YANKTON – Grace Johanson and Keva Burshiem earned medals as Flandreau placed third in the team standings at the Class B State Girls’ Golf Tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Fox Run.
Johanson, a junior, fired rounds of 94 and 86 to tie for fourth with a 180 total.
Burshiem, a freshman, shot 98-85 while tying for seventh at 183.
Flandreau posted a team tally of 593 (304-289).
Marley Barboza took 62nd at 230 (112-118) and Kaycie Boetger was 88th at 273 (142-131).
“On the girls’ side, we struggled out of the gate on Day 1,” said coach Jake Otkin. “We finished Day 1 in third place as a team but only by two strokes and we knew the pressure was on Day 2 if we wanted to secure that spot. Our girls came out and battled on Day 2 and ended up securing that spot by 20 strokes.
“Our girls were obviously disappointed in their Day 1 because they knew they were capable of more than that. At that point we knew we had two options – throw in the towel or forget about Day 1 and move onto Day 2. Our girls never once thought about throwing in the towel. We knew if Keva and Grace shot to their capabilities they could move into the top 10 and if Marley and Kaycie played how they did Day 1 we would give ourselves a chance at third. Day 2 came and the girls didn’t disappoint. Keva shot the second lowest round of the day and moved up 12 spots to a tie for seventh place. Grace shot the third lowest round of the day and moved up seven spots to a tie for fourth. Marley Barboza did exactly what we needed her to do and finished the day with a 118, putting her in 62nd and Kaycie Boetger shot a personal-record of 131, finishing 88th.
Burke won the team title with a 541 (268-273) total and Deubrook Area was second at 545 (269-276).
The Lady Cougars’ Taylee Indahl (83-84—167) edged the Dolphins’ Courtni Frank (81-87—168) to take the individual title.
“For us to put two individuals in the top 10 is a testament to the will and work ethic of this group,” Otkin continued. “Their attitude was always positive and they battled back and finished with the second-highest placing in school history! Keva and Grace also make the All-State golf team, which is a huge accomplishment and another testament to their hard work and dedication to the sport and program.
“For Keva Burshiem to come from 19th to seventh is incredible. She was only two strokes off of sixth and making the all-tournament team. Keva really stepped up this year not only in her game but in a leadership role for us taking on the role of co-captain for the girls. It was incredible to see her growth as a leader and a golfer over the last three years. To finish in the top 10 at state as only a freshmen is a very difficult and rewarding accomplishment. There are going to be many great things to come from her on the golf course!
“Grace Johanson also made a move on Day 2 and moved into the top five in the state. Finishing fourth is a huge accomplishment in anything, but to do it in a sport that takes mental and physical fortitude shows how much Grace not only cares about the sport, but how much she cares about improving as a player and person. She has been a captain for three years and played a huge part in our team’s success this year. She also made the all-tournament team, which shows just how far she has come in a short time.
“Marley Barboza was definitely our X factor for our girls this year. Marley was over 40 strokes off of qualifying for state last year. Halfway through the year Marley realized in order for us to succeed she was going to need to step up and she did that in a big way. To go from not qualifying for state to qualifying as an individual but also helping us qualify as a team was a huge accomplishment for Marley and she should be very proud of herself. I was extremely proud of not only how she improved as a golfer but how her attitude really changed to be confident in her game and her role. Without Marley there we would not have qualified as a team and finished with the second-highest finish in school history. It’s hard to think she is only an eighth-grader and made that big of strides at such a young age. If Marley sticks with it and continues to put time into improving her game she could do some big things on the course in the future.
“Kaycie Boetger was our fourth golfer and only a seventh-grader. This was her first experience with competitive golf and her improvement throughout the year was excellent. We added her to the varsity side shortly before regions and she really embraced the role and the other girls really embraced Kaycie. To finish in 88th as a seventh-grader at her first state tournament was a great accomplishment and to also shoot her personal record at the state tournament is a great confidence booster heading into the offseason. We look forward to Kaycie coming back and contributing in a bigger fashion next year!
“Overall this was an incredibly successful year for our golf program. Although we make the transition to A golf next year, I believe the work ethic and attitude of these golfers will help them overcome the move and they will still have continued success next year. However to bring home three plaques in the last three years is an incredible accomplishment for any team and these girls have earned that. The boys also continue to get better and there is some younger boys that will be looking to step up and contribute in the coming years that will allow our boys program to build and succeed in the future!”
Flandreau’s Devon Burggraff finished 91st in the Class B State Boys’ Golf Tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Hillcrest.
He shot 114-95 for a 209 total.
“This was Devon’s first tournament and he was in the first group to tee off of Hole 10,” said Otkin. On Day 1 there were plenty of nerves to go around the course and Devon was no exception. He shot a 114 and finished the day in a tie for 104th. By Day 2 the nerves had worn off and Devon played loose and straight and finished the day at a 95 and moved into a 91st place.
“Two years ago, Devon finished over 30 shots off of qualifying for state. Last year, he finished three shots off of qualifying; and this year he made the state tournament and finished 91st. I think that shows how much work and time he has put into improving his game over the last two years.
“I was extremely proud of Devon because he could have hung it up after Day 1 and not cared about golfing Day 2. He took the advice we as coaches gave him and executed our plan for the course on Day 2 and it showed in his score and his movement up the leaderboard. The fact that he continued to grow and improve in his first ever state tournament but more importantly throughout the year was extremely fun to watch. Overall it was a great year of golf for Devon!”