PIERRE -- While the wind was blowing, Max Dailey was shooting his way up the leaderboard on Tuesday.
The Mitchell High School senior fired a 5-over-par 77 and finished in fourth place at a windy Hillsview Golf Course. Dailey carded a 39 on the front nine and a 38 on the back nine. He recorded a birdie on both nines.
“The conditions were horrible,” Mitchell coach Mark Horan said. “The winds were steady at 30 miles an hour and gusting up to 40. It was hard to hit the ball where you wanted to, but through all those conditions Max Dailey played a super round and really fought hard. He kept his positive attitude up all day.”
Lincoln Bates shot a 16-over-par 88 and tied for 24th place, along with Parkston’s Quinn Bormann.
“Lincoln Bates kind of came through for us today pretty well and we have been expecting good things out of him,” Horan said. “So he’s starting to show signs that he’s going to be a player.”
Max Tupper was two shots behind Bates and tied for 26th place. Parkston’s Kaleb Weber also shot a 90 and tied for 26th. Mitchell’s Jackson Childs shot a 97 and tied for 47th place. Kade Clark and Noah Larson both shot 99’s and tied for 54th place.
Rapid City Stevens’ Ben Daane was the individual medalist with an even-par 72. In the team race, Rapid City Stevens carded a 312 to win the team title. Watertown (329), Spearfish (346), Aberdeen Central (347) and Mitchell (352) rounded out the top five.
Horan was encouraged to see the Kernels were close behind Aberdeen Central in the team standings.
“They have a real solid team,” Horan said. “It was good to see we are within reach of them and could possibly catch them.”
The Kernels will compete in the Huron Invitational on Friday at Broadland Creek Golf Course. “Broadland is a tough course and it presents a lot of challenges,” Horan said. “Our guys have a lot of experience on there and so we are just looking forward to another chance to show what we have.”