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Kimball boys working toward placing at state meet for first time

PLANKINTON -- Since its inception in 1997, the Kimball boys' golf team has never placed at the state golf meet. This year, the team's goal is to end that streak. Coming into the season, Kimball had won two tournaments in its history. This year, t...

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Kimball's Shawn Harmon watches his ball as he misses his putt on the ninth hole Friday in Plankinton at Fish Lake Country Club. (Justin Rust/Republic)

PLANKINTON -- Since its inception in 1997, the Kimball boys' golf team has never placed at the state golf meet.

This year, the team's goal is to end that streak.

Coming into the season, Kimball had won two tournaments in its history. This year, the school doubled its tournament wins total by winning the Mount Vernon Invite April 7 in Mitchell at Lakeview Golf Course and the Pickstown Invite April 29 in Pickstown.

But Kimball was dealt a blow to its ego Friday at the Cornbelt Conference Invite/Great Fish Lake Shootout in Plankinton.

White Lake/Plankinton won both meets after shooting a 261 -- two strokes better than Kimball's team score.

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"I think we might have come in a little overconfident, but I think we did a good job of coming back in the back nine," Kimball sophomore Russell Pick said. "It woke us up and showed us that we need to get ready for regions."

Kimball competes at the Pre-Region meet Monday in Mitchell at Lakeview Golf Course before its Region 4B meet May 13 in Mitchell at Lakeview.

The region title will not come easy, either. Kimball is in the same region as South Central.

"They either get first or we get first," Kimball coach Jan Miedema said of South Central. "(Platte-Geddes) is also very good and Dakota Christian golfed well down at Pickstown. So there's a few other teams behind us that we can't let up for."

"That's what the boys have to learn from (Friday). You can't take a tournament off."

While the team is very motivated to place at the state tournament, Miedema said the team has to make it there first. The top two teams from the region meet make the state tournament.

"Obviously, we want to make sure we get there first," he said. "We could have a bad round and anything could happen. We still have to get the team through regions.

"When we do that, and I am hoping that we do, then we will set a new goal of state placing."

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Kimball's team does not have a senior on it and is led by junior Shawn Harmon -- who finished in second in the Cornbelt with an 86. Pick carded an 87 to finish in fourth place and was followed by junior Dylan Konechne -- who shot a 90. Sophomore Stephan Miedema rounded out the scoring for Kimball with a 92.

Golf is actually a club sport at Kimball, but Jan Miedema said the school allows the team to use its name. The team does have to provide for everything else, though.

Harmon said he and his teammates spend about $110 to be on the team -- which he said shows how dedicated the team is.

Harmon said he knows that no Kimball teams have ever placed at state. He wants to become the first.

"We are extremely motivated and that's our main goal," he said. "We think we are all good enough that the top three can shoot in the 70s.

"We want to represent our schools, and put a banner up for golf for once."

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