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Cougar girls golf preps for another run at a state team title

BURKE--In each of the last two seasons, it's been a case of "close but not quite" for the Burke/South Central girls golf team in their pursuit for a Class B state team title.

BURKE-In each of the last two seasons, it's been a case of "close but not quite" for the Burke/South Central girls golf team in their pursuit for a Class B state team title.

There's reason to believe the Cougars will be in the hunt again this year. The team brings back four key state qualifiers from last year's team, which didn't have a senior on the roster and coach Billie Jo Indahl said her team is hungry for more success after a pair of state runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015.

"Everybody is back," Indahl said. "We've got one senior and we were fairly young last year. We're still fairly young, to be honest. Having everyone back is certainly going to help because we have a good idea of what to expect this season."

In both 2014 and 2015, Burke/South Central finished behind Deubrook Area, which has won three of the last five Class B girls titles.

The team is led by two young standouts. Taylee Indahl, an eighth-grader, finished fifth at the Class B state meet in 2015 and was the second-place finisher at the region competition. Sophomore Tressa Bull finished tied for 12th at state in 2015 and has been in the top 20 in each of the last two state meets. Both players had strong showings on the South Dakota Junior Golf Tour in 2015; Indahl won her age division by 75 points and Bull finished fourth in her division.

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"They're great girls that put in a lot of time and that's what it takes to make yourself better," Coach Indahl said. "We have a whole team that puts in great effort."

The team will also have key leadership from Hannah Karbo, a senior who has made the state meet three times. Freshman Emily Stuke returns from last season's team and Sierra Swan and Brecken Bartling also figure to be key newcomers for the team.

Indahl said her team is made up of players that are driven and they're not complacent with strong state meet finishes.

"They love the sport and they love the competition," she said. "They don't settle and they want to get better. They push each other. I think after finishing in second place in each of the last two seasons, the goal is pretty clear of where we want to be."

Indahl said one focus for the team is its play in the short game and around the greens with chipping, pitches and putting.

"If you can pick up strokes there, you going to pick up strokes as a team and win tournaments," she said. "I think that's going to be key for our team. Every time out, our players are going to get stronger."

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Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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