Paul Bruns

Paul Bruns

Paul Bruns moved from 6th the first day to finish 2nd at the State Class A golf tournament in Hot Springs Oct. 5-6.

Bruns shot an 80-72 to finish 156 behind state champion senior Micah Dohrer of Aberdeen Roncalli who shot 77-75 for a 152. Roncalli golfers also won individual titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Dohrer finished tied for 53rd last year playing for Aberdeen Central in the AA tournament.

Bruns had pulled within 1 after hole 15, but could not close the gap.

Bruns had 5 birdies, 14 pars, 13 bogies and 4 double-bogies.

Sophomore Isaac Bruns tied for 16th with rounds of 83-83, 166. Eighth grader Logan Collette tied for 53rd with rounds of 91-96, 187. Eighth grader Tyler Cornelsen tied for 79th with rounds of 99-103 for 202. Senior Ben Niemeyer tied for 85th with rounds of 101-108 for 209.

As a team, Dakota Valley finished 6th. Seven of the top 10 teams were from the DAK-12 conference. Sioux Falls Christian was champion, followed by Chamberlain, Tea Area, Vermillion and Aberdeen Roncalli. Lennox finished 7th, followed by Madison, St. Thomas More and Elk Point-Jefferson.

Hot Springs hosted their first state tournament since 2016. They also hosted in 2012 and 2014.

The course is owned by the city of Hot Springs. It was expanded to 18 holes in 2005. The course has over 380 feet of elevation charnges among the pines and red rock canyon.

The tournament was played from the white tees, which has ratings of 68.9/130.

A special highlight was by Connor Lewis of Tea. He had a hole-in-one on the first day.

“As a Team, we were very excited about our opportunity to play at State,” head coach Rodd Slater said. “It was unexpected and though we didn’t reach the top of the mountain, our 6th place and Paul’s individual Runner up medal sure gave us a nice view.

“We had a special team this year,” Slater said. “Excellent kids, all competitive and passionate about the game of golf.

“I’m particularly thankful for Paul’s four years on the team,” he continued. “He’s a leader, tremendous athlete and an even better student and person. His example will leave a lasting impact on our program.”

“What a great season,” Slater concluded.