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Kernel golfers eyeing strong finish

PIERRE--The Mitchell boys golf team is looking to put everything together for two more rounds this season. The Kernels will play in the Class AA state boys golf tournament today and Tuesday at Hillsview Golf Course in Pierre. Mitchell coach Mark ...

Mitchell's Nick Bennett tees off at Hole No. 18 on Sept. 15 at the Mitchell Invitational at Lakeview Golf Course. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)
Mitchell's Nick Bennett tees off at Hole No. 18 on Sept. 15 at the Mitchell Invitational at Lakeview Golf Course. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

PIERRE-The Mitchell boys golf team is looking to put everything together for two more rounds this season.

The Kernels will play in the Class AA state boys golf tournament today and Tuesday at Hillsview Golf Course in Pierre.

Mitchell coach Mark Horan said the young Kernels, who have just one senior, have shown flashes this season. He's hoping for two final consistent rounds of the season.

"As I look through the scores for the year, everyone of our guys-1-through-6-have been 80 or below at various times and right before the conference meet we had a real good showing at Watertown," Horan said. "So we are kind of up and down, but if we all kind of put it together, we could have a good state meet."

The Kernels will take six golfers-Ethan Huber, Max Dailey, Tate Krcil, Nick Bennett, Max Tupper and Kade Clark-to the state meet.

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"Ethan Huber has been our No. 1 player all year," Horan said. "He looks real good at times. He's just got to avoid the big wrecks and then our senior Tate Krcil has really been playing well at the end of the year."

The six players are familiar with the course in Pierre. The Kernels played in the Pierre Invitational earlier this season and also during the South Dakota Golf Association Junior Tour in recent years.

Horan said the previous experience with the course will be benefit the team this week. He added there's three key holes that could sway a round one way or another.

"There's three critical holes we think you have to get through without having a big wreck," Horan said. "There's 6, 11 and 12 that are kind of tight holes with hazards on both sides. If we get through those with mostly bogeys or less, I think we can shoot some good scores."

Lee, Caldwell in group No. 1

DAKOTA DUNES-The Class A state boys golf tournament is today and Tuesday at Dakota Dunes Country Club. Chamberlain's Cameron Caldwell and Parkston's Jacob Lee are two of four golfers in the No. 1 group.

Lee, a senior, won last year's Class A state title and recently helped the Trojans win the recent Region 3A tournament in Pierre.

Caldwell, a freshman, won the Region 3A individual title with an even-par 72. He edged out Lee by two shots for the crown.

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