BRANDON – Former South Dakota State standout Megan Mingo and South Dakota junior Tom Vining won SDGA Amateur Championship titles over the weekend at Brandon Golf Course.
Mingo, a Yankton native, built a big lead through two rounds and won by five strokes for her eighth career SDGA title – including third straight Amateur title.
Mingo, who won the Summit League Women’s Golf Championship crown for the Jackrabbits as a senior in May, made four birdies during an opening-round 1-under-par 70 on Friday.
She closed with back-to-back 74s for a 5-over 218 total.
Kali Trautman, an Augustana golfer from Deuel High School, birdied four of her final nine holes for a final-round 69 Sunday. She was runner-up with a 223 tally.
Trautman was also second at the Two-Woman Championship last week at Brookings Country Club.
Pierre native Katie Bartlett finished third at 224 (71-74-79). USD golfers Karli Kerrigan (72-79-74) and Jennifer Vincent (81-75-73) were fourth and tied for fifth with scores of 225 and 229, respectively. Sioux Falls’ Karla Cotton (82-71-76) also tied for fifth at 229.
Parkston natives Sydney Weber (77-75-80) and Sydney Bormann (77-75-81), a sophomore at SDSU, were seventh and eighth with scores of 232 and 233, respectively. They recently won the Two-Woman Championship.
In addition to her three Amateur titles, Mingo teamed with Pierre native and Jackrabbit teammate Hallie Getz to win the Two-Woman in 2016, 2015 and 2014. They did not compete in the event this season.
Mingo won the Junior as a youngster in 2010 and added a victory in 2013.
Vining sandwiched a pair of 66s around a 72 to win the title by two strokes with a 9-under 204 total.
Vining made five birdies in a six-hole stretch to close the front nine on Sunday. He added two more red numbers on the back en route to the 5-under-par round.
His opening round Friday included eight birdies, with four of them coming consecutively on holes 14 through 17. Vining made four birdies in Round 2 on Saturday.
Defending champion Arron Lickteig, of Marion, was runner-up at 206 (69-68-69).
Aberdeen’s Andrew Welk (68-68-71—207), SDSU golfer Naqiuddin Fuad (71-69-68—208) and Sioux Falls high schooler Will Grevlos (66-77-66—209) rounded out the top five.
Six Brookings Country Club members were in the field.
Jake Steen, the 2015 city champ, led the way with a 39th-place finish at 222 (73-71-78—222).
Reigning club champion Brodie Hullinger tied for 44th with a 224 (76-72-76) total.
Jared Baszler finished in a tie for 49th at 226 (72-76-78).
Brian Berkenhoff (77-75-77) and two-time defending city champ Scott Holm (75-81-72) tied for 56th at 228. Holm placed second in the Third Flight. Tyler VanHecke, a member of the victorious BCC Member-Guest team, tied for 70th at 233 (79-74-80).
Notes: Vining played the 479-yard, par-5 16th hole in 3-under for the week. He was 2-under each on Nos. 5, 6, 9, 11, 15 and 16. … Vining has three career SDGA titles. He became the fifth individual to win the Match Play and Amateur in the same season in 2015. He joined Sioux Falls’ Ryan Jansa (1993 and 1995), Huron’s Dave Hanten (1974), Onida’s Curt Byrum (1979) and Sioux Falls’ Paul Schock (2002) on the exclusive list.