There were no easy putts today. You couldn't take the two-footers for granted. Putts were a test of our ability to concentrate and commit to a shot, and our guys did a good job of managing that.
The standings turned out about the way Hurley thought they would, especially the top four teams.
Our guys had a great year and I was proud of everything they accomplished, said Hurley.
Team Scores: Dell Rapids 315-314 - 629, Harrisburg 315-315 - 630, Aberdeen Roncalli 319-316 - 635, Sioux Falls Christian 324-321 - 645, Sisseton 330-317 - 647, Lead-Deadwood 334-337 - 671, West Central 349-324 - 673, Milbank 343-335 - 678, Dakota Valley 352-338 - 690, Winner 361-345 - 706, Parkston 360-355 - 715, Spearfish 361-355 - 716, Mobridge-Pollock 376-362 - 738, Hot Springs 373-369 - 742, St. Thomas More 384-365 - 749, Sioux Valley 390-374 - 764, Chamberlain 391-385 - 776, Bon Homme 399-410 - 809.
144 - Ryan Medhaug, Sisseton (70-74)
146 - Ryan Patnoe, Milbank (75-71)
147 - Michael Schmidt, Dell Rapids (72-75)
152 - Andrew Nelson, SF Christian (77-75); Michael Duch, Roncalli (75-77)
153 - Jordan Rolstad, Sisseton (81-72); Tyler Burr, Belle Fourche (75-78); Nick Skajewski, Harrisburg (77-76)
154 - Alex Steen, Harrisburg (78-76)
156 - Ted LaCoursiere, Dell Rapids (78-78)
157 - Jon Van't Hul, SF Christian (77-80)