Karst clinches emotional team title for Quarriers
Putt wins it on day coach, players carried heavy heart
October 15. 2013 12:26PM
HARTFORD — Dell Rapids coach Mick Hoglund had an incredibly emotional day last Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Hoglund was tending to the death of his father, Gene, in Lake Norden. He then made the 80-mile drive to the Central Valley Golf Club in Hartford to watch his Quarriers win the Class A state tournament by one stroke.
Adam Karst drilled a 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole to give the Quarriers the 662-663 victory over Parkston. With the Quarriers trailing by three strokes with four holes to play, Karst bogeyed once, but parred twice and had one birdie to claim the victory.
Following the finish, an emotional Dell Rapids fan base and players took several minutes embracing Hoglund.
“I thought about not coming today, but I had to. I love these guys,” Hoglund said. “You can kind of tell by the way they’re walking if they’re feeling good about it. He (Karst) was carrying himself very well, so I thought we had a chance.”
Karst entered Tuesday’s play trailing Aberdeen Roncalli’s Michael Duch by one stroke for the individual title. He suffered a miserable front nine and trailed Duch by eight strokes going into the final nine holes. His ability to shoot par on the back nine and nail down the team championship on 18 is even more impressive.
“I didn’t know we even had a chance at the team title, which is the scariest thing about it. I just kept pushing through,” Karst said. “I had no idea how big that last putt was.”
Duch shot 1-under on the front nine and distanced himself from his foursome of Karst, St. Thomas More’s Jeron Laurenti and Parkston’s Ty Kinneberg.
Entering the back nine, catching Duch was nearly impossible as he led his foursome by eight, 11 and 13 strokes, respectively.
Duch was steady throughout the day and won by three shots over Karst (73/78) for the individual title.
He shot a four-over 76 on Tuesday but was shooting even par before the 18th. He had a comfortable lead over the rest of the field but quadruple-bogeyed the 18th, finishing the tournament with a four-over 148.
Just when it looked like Duch might have a problem on the back nine giving the group a chance to narrow the gap, he made an incredible birdie on the par-5 11th that seemed to take any momentum away from the rest of the foursome.
Duch’s second shot landed deep in the rough on the 11th, and his third shot never reached the green despite Duch’s body language to will it over the lip. However, he buried a 20-footer for par, an uphill shot from the fringe.
“I lost to a great player today,” Karst said. “He beat me by way more than three strokes. That last hole just kind of got away from him. He’s way better than that.”
As the sun began to fade on the course, teams and fans took photos together. Hoglund did the same, and then walked off the course and into the parking lot with several Quarrier faithful surrounding him.
“My dad was the biggest sports fan ever,” he said. “He would have loved to have been here today.”
Zach Schroeder finished in 12th place (80/87), while Devon Weber (86/85) and Ty Hoglund (84/89) finished in 20th and 21st place for the Quarriers.
In his first year of varsity play, eighth grader Mason Schmidt shot 193 through two rounds (98/95).
The title was the Quarriers’ second in three years.