Little Wound junior, Lance Christensen Jr. giving back to the game he loves

By Rich Winter

Not sure if everyone in the eastern part of South Dakota is familiar with how many golf courses there are in rural areas of western South Dakota, particularly Native American Reservations.

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The Rosebud Reservation has A golf course, but if you venture further into the Pine Ridge Reservation, there are no golf courses. For students at Little Wound or Red Cloud or Pine Ridge, there is no immediate golf course.

Often, finding a golf course takes a 125 mile round trip…Not everyone can afford that, and so, it is kinda rare to see a Native American kid doing really well at the state level.

To my knowledge, only one Native American has won an individual medalist honor, that being Corey Jensen from Mission area…..That could be changing soon!

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At last year’s Class A state meet, (under horrible conditions) Little Wound sophomore, Lance Christensen Jr. braved the elements and finished in a tie for 6th place. His scores of 82-81 (163) were only 11 shots off medalist honors.

While Christensen will be aiming to climb higher on the podium this fall, he’s not resting on his laurels, he’s giving back to the game that he loves by helping coach, teach and mentor a new generation of golfers coming up on his heels.

From Lance Christensen Jr.’s Social Media:

Hello everyone. This summer I am doing a junior golf camp. Every Tuesday and Wednesday for six weeks! Age Limit of 8-16!!! We will be departing from Little Wound School at around 8:30 AM. Depending on where we are going.

For a long time golf has been my “Happy Place”. I have been very lucky to have my dad Lance Christensen Who introduced me to the game of golf at a young age. I want to give that opportunity to other kids that haven’t had the chance I did to play golf. I have many accomplishments in the game of golf. I am 3 time state qualifier, 13 years of golf experience, I was the regional golf champion this past season, I placed 6th at the state tournament and was selected for the all-state team. I am 16 years old and going to be a junior at Little Wound School. I have had many teachers throughout my years of golf. I cannot wait to share my knowledge of the game. 

Giving that we don’t have a golf course. We will be going to gordon golf course at least once a week. If we will not be able to go to gordon we will go to my personal driving range north of Kyle. I would love to have as many kids as I can, but traveling to gordon and the amount of sets we have I will have to put a limit on the amount of kids I can take to the golf course! Although when we are at my personal driving range we can have as many as we want! (On June 3, Christensen spent eight hours on that personal driving range, mowing the grass so the youth golfers would have a chance to work on their games 60 miles away from the nearest golf course).

Please LET ME KNOW if you and your youth are interested or if you don’t live near Kyle I can give you info! You can inbox me and I will try my best to give you all the info I can! Also shout out to Thunder valley CDC, Little Wound School, and Aimee Pond for helping me with this goal!!

Note: On June 4 - First day was an success! Had about 20 kids. They all had a blast! #juniorgolf

That is a solid effort from a young man that will only be a junior this fall for the Mustangs golf team. We wish Lance Jr. and his youth golfers nothing but success as they grow into a game that may just take hold in a place that doesn’t even have a course.

WELL DONE SIR!

Burke, Indahl bring home Championships from Class B state golf

By Rich Winter

Make it a repeat Class B state Championship for Billie Jo Indahl’s Burke Lady Cougars. The Cougars put together two terrific days to claim a second consecutive Class B title.

Team Scores:

Burke 541, Deubrook 545, Flandreau 593, Castlewood 613, Estelline/Hendricks 616, Newell 621, White River 624, Faulkton Area 626, Selby Area 627, Deuel 640

Burke scores:

Medalist: Taylee Indahl (83, 84 - 167)

T 7th - Adisyn Indahl (91, 92 - 183)

19th - Emily Stukel (94, 103 - 197)

27th - Brecken Bartling (104, 97 - 201

The Medalist race was a good one as Indahl holed a long putt on the final hole to nip Courtni Frank of Deubrook by just one stroke. Indahl was a runner-up last season to teammate (Doane College golfer Tressa Bull). Only a junior, Indahl joins her mother and Burke coach Billie Jo Indahl as an individual state champion.

Now, on to softball!

Neff, Sioux Falls Lincoln capture AA golf titles

Earlier this week some tough and chilly conditions for the AA state golf tournament held at the Brookings Country Club.

Rapid City Stevens golfer Adam Salter and the Stevens Raiders had a terrific first day with Salter posting the low round of 71 and Stevens having a five-stroke team lead over Sioux Falls Lincoln (302-307).

Sioux Falls Lincoln senior Ryan Neff shot an opening round of 74 and was third, three shots back heading into day two of the tournament.

Day two was all about Lincoln as the Patriots fired a 2nd-day total of (299). Stevens shot (308) on day two with Lincoln earning the team state title with 606 strokes compared to Rapid City Stevens’ 610.

Neff came back with a (-1, 71) to capture medalist honors by shooting (74-71-145)

Salter from Stevens shot (71-78-149) and tied with Spearfish athlete Kevin Kolb for 2nd place.

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In the keep an eye on this kid category - Watch out for Lincoln 8th-grader, Jack Hilgenberg

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Hilgenberg, was the No. 3 Lincoln golfer (Nash Stenberg T8th (81-72-153)) while Hilgenberg carded (79-75-154) to tie for 10th place.

Prairie Hills Square looks superb heading into Saturday's Sacred Hoops Tournament (Photos, a look at the course)

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Well, just wanted to remind folks of Saturday’s Sacred Hoops Fund-Raising golf tournament that will be held at Prairie Hills in Mission on Thursday…

The event starts at noon, and even if you aren’t playing, come on out and check out some of our local golfers do battle with some golfers from around South Dakota...It is going to be fun with a shot-gun start at noon….

I can tell folks one of the pin prizes: Closest to the hole on Hole No. 2 wins a Yeti Mug, A sleeve of Golf Balls and a golf towel - Sponsored by Big Sioux Media

Can’t reveal the rest of the prizes but I can tell ya some of the contests:

No. 3. Longest Drive

No. 5 - Closest in Two

No. 8 Longest Putt

9. 2 for 1 Hoop. Pay a $1-5 and if ball stops in the hoop"" you double your money

If your still on the fence about rounding up a golf team, here is a look at the course yesterday through the lens of Tom and Christina Yellow Boy…Registration information below!

Write here…

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Sacred Hoops 4 Person Best Ball Golf Tournament
Date: Saturday September 15th
Location: Prairie Hills Golf Course – Mission, SD
Time: Shotgun Start - Noon
Format: 4 Person Best Ball – 18 Team Maximum
Cost: $160 per team – Meal is provided
Additional: $10 per person Mulligans, $10 per team for 8 Foot of String
Payouts For Top three places of: Championship Flight, 1st and 2nd Flights – Based on 18 Teams – May be adjusted if fewer teams participate:
This is also a Fundraiser Tournament:
1) Raising Funds for College Scholarships for Athletes
2) Raising Funds to help pay so kids can participate in Summer AAU Basketball
To Register: Contact Allan Bertram at: allan.bertram@sacredhoopsbasketball.com or 605-730-0508
Or Call the Golf Course at: 605-856-2200



Some seriously low scores shot at Prairie Hills as Falcons slip past WARRIORS

(Photos courtesy of Tom and Christina Yellow Boy)

Just saw the results posted from Thursday’s Todd County Invitational hosted at Prairie Hills in Mission. Three young men shot in the 70’s yesterday and there is some massive improvements going on with Ben Bordeaux’s Falcons and Rich Crow Eagles Warriors.

Team Scores from Thursday:

Todd County 351, St. Francis 360, Little Wound 409.

Alright, before I get to the fellas that were crushing it yesterday, wanted to point out a career low round and a good deed done from Todd County junior Doug Yellow Boy.

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Doug Yellow Boy from Todd County shot a career low 18-hole total of 103. This young man came out and shot a 58 for the opening nine holes then came in hot on the back nine with a 45….DANG!

Late in the day as Yellow Boy was walking along the Prairie Hills golf course he found an opposing players score-card, and picked it up returned it…I like it!

So here are some of those rounds yesterday:

Individual:

Medalist: Bryce Hammer - Todd County (40-33 - 73 - Breaks family 18-hole record)

2nd place: Tyler Wright - St. Francis - 76

3rd place: Thomas DeNoyer St. Francis - 77

4th: Lance Christensen Little Wound - 78

5th: Caleb Clairmont - 82

Some solid golf being played there…

Teams
Todd County

Hammer 73

Clairmont - 82

Bryce’son Neal - 94

Royal Wike - 101

Yellow Boy 103

Phillip LeNeaugh - 116

St. Francis Indian

Wright - 76

DeNoyer 77

Daniel Witt - 90

Misun Bad Hand - 118

Both of these teams have improved a ton in the last two weeks…Good thing…

Regions is just around the corner…

9/18/2018 Parkston Invite (Pre-Region)Mitchell, SD10:00 a.m. CT

9/24/2018 Region 3A Mitchell, SD1 0:00 a.m. CT

Just a reminder the Sacred Hoops golf tournament will be going on Saturday, September 15…Here are the details for that…The public is invited to come…should be fun.

Sacred Hoops 4 Person Best Ball Golf Tournament
Date: Saturday September 15th
Location: Prairie Hills Golf Course – Mission, SD
Time: Shotgun Start - Noon
Format: 4 Person Best Ball – 18 Team Maximum
Cost: $160 per team – Meal is provided
Additional: $10 per person Mulligans, $10 per team for 8 Foot of String
Payouts For Top three places of: Championship Flight, 1st and 2nd Flights – Based on 18 Teams – May be adjusted if fewer teams participate:
This is also a Fundraiser Tournament:
1) Raising Funds for College Scholarships for Athletes
2) Raising Funds to help pay so kids can participate in Summer AAU Basketball
To Register: Contact Allan Bertram at: allan.bertram@sacredhoopsbasketball.com or 605-730-0508
Or Call the Golf Course at: 605-856-2200


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Rosebud OPEN Title up for grabs: Crow Eagle, 3 Prue's, Beardt, Greenwald and Jensen to do BATTLE

By Rich Winter

So much going on this weekend on the Rosebud, but we have a BATTLE-ROYALE shaping up at the Prairie Hills Golf Course with the Rosebud OPEN title up for grabs. 

Championship flight is loaded: Rich Crow Eagle, Mike Prue, Joe Prue, Brett Prue (That's impressive Prue family), Mike Beardt, Dallas Greenwald and  Corey Jensen. 

During Friday's qualifying Rich CE just CRUSHED Prairie Hills firing a 61

Championship Flight:

Rich Crow Eagle           61

Mike Prue                      66

Joe Prue                      69

Mike Beardt                 70

Dallas Greenwald        70

Brett Prue                    72

Corey Jensen              72

First flight: Danny Prue 74, Jerred Herman 75, Red Prue 76, Rich Patton 77, Ev Bordeaux 77, Ivan Crow Eagle 77, Justice Morrison 79, Eric Sazue 79, TJ Whipple 81, John Long 84, Boe Swalley 85, Jim Kern 85, Roger Crow Eagle 85

Second flight: Ponch Jensen 86, Tuffy Beardt 87, Ryan Holy Eagle 87, Travis Whirlwind Soldier 88, Anthony Bizardie 88 > Tanner Colombe 88, Beaver Richards 88, Tatiye Jensen 89, Robin Shaw 89, Jay Antoine 89, Rich Greenwald 91, TJ Halligan 93, Michael Hammer 93, Lee Long 93

Third Flight: Jordan High Horse 95, Lynn Means 96, George Bordeaux 96, Mike Haukaas 97, Yamni Jack 97, Henry Jones 99, Jennifer Pablo 99, Tony Clairmont 100, Dusty Jones 101, Wayne Claymore 101, TJ Whirlwind Soldier 107, Clyde Colombe 109

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Can you hang with the 'Rosebud' at Sacred Hoops 4-Person BEST-BALL tourney (Sep. 15)

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By Rich Winter

Alright, so Sacred Hoops will be hosting a golf tournament at the Prairie Hills Golf Course two miles north of Mission on Sep. 15. I'm sure a lot of golfers across the state have never played at Prairie Hills in Mission, so with that in mind the folks at Sacred Hoops would like to personally invite our extended Sacred Hoops family to the Rosebud for an end-of-the-summer 4-Person Best-Ball Tournament on Sep. 15. 

Four things I can promise you about this tourney: 

1. Bill Whipple, Corey Jensen and crew are going to have that course in superb condition.  

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2. For you top-flight golfers out there, word of warning, You Better BRING IT, CUZ there are some Rosebudders out there that are going to light it up....

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3. You are going to be impressed with the facility, the food/drinks and a multitude of televisions on keeping track of your favorite teams, like Nebraska and their 'Big-Time' game with Troy that day (Wink)

4. Most of all it sounds like it is going to be a FUN day: We've met so many great people this summer and we wanted to get ready for fall sports by just having a fun, easy-going, hang out kinda day with an edge of competitiveness about it...Space is limited (18 teams) so if you want in HOLLA

Sacred Hoops 4 Person Best Ball Golf Tournament
Date: Saturday September 15th
Location: Prairie Hills Golf Course – Mission, SD
Time: Shotgun Start - Noon
Format: 4 Person Best Ball – 18 Team Maximum
Cost: $160 per team – Meal is provided
Additional: $10 per person Mulligans, $10 per team for 8 Foot of String
Payouts For Top three places of: Championship Flight, 1st and 2nd Flights – Based on 18 Teams – May be adjusted if fewer teams participate:
This is also a Fundraiser Tournament:
1) Raising Funds for College Scholarships for Athletes
2) Raising Funds to help pay so kids can participate in Summer AAU Basketball
To Register: Contact Allan Bertram at: allan.bertram@sacredhoopsbasketball.com or 605-730-0508
Or Call the Golf Course at: 605-856-2200

 

 

 

 

Winner girls looking TUFF in Class A cross-country

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After a 5th-place finish at the 2017 South Dakota State cross-country meet the Winner Lady Warriors return everyone from last year's state team. 

By Rich Winter

Keep an eye on the Winner Lady Warriors this season. After a 5th-place finish a year ago, Jayd Schuyler's group is still young, now have a ton of experience and have Sidda Schuyler, now a 9th-grader leading the charge. 

Schuyler finished 4th at last year's state meet. Two athletes that finished ahead of her, Vermillion's Maddie Lavin and Beresford's Cait Savey have moved on to college. Karlee Simmons of Hill City, now a senior, finished 2nd a year ago. 

Winner/Colome athlete Jaclyn Laprath had a brilliant campaign as a junior, making the podium with a 22nd place effort. 

Aryn Meiners (56th last year) and Meagan Blare (57th) are now sophomores and will be a year stronger. Saige Schuyler was 97th at state and then 7th grader Melanie Brozik was 108th. If everyone stays healthy and or a new-comer rises through the ranks, this should be one of the top teams in the state.

Going to miss Atlas Willuweit and can't wait to see Kade Watson, Dawson Phillips and Wyatt Turnquist

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Always kinda fun to watch the Winner boys cross country team. I know the guys a little and always enjoyed seeing wrestlers Atlas and Wyatt running cross-country. 

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Always a good time to see Mr. Turnquist getting after it the National Tournament in Fargo this summer. Seems like a pretty great friendship has developed between Chamberlain's Nash Hutmacher and Turnquist (as pictures suggest). Have a lot of respect for someone that loves wrestling so much they go out and work hard to get ready for THEIR season. 

 

Kade Watson was 15th a year ago...AS AN 8th-Grader...

Really excited to see this young man's development and to see how far he moves up that podium this season. 

Dawson Phillips made it to state last year (97th). He is a junior...

Schedule not posted yet but I believe the opener for Winner is Aug. 24 at the Winner Invitational.