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Winckler on top at Class B girls

SIOUX FALLS -- Jenna Winckler is in the running for the individual title and Andes Central is in position to come home with some hardware as a team. That's what coach Tom Cooney was hoping for when the Class B girls' state golf tournament at Elmw...

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Freeman's Courtney Lickteig blasts out of a bunker on the fourth hole at the Class B state girls' golf meet Monday at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls. (Troy Maroney/Brookings Register)

SIOUX FALLS -- Jenna Winckler is in the running for the individual title and Andes Central is in position to come home with some hardware as a team.

That's what coach Tom Cooney was hoping for when the Class B girls' state golf tournament at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls started Monday.

"(We) still have a chance at hardware and the individual leader, so we just have to finish our business (today)," he said.

The two-day state tournament concludes today.

Winckler not only led Andes Central on the first day with a 79, but the score was good enough to put her at the top of the Class B leaderboard.

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Winckler said the key to her day was how she drove the ball and how she putted.

"With where I am sitting, it was an all-around good day of golf for me," she said. "My driving went really well (Monday). I put myself in position for a good putt each time, and if I had a long put, I put it in position for a tap in."

Winckler does not have much breathing room, though, going into today's second round. Tiera Feller, of Sully Buttes, is one stroke behind Winckler and Kelsey Goens, of Deubrook Area, and Jordan Trohkimoinen, of Newell, are each three strokes back.

"It's pretty tight, so anything can happen," Winckler said. "I just have to play my game again and hopefully it turns out to be another good day."

As a team, Andes Central shot a 300 and is in sixth place. Sophomore twin sisters Kellie and Krista Winckler finished with a 110 and 111, respectively.

Last year, Kellie Winckler placed fourth at the state tournament. Cooney said she just had a tough day.

"It was more of a technique flaw that crept out and crawled into her mind; it's something that happens to all of us," he said. "That's part of the sport, and I know she will bounce back (today) and she wants to get things worked out."

Deuel leads the tournament with a 273 and Deubrook is two strokes back in second place. Sully Buttes is third with a 276.

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Even though a team title may be a bit out of reach, Cooney said the team should still be able to achieve its goal.

"One of them that are in front of us could have a golfer have the day that Kellie had, and that puts us back in it," he said. "The goal was to get some hardware, and that's still achievable."

Freeman is one place and one stroke ahead of Andes Central after the first day. The Flyers were led by senior Courtney Lickteig, who shot an 88 and is in ninth place.

The score was a little higher than Lickteig wanted, though, according to Freeman coach Ryan Mors.

"She shot a 41 on the front (nine), and then on the back (nine) she had a couple of holes that hurt her a bit," he said. "She is disappointed, but she is in the top 10, has a positive attitude and still has a chance to move into a top-five finish (today)."

Shelby Bauer came in with Freeman's second-best score with a 100 and Megan Egan carded a 111. Three golfers score for the team at the Class B tournament.

Mors said if the three shoot about the same today, Freeman will be in good position to place at state.

"If Courtney can post a low score, Shelby and Megan are the wild cards," he said. "Shelby wants to shoot under 100, and that's where she was at (Monday), and if Megan can improve by three or four strokes, then we have a chance. I would expect us to be in the same ballpark as (Monday), maybe lower."

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