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MHS boys golf's streak is snapped

Mitchell's Kade Clark takes a swing on Tuesday during the Rob Marchand Cup in Yankton. (Jeremy Hoeck / Yankton Press & Dakotan)

YANKTON -- The Mitchell High School golf team traveled to Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton for the Rob Marchand Memorial Cup on Tuesday.

The competition has become an annual outing in recent years, straying from traditional stroke-play to honor South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame inductee Rob Marchand in Ryder Cup-style play.

Mitchell had won the previous four tournaments heading into Tuesday’s match, but this time Yankton handled its guests with ease, 20-4.

“Their team was a little older, more experienced than ours top-to-bottom,” MHS head coach Mark Horan said. “They’re playing on their home course, but no excuses. They played well, we didn’t.”

The first six holes were four ball, with Yankton prevailing 4.5-1.5. The top Kernel duo of Ethan Huber and Max Dailey were able to earn a tie with Yankton’s Michael Frick and Jimmie Cunningham, while Ben Pommer and Dylan Soulek secured the lone win for Mitchell.

Holes seven through 12 were played scramble-style and the Kernels fared much better, earning two of its four points on the day. Nick Bennett and Max Tupper tied, as did Noah Larson and Masen Thompson, while Lincoln Bates and Jackson Childs picked up the lone win.

“I think scramble is a little more fun,” Horan said. “You’ve got your partner to rely on and if someone makes a mistake, the other guy’s shot is usually pretty good. It’s probably the most enjoyable of the three phases.”

The third phase was singles matches and Yankton won all but one, with Larson tying Jake Cunningham to pick up the lone points for Mitchell.

Mitchell looks to bounce back on Thursday at the Chamberlain Invite.