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Lakeview set to host Class AA state tourney

The fairways and greens at Lakeview Municipal Golf Course are ready for some of the best high school golfers in the state to come play. The Mitchell course will host the boys' Class AA state golf tournament Monday and Tuesday and course manager D...

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(Kevin Pottebaum/Republic) Pictured is the tee box for Hole 11 at Lakeview Municipal Golf Course in Mitchell. The course will host the Class AA boys' state golf tournament Monday and Tuesday.
Mitchell Republic file photo

The fairways and greens at Lakeview Municipal Golf Course are ready for some of the best high school golfers in the state to come play.

The Mitchell course will host the boys' Class AA state golf tournament Monday and Tuesday and course manager Dan Sabers said he is excited for the event.

"It's huge to get 96 of the best players in the state and showcase your course," he said. "The field is probably as deep as it's been and we like having it here."

The last state tournament hosted by Lakeview was the Class AA girls' state tournament in May 2008.

Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross said Mitchell enjoys hosting the tournament and is proud to have Lakeview as the Kernels' home course.

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"We have a beautiful golf course and (hosting the tournament) is good for the community," he said. "Those kids that qualify deserve a great tournament and that's what we're planning on providing them."

Sabers said his crew has had to work harder with the dry summer, but the time and effort put in has paid off.

"We have to try to keep it in great shape and it's in unbelievable shape right now," he said. "It's about as good as it's been all year."

Eric Hieb, an employee at the course for nine years, said he takes pride in the course when it hosts big events, such as the upcoming state tournament.

"People from out of town come and play and don't know the course, but they say it's a great course," he said. "When they enjoy the good conditions and play well, it makes it more enjoyable for everyone."

Sabers said the condition of the course is vital with many out of town players coming to the tournament.

"The last thing you want to do is not have your fairways or greens in the best shape and they talk about it," he said. "If you have it in great shape, you get repeat rounds for the rest of their lives."

Sabers also added that as a municipal course, Lakeview feels it represents the entire city and wants to make a good impression for the Mitchell community.

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No major changes were made to the course in preparation for the tournament. Hieb said the grounds crew spent some additional time this week remarking the out of bounds areas but did nothing else out of the ordinary.

The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Monday and runs through Tuesday. Sabers said many students from across the state have been getting practice rounds on the course all year.

"Moms and dads have been taking kids here all summer," he said.

Lakeview plans on hosting state tournaments more often in the future, as it will have the Class B boys' and girls' tournaments in 2014 and the Class AA girls' return to Mitchell in 2016.

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