Four seniors —Jake Trevett, Logan Meyer, Eric Van Sambeek, and Christian Peery — lead the Milbank Bulldog boys’ golf team this season. “I expect them to be leaders on and off the golf course,” says Mark Keeton, who is in his seventh year as head coach. “On the course, I’m looking to see their games grow and mature from what they were a year ago, an I hope to see lower scores.”
Milbank started the season at the Sioux Valley Golf Invitational in Volga on Monday, August 17. The Bulldogs finished in fourth place in the team standings with a score of 379.
Aberdeen Roncalli won the meet with a 334. Sisseton was second with a 346, and Sioux Valley took third with a 350. Rounding out the team totals were Redfield, 383; Flandreau, 407, and Groton, 426.
Jake Trevett led the Bulldogs with a third place finish. His 18-hole score was an 81 (40-41). He was the lone Bulldog to place in the top 15. Mason Carrels of Roncalli won the meet by one stroke over Micah Dohrer of Roncalli. The duo went 1-2 with a 76 and 77. Other scores for the Dawgs were Jonathan DeBoer, 94; Logan Meyer, 96; Owen Fischer, 108; Eric Van Sambeek, 109; and Christian Peery, 145.
Milbank was back on the course on Tuesday, August 18, for back-to-back meets. The Bulldogs traveled to Madison for the 11-team invitational. Milbank finished the day against tough competition with a team score of 421. Lennox won the meet with a 326.
Other team scores were Tea, 339; Sioux Valley, 360; Madison, 363; Aberdeen Roncalli, 364; Parkston, 375; West Central, 379; Dell Rapids, 384; Tri-Valley, 401, and Beresford, 417.
Trevett again led the Bulldogs with a final round of 88. He tied for 17th place. Caleb Wipf of Lennox won the meet with a 78. Eric Munson of Tea Area was the runner-up at 80. Rounding out the team scores for Milbank were: DeBoer, 108; Meyer, 108; Fischer, 117; Van Sambeek, 121; and Peery, 132.
Coach Keeton’s 2020 Team Outlook:
Trevett, Meyer, and Van Sambeek are returning letter winners. “We have some open spots this year and everyone will get the chance to compete for those spots,” says Keeton.
Other players on the team include: juniors Cole Brown and Jarrett Riveland; sophomores Mason Cordingley, Nathan Pillatzki, and Paul Van Dover; freshman Joshua Keeton; eighth graders Owen Fischer, Gregory Grabow, Charlie Peery, and Howie Zemlicka; and seventh graders Jonathan DeBoer and Hunter Hawley.
“We will definitely have some new faces on varsity this year,” says Coach Keeton. “I expect us to improve every week, and I hope to be playing our best golf when the region tournament comes around.
Due to Covid-19, there will be no exchange of score cards at the meets this year. “We will have to follow the rules of the home course,” says Keeton. “That will include whether or not you can pull the pin and possibly no rakes in the bunkers. Most courses appear to be running as normal.”
According to Keeton, everyone is invited to attend the meets. “As golf is outside, fans are just asked to keep to the six-feet distance from the athletes. It’s definitely a blessing to be back at it. The boys and I are looking forward to a long, successful season.”
Seniors: (l. to r.) Logan Meyer, Eric Van Sambeek, Jake Trevett, and Christian Peery.