Mitchell girls golf start season strong, finishes third at Harrisburg Invite

Sophomore Allison Meyerink and eighth-grader Maddie Childs tied for fifth place out of 64 competitors to lead the Kernels to a third-place finish as a team.

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HARRISBURG, S.D. — With a break in the cold and windy weather, the Harrisburg Invitational was moved up three days to Monday, with Mitchell among the 11 Class AA golf teams to take advantage of the conditions at Spring Creek Golf Course.

For the Kernels, Allison Meyerink and Maddie Childs tied for fifth place out of 64 competitors to lead Mitchell to a third-place finish as a team.

Meyerink, a sophomore, and Childs, an eighth-grader, are two of Mitchell’s returning players who played in the Class AA state tournament last season. Both led the way on Monday with team-best scores of 81 in their first rounds of the year.

Harrisburg’s Reese Jansa shot a tournament-low score of 72, leading the Tigers to the victory with a team score of 331. Aberdeen Central finished in second place with 342, with Mitchell just behind them with a team score of 345. Pierre and Sioux Falls Lincoln rounded out the top-five, finishing with scores of 349 and 351, respectively.

Mitchell sophomore Quinn Dannenbring also finished in the top 20, shooting an 88 over 18 holes to finish tied for 16th place. Jayli Rients (95, T-35th), Lara Widstrom (99, T-39th) and Ava Eliason (99, T-39th) rounded out the Kernels’ competitors' performances for the day.


The Kernels’ will be in action again next week to take on Harrisburg, Sioux Falls Washington and Yankton in the Yankton Quadrangular on Thursday, April 21 at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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