'I just want to golf': How a senior from a South Dakota reservation kept his dreams alive

Ask Lance Christensen why he loves golf and he'll paint you a picture. "It's such a special game," the Little Wound senior says, "being (...)

'I just want to golf': How a senior from a South Dakota reservation kept his dreams alive

Ask Lance Christensen why he loves golf and he’ll paint you a picture. “It’s such a special game,” the Little Wound senior says, “being outdoors, smelling the fresh-cut grass, birds chirping — all that stuff. I could go on and on.”

That passion — inherited from his father and swing coach, former Bennett County standout Lance Christensen Sr. — comes with a genuine appreciation for the opportunities he has to play.

Hailing from Kyle, a town of about 850 people on the eastern half of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Christensen lives about an hour from the nearest golf course. When he wants to play, he has to drive 49 miles south to Gordon, Nebraska or about 90 miles west towards the Rapid City Area.

“The kid’s like me. We’ll drive anywhere as long as we can golf,” Lance Sr. said of his son, who logged 5,200 miles traveling to meets last year. “When he gets there, there’s that excitement when he steps on the course. That’s one thing I’ve always noticed in raising him. He can’t wait to get that next opportunity.”

Over the years, Christensen’s dedication and passion have melded with his natural ability and relentlessly competitive drive to establish him as one of the state’s elite players.

Last season, he became the second golfer from a reservation school to win an individual state championship in South Dakota history (Corey Jensen, Todd County, Rosebud Reservation, 1998), and the first to do so from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

On Monday, Christensen began his quest to become the first repeat Class A state champion since 2010-11 (Ryan Medhaug, Sisseton), firing an opening round 86 at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs, his home course.

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After winning in his Champions Tour debut, Phil Mickelson is back for more.

The 50-year-old will make his second PGA Tour Champions start Oct. 16-18 at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic at The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course.

The event will be Mickelson’s first individual start in Virginia since the 1993 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in Williamsburg. The five-time major winner also played on four U.S Presidents Cup teams at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2005.

The 54-hole Champions event is usually the first of three Charles Schwab Cup playoff events at the end of the season, but due to changes in scheduling from the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be played next week without fans on-site.

In his Champions Tour debut in August, Mickelson won the Charles Schwab Cup Series at Ozarks National by four shots. The 44-time winner on the PGA Tour finished the event 22-under 191 to become the 20th player to win his first Champions start.

Joining Mickelson in the field at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic are Ernie Els and Jim Furyk. Els, 50, tied for second in his Champions debut in January and won his third start at the Hoag Classic in March. Furyk, 50, won his tour debut at the Ally Challenge in August and won again in his second start at the PURE Insurance Championship last month.

The Dominion Energy Charity Classic can be watched live on Golf Channel Oct. 16 from 2-5 p.m. EDT and Oct. 17-18 from 2:30-5 p.m. EDT.

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