Kernel girls golf shoots way to third
HARRISBURG—The Mitchell High girls golf team failed to put anyone in the top-10 individually, but placed third as a team at the Harrisburg pentangular on Thursday. Mitchell carded 366 strokes, while Sioux Falls O'Gorman shot 311 to top Yankton by 30 strokes.
"I think we did very well under the circumstances that we haven't had a chance to play very much," Mitchell coach Keri Munsen said about her team's first tournament of the season.
Masy Mock paced the Kernels with a 12-over 84 to take 11th place overall. She shot five pars and two birdies, helping her shoot a 43 on the front 9 and 41 on the back 9.
"She probably left a few strokes out there, but she stayed confident all day," Munsen said. "Her mood was good. She knew she made a few mistakes, but she shook them off and moved on."
A pair of seventh-graders stepped up for the Kernels, too. Quinn Dannenbring shot a 91 to tie for 16th, while Allison Meyerink finished in 23rd, shooting 100. Dannenberg birdied Hole No. 3, while also shooting three pars.
"They had never played that course before and they went after it," Munsen said. "For them being as nervous as they were to start the round, I feel like they conquered their fears and capitalized, played smart and played really well."
Kailee Henglefelt shot a 91 to tie Dannenbring for 16th. She shot four pars and birdied Hole No. 5 for the Kernels.
Jenna Sutcliffe (+3, 75) and Sophie Jansa (+5, 77) finished first and second, respectively, to help O'Gorman finish atop the team standings.
Mitchell competes in the Chamberlain Invitational on Monday. It'll bring five or six middle schoolers to the nine-hole tournament.
"It's basically to give them experience," Munsen said. "Put them out there and see what they can do."