Rule changes approved for high school golf and track

PIERRE – In the future the South Dakota High School Activities Association may seek some consistency in the way that the state’s golfers qualify for state tournaments.

That suggestion was made last week when SDHSAA board members approved the annual changes to the organization’s Athletic Handbook.

Prior to last year, 60% of Class A Golfers qualified for the state tournament. Last April, the board approved a rule change reducing the field to 50%. At the time, SDHSAA staff said tournament days were taking longer than six hours with some golfers on the course who didn’t belong in a state tournament.

This year, a request from Class A Athletic directors sought a return to the 60% number or, barring that, a redistribution of Athletes if a region doesn’t send a full complement of Golfers to the state tournament.

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