Sabers, Kirby named All-ESD

Two members of the Mitchell High School girls' golf team were named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference team following Saturday's ESD girls' golf meet at Lakeview Golf Course.

Mitchell's Kristin Sabers tees off on the fifth hole during the Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' golf meet Saturday at Lakeview Golf Course. (Travis Mester/Republic)

Two members of the Mitchell High School girls' golf team were named to the all-Eastern South Dakota Conference team following Saturday's ESD girls' golf meet at Lakeview Golf Course.

Mitchell sophomore Kristin Sabers carded a season-best 82 and tied for third with Huron's Taylar Rotert. Courtney Kirby, a senior for the Kernels, finished in a five-way tie for 12th place with an 89 and earned all-conference honors for the second straight season.

The Kernels had a cumulative score of 365 strokes on a picture-perfect day for golf at Lakeview. That score tied them with Brookings for fifth place in the team standings on a day that saw temperatures in the low 70s and very little wind for the players to deal with.

"I was very happy with that," Mitchell coach Mark Horan said. "We had one last year with Courtney and to have two this year is pretty good. Tying for fifth in the conference is about where we expected to play."

Sabers shot a 40 on her first nine holes Saturday and closed her round with a 42 on her final nine. She said it was her short game that helped her play her best round of the spring.


"I shot two better strokes on the front, but I thought I played pretty even throughout the round," said Sabers, who played in the second group of the day alongside Huron's Brittany Rotert, Brandon Valley's Natalie Turner and Aberdeen's Ashlee Miller. "My putting was a lot better today than it has been the past few weeks."

Horan said, for a sophomore, Sabers played about as well as he could have hoped.

"The older you get, the more mature you become," Horan said. "She learned from the (Mitchell) Invite; when you have a mistake, you come back from it. She kept her head in the game all day."

Kirby, who played in the third group of the day with Aberdeen's Amanda Tobin, Pierre's Paige Erickson and Huron's Mackenzie Klein, shot a 42 on her first nine holes before closing with a 47 over her final nine.

"I struggled at the end and I could have played a lot better," Kirby said. "My short game was a lot better at the beginning of the day and I struggled toward the end; I think I was getting tired over the last few holes."

Yankton sophomore Megan Mingo shot a 77 -- a 37 over her first nine holes -- to win the ESD individual title. She also led Yankton to its first-ever team conference title.

Mingo finished three shots clear of Brookings' Dani Selberg, who carded a 39 on her final nine holes to finish with an 80. Selberg and Mingo played in the first group of the day with Pierre's Hallie Getz and Watertown's Hailee Pieper. Pieper carded an 83 to finish fifth and Getz was sixth with an 84.

"I'm excited about that score, very much," Mingo said. "I've probably played this course about five times over the years and I usually shoot better on the front nine."


Mingo's 77 led Yankton to the team title with a cumulative score of 341, which was seven strokes better than Huron's second-place finish. Aberdeen Central was third with a 350 and Pierre took fourth with a 359.

"She's completely steady. She never gets emotional and she never misses the fairway," Horan said of Mingo. "She just smooth every time."

Mitchell shot nine strokes worse than it did at its invitational last week at Lakeview.

"I thought we actually played pretty well," Kirby said. "We're pretty young."

Junior Kendra Cersosimo and freshman Macy Miller each carded 97s to tie for 27th for the Kernels. Angie Lorenzen shot a 103 to tie for 36th and Allysa Sorenson carded a 113 to place 47th.

"With the fast greens and the pressure of a conference meet and all that, I thought we competed well (Saturday)," Horan said.

The Kernels travel to Watertown on Tuesday for a meet that Horan said will be a chance for the junior varsity players to get some action. Mitchell also will travel Thursday to Brookings for an invitational. Brookings also hosts the Great 8 meet on May 16 before hosting the state tournament May 23-24.

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