Golf

More Than 1000 Volunteers Sought for 2019 Sanford International

The PGA Tour Champions Event returns to Sioux Falls September 16-22

While spectators have an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with some of golf’s greatest again this fall at the Sanford International, the volunteer roles available for the 2019 PGA Tour Champions Event offer that much greater a chance. Registration recently opened for the event. Details can be found here and in the interview below. The event this year…

Golfing Season Begins in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Golfing season has begun. Prairie Green Golf Course opened Wednesday in Sioux Falls, an entire month ahead of last season. Fortunately flooding did not affect them much, so they were in good shape to open. They are even allowing carts. Elmwood Golf Course is also partially open. “We just made it a priority. We felt like if…

Miller’s Final NBC Call Will Be Third Round of Phoenix Open

He's been on the mic for the network and a lead analyst since 1990

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)Johnny Miller’s final broadcast as NBC’s golf analyst will be during the third round of the Phoenix Open. The network said Wednesday that it will honor Miller during the Feb. 2 broadcast since the final round on Feb. 3 is about crowning a champion. The final round is on the same day as the Super Bowl. Miller,…

Area Golfers Are Invited to Take Advantage of Warmer Temperatures

The return of warmer temperatures to the Sioux Empire have local public golf courses reopening for a short period of time. The following GreatLIFE Courses will be open Wednesday, November 14th – Thursday, November 15th: Bakker Crossing, Central Valley, and Willow Run will open at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday with carts available. The driving ranges are closed. The front nine is also opens at…

Shannon Johnson Wins USGA Mid-Amateur

Sioux Falls' Native Earns Start In 2019 Women's US Open

BROCKTON, MA  —  Sioux Falls native Shannon Johnson is the USGA ‘s Mid-Amateur Champion. Johnson defeated the defending champion Kelsey Chugg in the championship match at Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton Massachusetts.  That means that Shannon, who was a runner up in this tournament in 2016, has earned a start in next year’s US Women’s Open. Categories: Semi Pro,…

KDLT AT THE SANFORD INTERNATIONAL-Tournament Director Greg Conrad Puts A Wrap On The Inaugural Week

Big Crowds & Jack Nicklaus Highlight First Sanford International

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  The inaugural Sanford International is in the books, and it’ll be a tough act to follow in years to come!  Tournament director Greg Conrad is already looking ahead to next year and chatted with sports director Mark Ovenden after Sunday’s final round to look back at the weekend and look ahead.  Click on the video viewer…

Jerry Smith & Three Others Lead After First Round Of Sanford International

Iowa Native Shoots 7-Under Par 63

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  The first ever PGA Tournament event in South Dakota got off to a rousing start on Friday afternoon, with four players sharing the lead after the opening round of the Sanford International.  Click on the video viewer for first round highlights and interviews with Jerry Smith and Onida native Tom Byrum.  You can view the leaderboard…

KDLT AT THE SANFORD INTERNATIONAL-Live With Minnehaha Superintendent David Swift

Groundskeepers Trying To Dry Out Course

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  Rain has turned the inaugural Sanford International into a soggy mess.  Fortunately, clear skies and calm weather is expected when the tournament tees off tomorrow, and course officials are scrambling to dry out Minnehaha Country Club.  KDLT Sports Director Mark Ovenden spoke live with superintendent David Swift to see what is being done to get the…

Thursday’s Sanford International Pro-Am Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Officials with Sanford International cancelled Thursday’s EMC Championship Pro-Am tournament shortly after 7:00 a.m. due to the incessant round of storms passing through the Sioux Falls region. Per the event’s website, tournament officials are encouraging players to come to the golf course and receive their gift. There will be food and beverages served with a Ryder Cup round table in…

Someone You Should Know: The Champion Behind The Scenes

Meet the man who's working hard to make the Sanford International a success

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Running the biggest golf tournament in South Dakota has become one man’s full-time job.  He’s made sacrifices for the Sanford International, but you rarely see him without a smile and positive attitude. “It’s just like how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” says Sanford International Tournament Director Greg Conrad. If that’s the…

Sanford International Golfers Go Pheasant Hunting

EMERY, S.D. – The Sanford International Golf Tournament is plenty fun, but sometimes it’s nice to get competitive off the golf course. You can hear the sounds of gunshots from far away, but also, the laughs. “ got some good friendships so it’s a good way to get out and enjoy the outdoors, have some fun, and then shoot some…

KDLT Sanford International Preview Show

A Look Inside The First Ever PGA Champions Tour Event In Sioux Falls!

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  For the first time ever, Sioux Falls is hosting a PGA Champions Tour event.  The Sanford International tees off on Friday, and KDLT has you covered with all you need to know about the tournament in our special Sanford International Preview Show!  We’ll have a look inside the ropes at the key holes, personalities, and…

22-Year-Old Golfer Found Dead on Iowa Course

Celia Barquin ArozamenaAMES, Iowa – A former Iowa State University golfer has been found dead at a golf course, and a man has been charged with murder in her death. Police said in a news release that 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames and officers determined she had died after being assaulted….

John Daly Hoping To Play Sanford International Through Back Pain

Two-Time Major Champion Amongst First To Practice Monday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  One of the biggest fan favorites on the PGA Champions Tour, two-time major champion John Daly, was amongst the first golfers on the course practicing at the Sanford International on Monday. He’s hoping to play through the full weekend with treatment at Sanford for his bad back. Categories: National Sports, Sports, Sports Top Story Tags: Golf,…

Excited Champions Tour Pros Begin Practice At Sanford International

Players Eager To Meet New Fans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  One of the most anticipated weeks in Sioux Falls history is underway as Champions Tour players are arriving and practicing at Minnehaha Country Club ahead of this weekend’s Sanford International. The pros began arriving last night and have been out and about today on the course or at the driving range.  Playing in a new event…

GreatLIFE Challenge Wide Open After Three Rounds

Final Round Tomorrow

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A familiar name in the fourth annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at Willow Run Golf Course heads into the final round with a one-shot lead, as Linnea Ström (Hovas, Sweden) put together a 4-under par 66 today and is 8-under par overall. The Symetra Tour rookie also shared the lead after round one on Thursday. Now,…

Guthmiller & Guthrie Claim State Amateur Golf Titles

Yankton Native Dominates Men's Tournament While Guthrie Comes From Four Shots Back

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  The final afternoon of play at the SDGA State Golf Amateur Tournament produced two drastically different champions. Yankton native and University of Nebraska golfer Jace Guthmiller finished off a dominant weekend, winning by five strokes in the 48th edition of the men’s amateur.  On the women’s side it was Karissa Guthrie coming from four shots behind…

State Amateur Golf Tournaments Tee Off

SDGA's 56th Women's Amateur & 48th Men's Amateur At Elmwood

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  The SDGA Men’s & Women’s State Amateur Golf Tournament’s teed off on Friday afternoon at Elmwood in Sioux Falls.  Jace Guthmiller’s ten under par 62 gave him a one shot lead on Jack Lundin in the 48th edition of the men’s amateur while Katie Bartlett, Alex Kandolin & Maggie Murphy each shot a 74 to co-lead…

Tonight at 10: Honest High School Golfer’s Reward

Kate Wynja chosen to play in Sioux Falls professional golf event after heartbreaking state tourney DQ

A Sioux Falls golfer’s act of integrity grabbed national headlines last month.  Now, it’s giving her the opportunity of a lifetime. Kate Wynja was set to win the high school state golf tournament.  However, she reported her own scorecard violation and was disqualified.  Those actions aren’t going unnoticed.  On Labor Day weekend, Wynja will play alongside nearly 150 golf professionals…

T.J. Nolan & Hallie Getz Win State Golf Match Play Titles

SDGA Championship In Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D.  —  The SDGA State Match Play Championships came to a close on Sunday afternoon at Red Rock Golf Club in Rapid City. In the 98th edition of the men’s tournament, Rapid City’s T.J. Nolan defeated Sioux Falls Jacob Otta 4 &3.  The 45th women’s tournament came down to a pair of Pierre High School alums as Hallie…