BROOKINGS-The Mitchell High School boys golf team knocked off 24 strokes and finished in ninth place at the Class AA state golf tournament on Tuesday.
One day after shooting an opening round score of 344, the Kernels shaved 24 shots off their score at the Brookings Country Club. The Kernels were in 13th place after the first day, but finished in ninth after the 320 on Tuesday and two-day total of 664.
"We competed," Mitchell coach Mark Horan said. "The heads were down a little bit (Monday) after that round. We came back and I think our score was the sixth-best score of the day team-wise and everybody came to play."
Horan said the Kernels collectively settled down and didn't play with nerves like they did on Monday and achieved a goal, set before the tournament, of finishing in the top 10.
"They kind of executed the plan that we had," Horan said. "The greens were hard and fast and we told them to hit the ball to the front of the greens and let them feed up and that's what they did."
Senior Ethan Huber shot an 81 on Tuesday and tied for 31st place with a 163. Fellow seniors Nick Bennett and Jakob Studer finished 59th and 98th, respectively. Bennett shot a 174 and Studer carded a 206.
"We are going to miss three real good seniors," Horan said. "That was good for them to go out on a positive note and also then the ones coming back next year and so on, we are starting with real high hopes for a good season next year."
Max Dailey shot a two-day total of 164 and tied for 33rd place. Kade Clark shot a 79 on Tuesday, knocking off 10 strokes from Monday's round. He shot a 168 and tied for 47th place. Max Tupper tied for 57th place with a 173.
"They all did so well," Horan said. "I am proud of every single one of them."
Sioux Falls Lincoln's Ryan Neff was the individual medalist with a 145. The Patriots won the team title with a 606.
Cubs' Caldwell claims 5th place
DELL RAPIDS-Chamberlain's Cameron Caldwell capped off his sophomore campaign with a fifth-place finish at the Class A state golf tournament on Tuesday.
Caldwell shot an 82 at the Rocky Run Golf Course for a two-day total of 162. He shot a 41 on the front and back nines.
Parkston's Quinn Bormann shot an 80 on Tuesday and had a 165 through the two rounds. The freshman placed 12th.
Parkston placed seventh as a team with a 724, while Chamberlain finished 11th with a 773.
Tea Area's Brock Murphy was the individual medalist with a 152, edging out Sisseton's Nate Nielsen by two strokes. Tea Area won the team title with a 686.