On a hot day, a bottle of water being dumped on his head was a welcome sensation for Austin Boomsma.
Being showered with water after winning a state championship?
That was a whole other feeling.
“It was nice and chilly on a hot day,” said a smiling Boomsma, a junior from James Valley Christian who sealed the individual title at the South Dakota State Class B Boys’ Golf Tournament, which concluded Tuesday at Yankton’s Hillcrest Golf & Country Club.
Boomsma’s performance — coupled with a third-place finish from senior Carter Wells — helped the Vikings capture the team championship, as well.
With everything that happened, there was plenty of emotion involved in Boomsma’s final putt on the No. 18 green.
“It felt great; the best feeling,” Boomsma said.
Boomsma, who transferred to JVC from Miller this past year, sat in second place behind Wells heading into Tuesday’s final round. Boomsma, though, shaved five strokes off his total in the final round and admitted later that he knew he was in the lead coming to the No. 18 hole.
“I did, but I just told myself, ‘It’s not over until it’s over,’” Boomsma said. “Golf is a funny sport.”
Led by Boomsma’s two-day total of 153 and Wells’ 158, James Valley Christian ran away with the team title by 19 strokes with a two-round score of 490. Platte-Geddes was the runner-up at 509, followed by Deubrook Area (519).
James Valley Christian, though, had no such drama on the way to its first-ever boys’ golf championship.
“It’s kind of mind-blogging right now, I can’t even think straight,” head coach Phelan Stahl said.
“I think about all the hard work we’ve put in over the years. I’ve been with a lot of these kids since they were seventh graders.”
Also for the Vikings, sophomore Ryan Stahl tied for 28th place (179) and freshman Jevin Goertz tied for 61st (192).
“It’s the greatest feeling, and we give all the glory to God,” coach Stahl said. “Before every meet, we say a prayer for our team.”
Boomsma’s performance at the state tournament was particularly special, given that he has family in Yankton — his uncle Troy’s family lives in Yankton, and they were there Tuesday to support him.
“It’s awesome,” Boomsma said. “It’s just fun to have family close to you, so after the round we can go and have a little celebration at their house.”
Hamlin (526) and Parker (527) rounded out the top-five team scores, but it was Platte-Geddes that repeated as the state tournament runner-up.
Platte-Geddes was led by sophomore Brody Boltjes, who finished fourth in the individual race with a two-day score of 159. It was an improvement of two spots from a year ago.
“Top-five was what I wanted last year, and I’m happy I got there this year,” Boltjes said.
Also for the Black Panthers, Stewart Van Zee tied for 12th place (171), Dawson Hoffman tied for 28th (179) and Hayden Koopal finished 106th (224).
“Dawson came in with a good third score, so that really pushed us up there with me and Stew all year,” Boltjes said. “We got second last year, but we weren’t really sure how we’d end up this year.
“But we got it done.”
In other top-25 area individual finishes, Freeman’s Tryg Aanenson was fifth (163), Bon Homme’s Carter Libis and Parker’s Jaron Pesicka tied for sixth (168), Parker’s Alex Kasten was 14th (172) and Bon Homme’s Tyler Kopp finished 23rd (176).
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