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Mitchell girls tie for 10th place at state

Mitchell's Makayla Grissom watches her putt on the first hole at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen during Tuesday's final round of the Class AA State Golf Tournament. (John Davis / Aberdeen American News)1 / 2
Mitchell's Ashley Zimmer watches her tee shot on the 18th hole at Moccasin Creek Country Club in Aberdeen during Tuesday's final round of the Class AA State Golf Tournament. (John Davis / Aberdeen American News)2 / 2

ABERDEEN—Paced by Masy Mock, the Mitchell High School girls golf team tied for 10th place at the Class AA state tournament on Tuesday.

The Kernels carded a 747 at Moccasin Creek Country Club and tied with Eastern South Dakota Conference foe Watertown for 10th place. Sioux Falls O'Gorman won the team title with a 648, while Aberdeen Central placed second with a 671. Aberdeen Central's Sydney Wirebaugh shot a 152—72 on Tuesday—to claim individual medalist honors.

Mitchell didn't reach its team goal of top six at state, but it knocked off seven strokes from its opening day score.

"We kind of had a goal in mind the whole year to get sixth place at state," Mitchell coach Keri Munsen said. "We just couldn't get it done, but I couldn't be more prouder of the girls for the way that they came back from shooting bad on the first nine and then turning it around and shaving off the strokes on the back nine."

Munsen said the Kernels didn't let the nerves get to them on Tuesday, which was the case on Monday.

"I think (Tuesday) the nerves were pretty much gone," Munsen said. "They used them all up the first day. You could tell how they weren't even swinging the ball right. They were tight. They just wouldn't loosen up. They let the head game get to them and it was just too hard that first day and (Tuesday) they actually just went out there—even though it was just miserably hot—they just had fun."

Mock, who shot an 89 on the first day, carded an 84 on Tuesday for a two-day score of 173.

"It was great to see her kind of pull it together after the first day," Munsen said. "Seeing her finish out on a higher note (Tuesday) and placing the way she placed, I couldn't be happier than that."

Senior Ashley Zimmer capped off her Kernel career tied for 30th place with a 183.

"She's been one of those girls all year that's had the best attitude," Munsen said. "Basically no matter what she is shooting. She has come so far in the last three years."

Kailee Henglefelt (193) finished 53rd place, while Delilah Brinker (201) and Kaylie Zens (201) tied for 55th place. Makayla Grissom (203) tie for 59th.

The Kernels will graduate five seniors, but Munsen likes the group she's got returning for next season. Mock will be a sophomore next season.

"Seeing them progress year after year is going to be a fun thing, too," Munsen said. "I know Masy is going to step up and be a leader, for sure. We are going to have a couple other sophomores that are in the mix with it, too. It's fun to look forward to another year."