YANKTON -- The Mitchell High School boys golf team fought the wind on the final day of the Class AA state meet.
It showed in the scores across the 17-team field on Tuesday at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club. The Kernels carded a 346, though maintained ninth place as its two-day 677 fell one stroke short of Harrisburg and Watertown in seventh.
“It’s one of those ‘what ifs,’ ” Mitchell coach Mark Horan said. “It wasn’t for lack of trying. Everybody put out maximum effort. Sometimes you need to sink a putt here or get a bounce there.”
Sioux Falls Roosevelt (625) narrowly edged Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Sioux Falls Lincoln (627) for the team title. Roosevelt was led by individual winner Jack Lundin, who carded a 150.
The wind didn’t faze Max Dailey, though, who ended his career by medaling in a tie for 15th. He shot an 80 for a second straight day, recording a birdie on Hole No. 16 and 10 pars.
“Really proud of Max for his effort,” Horan said. “He really put in a lot of time this summer.”
Kade Clark (170) placed 38th, in part due to an eagle on Hole No. 1. Lincoln Bates (172) followed in 41st as he birdied the first hole.
Max Tupper rounded out the Kernels’ team score by shooting a second-day 87 to place 43rd with a 175. He shot par on seven holes.
“(Tupper) didn’t have that big number,” Horan said. “(Monday) he had one hole where he had a great big number, hit a couple out of bounds. (Tuesday) he avoided that trouble.”
Jackson Childs (189) took 67th and Noah Larson (213) placed 85th for Mitchell, as well.
“One of the more enjoyable seasons (assistant coach Merv) Bouchie and I had,” Horan said. “They’re great kids and did everything we asked of them. They worked, they improved and I think they kind of peaked at state tournament time.”