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Yankton tops Mitchell to retain Marchand Cup

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Mitchell's Max Tupper, left, and Max Dailey, kneeling, watch Tupper's putt on No. 9 at Lakeview Golf Course on Tuesday during the Rob Marchand Memorial Cup. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

The Mitchell High School boys golf team couldn’t take back the Rob Marchand Cup on Tuesday.

The Kernels fell to Yankton 16.5-7.5 as the Bucks retained the cup for the second straight season at the Lakeview Golf Course. The Ryder Cup-style tournament is scored three different ways, with the first six holes as a four-ball best-ball, holes 7-12 were a two-man scramble and holes 13-18 were individual match play.

“We have been going pretty hard at it for several meets now and that’s kind of a refreshing break from that format,” Mitchell golf coach Mark Horan said. “I guess the whole point of the thing was to have some fun because it’s named after Rob Marchand, who was really a fun guy.”

The Bucks won the best ball by a 4.5-1.5 score and the scramble by a 4-2 score. Yankton also won the singles, 8-4.

Kernel seniors Max Dailey and Max Tupper teamed up to win their best ball and scramble rounds. Dailey won his match play over Austin Frick, 3&1.

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“The two Max’s are pretty solid players -- especially Max Dailey,” Horan said. “He is really on the top of his game. They got a lot of points for us.”

Seventh-graders -- Brady Reiners and Benny Wilber -- combined to score 2.5 points for the Kernels. They halved their best-ball round and won their scramble round. Wilber also claimed his singles round for one point.

“We had a couple little seventh graders, who were playing like sophomores and juniors that scored quite a few points for us,” Horan said. “... That’s very encouraging. We have a bunch of young kids and they are two of the better ones.”

Jackson Childs and Noah Larson halved their singles rounds for .5 points each. Masen Thompson won his match for a point.

The Kernels will play at the Yankton Invitational on Sept. 13 at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club. Mitchell was scheduled to play in the Chamberlain Invitational on Thursday, but it’s been canceled due to wet conditions at the Chamberlain Country Club.

“It will be a little bit of a break and we are ready for it,” Horan said. “We want to work on some things.”

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