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Golfers open season in Sturgis, Hot Springs

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

By Jason Ferguson
The Custer High School boys golf team got its season off to a strong start last Monday afternoon with a sixth place finish at the Sturgis Invitational, played at Boulder Canyon Country Club.
Against a field that included several AA schools, Custer battled its way to a sixth place finish with a team score of 359. Leading the way was senior Cody Martinz, who finished with an 84. Just behind him was his brother, Blake Martinz, at 88. Rounding out Custer’s scores were Rhett Larsen at 89, Lane Robb 98, Adam Baker 110 and Cole Conard 113.
Medalist honors went to Tate McVay of Sturgis, who finished with a six-under, par 66, good for a nine stroke win. The top team was Rapid City Central at 316, followed by Rapid City Stevens at 339 and Lead-Deadwood at 359.
The following day the team was back in action when it headed south for the Hot Springs Invitational, where the Wildcats placed fourth with a team score of 354.
Pacing the Wildcats at the meet was Blake Martinz, who fired a score of 84, good for 10th place. Garrett Mack of Lead-Deadwood was medalist at the meet with a 79, and the Golddiggers also won the team title with a score of 316, 22 strokes ahead of the second place team, St. Thomas More.
Other scores for Custer included Cody Martinz 87, Larsen 88, Baker 95, Robb 96, Conard 100.
Head coach Paul Kelley said he was happy with the team’s play at the meets, and said once it gets to full strength, he expects the team to be even better at its next few tournaments.
“If we can get four kids who can consistently shoot in the 80s, they will do well this year,” he said.
The team will make its home debut Friday when it hosts a dual against Hot Springs. Tee time is noon at Rocky Knolls Golf Course.

The Custer High School boys golf team got its season off to a strong start last Monday afternoon with a sixth place finish at the Sturgis Invitational, played at Boulder Canyon Country Club.

Against a field that included several AA schools, Custer battled its way to a sixth place finish with a team score of 359. Leading the way was senior Cody Martinz, who finished with an 84. Just behind him was his brother, Blake Martinz, at 88. Rounding out Custer’s scores were Rhett Larsen at 89, Lane Robb 98, Adam Baker 110 and Cole Conard 113.

Medalist honors went to Tate McVay of Sturgis, who finished with a six-under, par 66, good for a nine stroke win. The top team was Rapid City Central at 316, followed by Rapid City Stevens at 339 and Lead-Deadwood at 359.

The following day the team was back in action when it headed south for the Hot Springs Invitational, where the Wildcats placed fourth with a team score of 354.

Pacing the Wildcats at the meet was Blake Martinz, who fired a score of 84, good for 10th place. Garrett Mack of Lead-Deadwood was medalist at the meet with a 79, and the Golddiggers also won the team title with a score of 316, 22 strokes ahead of the second place team, St. Thomas More.

Other scores for Custer included Cody Martinz 87, Larsen 88, Baker 95, Robb 96, Conard 100.

Head coach Paul Kelley said he was happy with the team’s play at the meets, and said once it gets to full strength, he expects the team to be even better at its next few tournaments.

“If we can get four kids who can consistently shoot in the 80s, they will do well this year,” he said.

The team will make its home debut Friday when it hosts a dual against Hot Springs. Tee time is noon at Rocky Knolls Golf Course.



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