State girls golf tournaments tee off Monday

The Class AA girls state golf tournament will be held at Moccasin Creek Country Club beginning tomorrow and Rapid City Central and Stevens both hope that their top players can make some noise atop the standings.

Central's Erin Trohkimoinen and Stevens' Emmy Sundby have been their teams' No. 1 players all season long but coaches from both squads like where their teams are at, even if the track they'll be playing is a tad difficult and somewhat unfamiliar.

Central head coach Jeremy Noyes said, "It's a tough course for girls. It's long and there's some trouble out there. We played there for boys two years ago and we saw a few big numbers on a couple of holes with the boys so we're hoping we can stay out of trouble out there."

Stevens head coach Nick Rotella said, "We have played Moccasin Creek twice so far, where the state tournament is at, and our team has gotten better each time. It's one of those courses where nobody on our team had played it before this year, so going in there were a couple of holes that had hazards behind hills, things that if we didn't really know the course it made it difficult to play right away."

The Class A girls will be held at Rocky Run in Dell Rapids. Region 4A champs Belle Fourche, behind Black Hills Conference champ Jade Burr and Payson Birkeland, along with St. Thomas More and Region 4A medalist Alex Kandolin look to be factors in the Class A tourney.

The Class B girls will play at Prairie Wind Golf Club in Watertown and the Class B boys tournament will be held at Cattail Crossing in Watertown.