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Clark/Willow Lake's Brynn Roehrich captures Class B girls golf title, Chester wins team championship
Clark/Willow Lake's Brynn Roehrich watches a tee shot on Tuesday at Edgebrook Golf Course in Brookings.
(Ryan Deal / 605 Sports)
Jun 4, 2024

By Ryan Deal

605 Sports

BROOKINGS — Shortly after winning the Class B girls individual golf title, Clark/Willow Lake’s Brynn Roehrich received a congratulatory text message from a professional golfer. 

The text was from Kim Kaufman, a former Clark/Willow Lake High School golfer and current pro player. 

“She actually texted me after today and said great job and ‘If you have any questions for me, feel free to message me,’ ” Roehrich said. “I told her that I hope I can be as good as her one day. Because she’s playing at the pro level and I hope I get to do that at some point.”

On Tuesday, Roehrich joined Kaufman as Cyclones to win Class B girls golf individual championships. Kaufman won individual championships in 2005, ‘07, ‘08 and ‘09, while her sister Ashley won titles in ‘04 and ‘06. 

Roehrich, a freshman, joined the Kaufman sisters with her own Class B state championship at Edgebrook Golf Course. 

“It’s a great thing to do and I went undefeated all this year,” Roehrich said. “I didn’t lose a single meet, and so I am pretty proud of that. It’s nice to finally get it done this year. So hopefully I can do it more years to come.”

Roehrich shot a 79 and a 73 in her two rounds, carding a 12-over 152. She edged Miller’s Jayce Pugh (158) and Chester’s Jadyn McDonald (159) for the state title. Roehrich shot a 37 on the front nine and a 36 on the back nine. 

Roehrich began the day three shots behind McDonald and two shots behind Pugh. 

“I came into it today three strokes down, and I knew that I was in a good spot,” Roehrich said. “Jadyn and Jayce, they shot very great scores the first day. I knew that I could have done better the first day, too. But I came into today knowing that I had to play my game and whatever they shot, they were going to shoot. So I just did my best I could and shot a 73 and got the job done.”

The players also had to contend with windy and rainy conditions, one day after a nearly perfect day for golf on Monday. 

But the rainy conditions on Tuesday were suited for Roehrich’s game.  

“I told my mom and dad this morning I was excited if it was going to rain,” Roehrich said. “Because I tend to play better in bad conditions than when I do in perfect conditions, and so I was pretty happy when it started to rain.”

She was especially happy when she parred hole No. 18 and she captured another Cyclone individual state championship. 

“When I rolled in my last putt and everybody came up and gave me a hug and said ‘You are state champion,’ it kind of took a little bit for it to set into my mind, and be like ‘Oh my goodness I did win.’ So it’s pretty great though,” Roehrich said. 

Chester won the girls team title with a +94, finishing ahead of Miller (+107) and Clark/Willow Lake (+125). 

Top-10 team scores: 1. Chester, +94; 2. Miller, +107; 3. Clark/Willow Lake, +125; 4. Estelline/Hendricks, +136; 5. Jones County, +142; 6. Burke, +143; 7. Selby Area, +145; 8. Platte-Geddes, +151; 9. Dell Rapids St. Mary, +154; 10. Philip, +165.

Top-25 individual results: 1. Brynn Roehrich, Clark/Willow Lake, 152; 2. Jayce Pugh, Miller, 158; 3. Jadyn McDonald, Chester, 159; 4. Taryn Hettick, Selby Area, 172; T-5. Annika Kriz, Deuel, 173; T-5. Olivia Olson, Sully Buttes, 173; T-5. Maddy Lauck, McCook Central/Montrose, 173; T-5. Olivia Mikkelsen, Potter County, 173; 9. Kamri Kittelson, Jones County, 174; 10. Kaihlyn Anderberg, Miller, 175; 11. Cadence Olivier, Chester, 176; 12. Abigail Svatos, Andes Central/Dakota Christian, 177; T-13. Ayla Texley, Estelline-Hendricks, 180; T-13. Lauren Roberts, Chester, 180; T-13. Eva Koisti, Hamlin, 180; T-16. McKenna Kocmich, Avon, 181; T-16. Claire Berg, 181; T-16. Addy Miller, Philip, 181; T-19. Maize Baumann, Selby Area, 184; T-19. Olivia Bull, Burke, 184; 19. Calli Davis, Burke, 184; T-22. Leah Schuman, Platte-Geddes, 185; T-22. Jade Buse, Freeman Academy/Marion, 185; T-24. Sadie Johnson, Estelline-Hendricks, 186; T-24. Allie Hansen, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 186; T-24. Mallory Gant, Platte-Geddes, 186.