HURON-The Mitchell High School girls golf team was more focused on Thursday, but it still struggled to move past poor holes. Still, the Kernels managed to have four players card fewer than 100 strokes at the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet.
"I did notice that they had bad holes and they couldn't quite let them go," Mitchell coach Keri Munsen said. "The mental part of the game kind of got the best of us."
Led by Masy Mock's 10th-place finish at 87 strokes, the Kernels (369) finished in fifth as a team at the Broadland Creek Golf Course. Mock was the lone Kernel to shoot under 90 strokes as she shot par on seven holes, including on three of the final five holes on the back nine.
"Masy told me she didn't let herself cry," Munsen said. "She was getting down on herself for a while. ... She kind of turned it around on her own, so that was good to see as a coach to see she could do that by herself."
Yankton won the meet with 336 strokes, with Peyton Tramp also being the medalist.
Quinn Dannenbring (91) and Ella Flippin (92) finished right next to each other in 18th and 20th, respectively. Dannenbring shot par on six holes, as well as a birdie on the 11th hole. Meanwhile, Flippin carded a par on five holes, including a stretch of four straight on holes 14 to 17.
"I still have a lot of room for them for improvement," Munsen said. "I still kind of expect two of them to be in the 80s and two in the lower 90s. As we get closer to state is when we need to buckle down."
Kailee Henglefelt was the fourth Kernel to shoot under 90 strokes. She birdied three holes to finish at 99 strokes and in 33rd place. Allison Meyerink (105) and Olivia Huber placed 39th and 44th, respectively.
"We kind of talked a little about (the mental game) on the way home-how it affects everybody," Munsen said. "They have to find a way to let it go and make the next hole better. Have a bad hole, shake it off, turn around and get a par on the next hole."
The Kernels compete in the Brandon Valley Invitational at 10 a.m. Tuesday, which will be its final competition prior to state.