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Mitchell girls golf in ninth after round one

Mitchell's Masy Mock watches her tee shot on the third hole at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen during Monday's first round of the Class AA State Golf Tournament. (John Davis / Aberdeen American News)

ABERDEEN—There's room to improve for the Mitchell High School girls golf team after the first day of competition at the Class AA girls golf tournament

Mitchell was ninth on the first day with a team score of 377 at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen. The Kernels are only eight strokes behind sixth-place Sioux Falls Roosevelt.

"I don't think we played terrible," head coach Keri Munsen said. "(Monday) the nerves were in full-swing for the girls. They were really nervous when they teed off, and you could see it throughout the day."

Munsen said nerves impacted the girls' club selection early in the round, as well them being tight on swings.

Still, Ashley Zimmer and Masy Mock are tied for 20th in the individual standings. Both shot an 89 at Moccasin Creek.

"They were really striking the balls well," Munsen said. "I could see it in Masy today that it wasn't quite there at the beginning, but as I watched her on the second nine, I noticed that she was really going after the holes. She did go par, birdie, birdie to start her next nine."

Mock shot a 49 on her first nine holes and improved to shoot a 40 on the back nine.

Kaylie Zens is tied for 51st with a score of 99, and Makayla Grissom is tied for 55th with a score of 100.

Mock and Zimmer weren't enough to help the Kernels finish round one as high as Munsen imagined, though. For Mitchell to improve in the team standings, it needs to putt better today.

"There are a few things we'll work on in the morning, as far as short game because there were way too many putts out there (Monday)," Munsen said. "Greens were tough, pretty fast, and they'll be worse (today)."

It's a tough course, especially with wind, Munsen admits. Although, she doesn't think weather played a factor Monday, and even though it's supposed to be hotter today, she expects better results.

"I see us being a lot more relaxed, and having a little more fun because I saw a lot of good things out there, but I also saw a lot of bad things," Munsen said. "That's the game of golf. You can't expect to do your best every time."

Sioux Falls O'Gorman leads the team standings with a score of 326. Aberdeen Central with 342 strokes, Yankton with 343, Brandon Valley with a card of 360 and Huron with a score of 364 round out the top five.

Individually, Sioux Falls O'Gorman's Sophia Salter leads the way with a 6-over-78, followed by a tie for second between Aberdeen Central's Sydney Wirebaugh and Rapid City Central's Erin Trohkimoinen with a score of 80. Cassidy Gough, of Aberdeen Central, and Morgan Strahl, of Yankton, are tied for fourth with a card of 81.

"If you look at the other teams, we're only eight strokes off of being in sixth place, where I said we'd be," Munsen said. "I said that many times, and I truly believe that is where we'll end up."