Jack Lundin wasn’t about to fight back tears.
He was going to let them flow.
It was understandable for the Sioux Falls Roosevelt senior, he said after winning the individual championship Tuesday at the South Dakota State Class AA Boys’ Golf Tournament at Yankton’s Hillcrest Golf & Country Club.
“It means a lot to me,” Lundin said moments after exchanging hugs and handshakes with his teammates, coaches and supporters.
Lundin, who recently committed to golf at Nebraska, carded a two-day score of 150 to edge three other golfers for the individual crown.
To win a team championship, however, it takes four quality scores. And that’s what the Riders got.
Karsten Kern finished eighth with a two-day score of 157, while Jack Eggebraaten tied for ninth (158) and Garett Everson tied for 19th (161). They helped Roosevelt record a score of 625, which was two strokes better than O’Gorman and Sioux Falls Lincoln. Rapid City Stevens was fourth at 635 and Yankton rounded out the top-five at 641.
“We all worked so hard for this,” Lundin said. “We came really close last year (the Riders finished third).”
Just as the scores indicate, Lundin was in a battle during the final few holes Tuesday.
There was a three-way tie for first place after 16 holes, but Lundin held steady to edge three golfers — Rapid City Stevens’ tandem of Adam Salter and Ben Daane, and Lincoln’s Nash Stenberg. They all finished at 152.
O’Gorman’s Jacob Stewart was fifth at 153, while Yankton’s Gavin Haselhorst and Spearfish’s Sam Grout tied for sixth at 155. Lincoln’s Jack Hilgenberg and Yankton’s Landon Moe tied with Eggebraaten for ninth place.
But the individual leaderboard was paced by Lundin, who captured his second career individual title.
“I’ve worked really, really hard for this,” Lundin said. “These last four years have been hard, just because I didn’t win it.”
Of course, when you win a state title as an eighth-grader as Lundin did in 2015, the expectations are immediately set high.
Lundin then finished third, second and fourth at the state tournament before capping off his Roosevelt career with a championship.
“Yes, the individual means a lot, but winning it with my team before I go off, they’re like family,” he said.
Bucks Finish Fifth
On the one hand, Yankton didn’t lose any ground on its standing after the first round of the state tournament, but on the other, the Bucks couldn’t quite climb the leaderboard.
For the second year in a row, Yankton captured fifth place at state, and capped off the tournament with a two-day score of 641.
“It wasn’t as high as we wanted to be; we wanted to be first of course, but we still did pretty well,” said sophomore Gavin Haselhorst, who earned all-tournament honors with a sixth-place tie at 155.
After Haselhorst, Yankton got a ninth place tie from Landon Moe (158), a 30th place tie from Austin Frick and Jimmie Cunningham (166), a 40th place finish from Simon Hacecky (171) and a 64th place finish from Dawson Vellek (187).
“We just didn’t get that fourth score we needed,” head coach Brett Sime said. “If we could have, we may have given some of those teams ahead of us a little bit of a run.”
There were few golfers whose scores got better after Monday because of Tuesday’s windy conditions, and that was a certainly a battle, according to Sime.
“We wanted a little bit better than fifth, but you have to give credit to the other teams, they played really well,” he said.
The fact that Yankton finished six strokes behind Rapid City Stevens proves that the Bucks gave themselves a chance, he added.
“There were just a couple of mistakes along the way,” Sime said. “It was a tough day to play. We needed to shoot a little bit better, but all the team scores seemed to go up.”
A piece of good news for the Bucks?
After returning five of the six golfers from last year’s state tournament squad, Yankton will return all six from this year’s contingent for 2020.
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