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Sully Buttes' Gavin Colson claims Class B boys golf title, Wessington Springs wins team championship
Sully Buttes' Gavin Colson watches a tee shot on Tuesday at the Brookings Country Club.
(Ryan Deal / 605 Sports)
Jun 4, 2024

By Ryan Deal 

605 Sports 

BROOKINGS — Onida, located in central South Dakota, has a pretty good golf reputation. 

The Sully Buttes High School boys have claimed five Class B boys golf titles, professional golfers Curt and Tom Byrum are graduates and the renowned Sutton Bay Golf Course sits nearby the Missouri River. 

On Tuesday, Sully Buttes sophomore Gavin Colson added his name to the Charger golf legacy, winning the Class B boys golf state championship. He’s the first Charger to win a boys state title since Scott Hofer in 1977. 

“It’s an honor,” Colson said. “Those guys were great. The Byrums were awesome. I am glad I could join them.” 

Colson shot a 6-over 150, shooting a 75 on both rounds at the Brookings Country Club. Colson edged Ipswich’s Chet Peterson and Colman-Egan’s Taylor Kriech, who both finished tied for second with 152s. 

Colson had a four-shot lead entering the final round and built a cushion with a 34 on the front nine on Tuesday. He logged three birdies on the front nine. But Peterson and Kriech stayed within striking distance. 

Peterson shot a 35 on the back nine, while Kriech shot 38s on both nines. Colson’s 41 on the back nine left the door open.

“I knew coming down the stretch I probably had a little bit of a cushion,” Colson said. “I figured I had a little more than that, but it was nerve racking of course. We fought through it and it worked out.” 

And after Monday’s nearly pristine day for golf, the players were met with windy and rainy conditions on Tuesday. 

“To start, it was all right,” Colson said. “But the back nine got rough. It was really windy, and a lot of rain, but I fought through it.”

On Tuesday, Colson carded back-to-back bogeys on holes 16 and 17. Peterson, who was in the group ahead of Colson, birdied No. 18 to get within two back of Colson. 

But Colson parred the par-5 18th hole to secure the state championship. 

“It was awesome,” Colson said. “You can’t beat that feeling. That’s why we play golf, for that feeling right there.”

In the team standings, Wessington Springs won its first-ever boys golf title. The Spartans shot a 478, holding off Hanson (479) and Hamlin (481) for the team title. 

Top-10 team scores: 1. Wessington Springs, 478; 2. Hanson, 479; 3. Hamlin, 481; 4. Ipswich, 494; 5. Chester, 496; 6. Hill City, 499; 7. Wall, 500; 8. Sully Buttes, 502; 9. Edmunds Central, 503; 10. Philip, 508. 

Top-25 Individual Results: 1. Gavin Colson, Sully Buttes, 150; T-2. Chet Peterson, Ipswich, 152; T-2. Taylor Kriech, Colman-Egan, 152; T-4. Wyatt Larson, McIntosh, 154; T-4. Blake Larson, McIntosh, 154; T-6. Logan Vavruska, Florence/Henry, 156; T-6. Derek Brueggeman, Miller, 156; T-8. Ben Wilber, Hanson, 157; T-8. Wesley Wittler, Sully Buttes, 157; T-8. AJ Wilber, Hanson, 157; T-8. Trevor Schulz, Wall, 157; T-12. Jackson Wadsworth, Hamlin, 159; T-12. Seth Hettick, Edmunds Central, 159; 14. Luke Franser, Hamlin, 160; T-15. Alfred Frankenhoff, Chester, 161; T-15. Rylan Gerlach, Ethan, 161; T-15. Drake Mueller, Faulkton Area, 161; T-18. Zane Messick, Hill City, 162; T-18. Blaize Amdahl, Webster Area, 162; T-18. Luke Larson, Wessington Springs, 162; T-18. Trevon Beckman, Dell Rapids St. Mary, 162; T-18. Harrison Beyers, Edmunds Central, 162; T-18. Gavin Landmark, Deubrook Area, 162; T-18. Aiden Abraham, Hamlin, 162; T-25. Kaiden Weinreis, Doland, 163; T-25. Lane Tvedt, Castlewood, 163.