Ravellette 8th in State Golf Tourney

Tara Ravellette hits her chip shot on the par 5, hole # 5 during the second round of the State B Tournament.

Philip High School senior Tara Ravellette shot a two day score of 178 to place eighth in this year's State B Girls Golf Tournament held in Watertown, SD, May 18 and 19.

Ravellette, who bettered her last year's 10th place finish by two places, shot rounds of 88 and 90. This was her fifth consecutive state golf tournament competition. After the first day she was in a tie for seventh place with Kylie Westover of Colman-Egan. Westover finished in 22nd place, shooting a 109 on the second day.

There were 91 women golfers competing in the tournament, which featured 15 seniors. There were 12 golfers in the 7th and 8th grade.

The first round held on Monday was played under near perfect weather conditions. Sunshine and calm wind have not been a part of the Western South Dakota golf season. The second day of play greeted the players with strong winds and 94 degree temperature. Only three of the top 10 golfers shot better rounds the second day.

Two other west river region golfers finished in the top 10 with Ravellette. Jordan Trohkimoinen, Newell, earned fourth place by shooting a two day total of 171, Tenth place went to Amanda Johnson, Bison, who shot a 182. These three golfers were also top 10 place winners in last year's tournament. The west river region will be represented well for the coming years, as both Newell and Bison golfers are sophomores.

The lowest 18 hole round recorded for the tournament was a five under par 68 and the highest score of the tournament was a 169.

Four of the top 10 girl place winners were seniors, including four time state champion Kimmy Kaufman of Clark/Willow Lake, who shot rounds of 74 and 68 for a two day total of 142, 4 under par.

Two PHS boys competed in state competition. Caleb Clements who finished in a tie for 58th, shooting rounds of 84 and 92 for a two day total of 176. Colton Nickelson finished in a tie for 97th, shooting rounds of 93 and 93 for a two day total 186. Both Philip boys are juniors.

There were 135 golfers competing in this year's Boys' State B tournament and 46 were seniors. There were no seventh grade boy state qualifiers. This year's tournament had 18 eighth graders in the mix with two of them placing second and third respectively with a two day scores of 151 and 152.

Josh Korn of Freeman won the tournament shooting rounds of 73 and 72 for a two day total of 145.

Top region golfers included Carson Moore of Jones County, who shot a two day score of 153 for sixth place. Darick Eisenbraun of Wall shot a two day score of 159 to place 15th. Jeffrey Johnson of Bison shot a two day score of 64 for a tie for 24th place.