Scholten inducted to Hall of Fame


BROOKINGS – Former Brookings High School golf coach Bill Scholten was inducted to the South Dakota High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame Tuesday.

After graduating from South Dakota State University, Scholten started teaching and coaching in 1977 at Brookings High School and then taught and headed both the boys and girls programs for 40 years until his retirement in 2017. 

Scholten led his teams to 11 State Championships, nine Runner-up finishes, 26 ESD Titles and lead Brookings to the 1998 South Dakota Sportswriters Team of the Year.. He also had a 62% winning percentage for girls and 47% for boys out of almost two thousand meets. Bill had eight individual medalists and many of his former players have went on to play at the highest levels collegiately and either work or coach in the sport of golf. 

He was the 2003 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National High School Golf Coach of the Year. He was selected as the SDHSCA’s Golf Coach of the year three times (1988, 2000, 2003) and also coached the SD All-Star Golf Team in Aberdeen in 2000. Scholten was awarded the SDSU’s Ralph Ginn Award for Coaching and is already in the Hall of Fames for the South Dakota High School Coaches Association and the Brookings HS Hall of Fame for Coaching. 

Before graduating from SDSU, Bill Scholten began his coaching career as an Assistant Golf Coach at SDSU in 1976 at the NCAA Division II level

Scholten’s contributions to the game outside coaching consist of working as a manager at Brookings Country Club since 1998. Sitting on the South Dakota Golf Association’s board of Directors since 2001 where he served as Vice President (2013-2014) and President (2015-2016). He currently sits on the South Dakota Junior Golf Foundation board of Directors.

Additionally, Scholten has served on the South Dakota High School Coaches Association Board of Directors as Golf’s Sport Executive Secretary for three years and represented Class AA Golf on the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s Advisory Board for another three years. Scholten was also a SDHSAA Tournament Director and Rules Official for numerous state championship. 

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