In his final year as a Titan golfer, Tea Area’s Kolby Newborg earned second place at the 2017 State A boys State Championship at the Dakota Dunes. Newborg, a senior at TAHS, finished just five strokes away from the State Champion, Lucas Schaefbauer from Aberdeen Roncalli, with Newborg shooting a 154 for a two day total and Schaefbauer a 149.
In the opening round of the tournament on Monday, Oct. 2 Newborg finished with a 76 on 18 holes, shooting a 37 on the front nine and a 39 on the back. His day of golf featured three birdies and nine parred holes. On day two, Oct. 3, Newborg shot a 78, finishing with a 39 on the front nine and a 39 on the back nine. His second day of golf featured two birdies and nine parred holes.
Newborg was not the only Titan finding success at State. Brock Murphy, a junior at TAHS, finished with a two day total of 158 to capture fourth place at State. Murphy finished with a 77 on the opening day of the Tournament, shooting a 37 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine. Murphy parred 13 holes in the opening round. During day two, Murphy finished with a score of 81 on 18 holes. He shot a 40 on the front nine and a 41 on the back. His second day featured one birdie and eight parred holes.
With their second place finish at Regions, the entire Titan golf team qualified for State. Along with Newborg and Murphy, Eric Munson, Cooper Leslie and Mason Schlunsen also competed.
Munson finished with a two day total of 200, shooting a 102 on day one (48, 54) and a 98 (47, 51) on the second day of State. This total tied him for 60th among the top golfers.
Leslie finished with a two day total of 214 which tied him for 73rd place. Leslie shot a 107 (52, 55) on day one and a 107 (52, 55) on day two.
Schlunsen finished with a two day total of 219. He shot a 104 (47, 57) on day one and a 115 on day two (50, 65). The two day total tied him for 82nd at State.
As a team, Tea Area finished seventh. Aberdeen Roncalli won the team title, Dakota Valley took second, Sisseton third, Sioux Valley fourth, and Madison rounded out the top five.